All of us at Eli’s Cheesecake are proud to support Vaughn Occupational High School. Named for the visionary leader of the Chicago Teacher’s Union, Vaughn serves exclusively special education students with mild to moderate cognitive disabilities.

Eli’s partners with Vaughn on workforce and community activities in cooperation with our campus and educational partner, Wright College. We were delighted this week when Patricia Bonness, Science Teacher, at Vaughn was named as one of 93 winners in the State of Illinois for a BP A+ Plus for Energy Grant for her program “Put a Little Sunshine on Your Plate.” This is great recognition for the talented faculty and students at Vaughn and power of partnerships with Wright Colleges, Eli’s and other community partners

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:June 21, 2007

CPS Teachers Receive $220,000 in Energy Grants from BP

24 Teachers Earn Up To $10,000 Each for Classroom Energy Projects

 

Twenty-four teachers from 23 Chicago Public Schools have earned A+ for Energy grants from BP; the awards – of $5,000 or $10,000 – will be distributed Thursday at a reception at the Museum of Science and Industry.

 

Teachers applied for the grants with descriptions of creative classroom, after-school, extra-curricular or summer activities involving energy education and conservation. Winning entries include converting a bus to be fueled with used cooking oil, adding a greenhouse to a school campus, sponsoring “Energy Nights” for the community, and developing a recycling program for a school. Students will study, observe, build, convert and report on their projects with each other, their schools and their communities.

 

“This is an exciting opportunity for our teachers to take the lead on energy education, and for students at all grade levels to have hands-on learning opportunities,” said Arne Duncan, CPS Chief Executive Officer. “These projects impact not just the students but their schools and communities as well.”

 

BP also will provide winning teachers with a $1,500 scholarship to attend a three-day energy training conference, sponsored by BP and presented in partnership with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project. In
addition, BP will cover the cost of travel, meals, lodging and a $500 kit of instructional materials (tools and resources for teacher activities) associated with the training program.

 

“We are extremely pleased to recognize some of Chicagoland’s top teachers, whose creativity in the classroom both inspires and encourages students to be good energy consumers,” said Doris Salamón Chagin, BP Community Affairs Director – Midwest US. “The A+ for Energy program reinforces BP’s longstanding commitment to quality education. We are actively engaging with communities where our employees live and work, helping to enhance education, encourage enterprise development, and promote alternative energy solutions.”

 

BP piloted the A+ for Energy program in 2004 in California. Designed to create exciting and memorable education experiences around the subject of energy for students, the program is open to all accredited K-12 teachers in public and private schools. This year BP awarded more than $1 million in grants and scholarships to Chicagoland teachers. In all, 93 educators from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties were awarded cash grants of $5,000 or $10,000 for their programs.

 

The Chicago Public Schools is the nation’s third largest school system. It includes more than 600 schools and serves about 415,000
students.

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CHICAGO WINNERS

School Teacher’s Name Project

Award

Abraham Lincoln Elementary Susan Nutter LETTHE SUN SHINE IN!

$10,000

Al Raby High School for Community and Environment David Levine Algae Hits the Road and the Smokestack

$10,000

Amundsen High School James Czuchra Exploring Solar Energy

$5,000

Courtenay Language Arts Center Lindsay Annunzio Save Our Land and Resources (SOLAR)

$10,000

Curie Metropolitan High School for the Performing Arts Melinda Wilson “Energize Me!”

$10,000

D.S. Wentworth Ophelia Doyle The Solar Project

$10,000

Daniel Webster Andromeda Bellamy Energy and Society: An Energy and Technology Enrichment/Step-Up
Academy

$10,000

Dodge Renaissance Academy Sarah Zablotny Creating Energy Ambassadors

$10,000

George Washington High School Gloria Hafer We Can Do Better with Less

$10,000

Hibbard Elementary School Phyllis Wooddell The Hibbard School Solar-Powered Amusement Park

$10,000

Jacqueline Vaughn Occupational High School Patricia Bonness Put a Little Sunshine on Your Plate

$10,000

James Hedges Elementary School Steven Taylor Electrically Energize Mi Edificio con El Sol

$5,000

James Otis Elementary School Cellina Pettiford Global Warming:Man\’s Impact on Earth

$10,000

Jamieson School Diane Walsh Franco “Environmental Art & Science in an Urban School Garden”

$10,000

John D. Shoop Academy of Math, Science and Technology Cristal Boisseau Shoop A Loop Around Energy

$10,000

Kelvyn Park High School Anna Sisto Kelvyn Park Energy Bus

$10,000

Lincoln Elementary School Steven Slaughter We Are the WINDY City!

$10,000

McCorkle Math and Science Academy Janet House McCorkle Greenhouse

$10,000

North Grand High School Phillip Cantor Fat to Fuel: The Biodiesel Veggie Vehicle

$10,000

Oscar Mayer Elementary Pamela Andrews Adventures with Alternative Energy Sources

$10,000

Pershing East Magnet School Catherine Tanner Follow the Energy

$5,000

Victor Herbert Elementary School Jesl Xena Rae Cruz Earth Alert!

$5,000

Wadsworth School Lara Dieckmann A Single Seed

$10,000

Young Women\’s Leadership Charter School Kathleen Grimes Alternative Fuels Project

$10,000

$220,000