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Education Foundation continues EATS tradition

EATS participant Cody Lange serving up some soup at last year's EATS. Photo by Rhonda Silence
EATS participant Cody Lange serving up some soup at last year's EATS. Photo by Rhonda Silence

 The mission of the Cook County School District 166 Education Foundation is to offer unique experiences for students through innovative instruction and co-curricular programs. To help fulfill that mission, each year the foundation hosts EATS, an evening of fine food and entertainment.
EATS stands for Enriching Academics Through Sustenance and it is one of the winter’s most anticipated events. Each year the education foundation opens the school doors and invites local restaurants and establishments to serve up samples of their best recipes. The school culinary arts class also takes part, serving up some of the specialties they have learned through the year.
There is also musical entertainment with the Cook County Schools choir and band.
And finally, there is a friendly competition for items on Silent Auction throughout the evening. Auction items include a Towering Pines Canopy Tour, a treatment for cluster flies, several beautiful prints, ceramics, jewelry, hand-knit items, and many gift certificates for local businesses.
New this year is a “buy it now” opportunity for those who don’t want to wait for the Silent Auction to end.
Since its founding, the Cook County Schools Education Foundation has awarded over $189,000 in grant money for ISD 166 classroom projects after school clubs, equipment, and experiences. Last year, the foundation granted about $17,000 in funding requests.

Here is a short list of some of the things supported by the Cook County Education Foundation:
Knowledge Bowl competitions
Two computerized babies for the High School health class
Complete set of Bill Nye Science DVDs
Senior Books & Senior Show expenses
10 graphing calculators for grades 8-12
Middle School Exploratory Days expenses
Concordia Language Villages for High School Spanish class
North House Timber Frame Project with high school Industrial Tech students
Terrence Smith Folk Dancing for K-5
Kindergarten dramatic play centers
World Traveler Day supplies in elementary school
Youth Frontiers Retreats for grades 4, 7, 9 and 12
North House Inuit Soapstone Carving class
​Young Authors Conference registration fees
Math Mission for grades 4 & 5
Clay Club expenses
EATS 2020 is taking place Thursday, March 5, from 6:0 0- 7:30 p.m. at the Cook County Middle School/High School. Tickets are limited to 150 people and are available now from any education foundation board member or at the school.
For more information, or to purchase tickets please call 387-2271, the PreK-12 office.

And for more information, listen in as WTIP's Rhonda Silence learns more.