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September Learning Partner is SAGES Foundation
September Learning Partner is SAGES Foundation
Sheri Hicken
Sunday, September 09, 2018

"Meet SAGES' Learning Partner" is a special monthly segment showcasing the valuable people, businesses, and groups who contribute to the success of our school. For September, we’re featuring SAGES Foundation!

A 501 (C) 3 non-profit, SAGES Foundation was created for the purpose of supporting the School for Agricultural and Environmental Studies (SAGES) to strive for a high quality education for all learners, kindergarten through 6th grade. All Foundation members are unpaid volunteers and currently include: Dale Paul, Cody Eilbes, Melinda Opalewski, Jeff Hicken, and Kathy Paul.

Though a small group, their efforts to fundraise and seek sponsorship and donations are exponential! Over the past six years, the Foundation provided $38,997.23 for purchases of requested technology, learning tools, staff professional development training, and more that went above the school district's budget. Beyond monetary gifts, SAGES' learners also benefit from a vacant lot donated to the Foundation for the school's use. That plot of land on the corner of State and Crocker Streets in Fox Lake is now home to "Annie's Garden: A Community Garden Project Created & Maintained by SAGES' Learners."

The Foundation’s main fundraising events each year include the “Friends of SAGES Banquet” in early-April, plus their annual "Craft Fair & Bake Sale" in July and "Golf Outing" — held recently on Saturday, August 24! (View snapshots from the day here -

Thanks to the Foundation (and those who have donated to this organization) for your help in sustaining SAGES through financial gifts you’ve secured!