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Taft Foundation

LOCKPORT, IL   |  www.TaftFoundation.com

Mission

Taft Foundation is an educational foundation that supports Taft SD 90, a small, underprivileged one-school school district in Lockport, IL. Taft Foundation provides literacy programs, sports, music programs, extracurricular activities, and the performing arts for the students at Taft School. Without Taft Foundation, our children would have none.

Ruling year info

2011

Director

Mrs. Christine Jelinek

Main address

1605 S WASHINGTON ST

LOCKPORT, IL 60441 USA

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EIN

27-3081069

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (N12)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Bragi's Players - A Theatre Arts program for children at Taft School

Taft Foundation is supporting the performing arts through "Bragi's Players" at Taft School in Lockport, IL. Since there is no theater arts program for these K-8 students, Taft Foundation is aiding the school in offering acting/performing arts classes Sept - Dec 2019, and auditions for our musical will begin early Jan 2020. The musical will be in early June, 2020. We need financial help with purchasing scripts, music, set design, costumes, and other odds and ends. Help Taft students get a taste for the stage! We have a historical auditorium (circa 1939) that is in desperate need of a working sound system. Please help make a difference in these children's lives! We are a one school - school district with 330 students that struggle financially. Anything that you could contribute will go right back to the kids!

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) for Taft is an extra-curricular program targeted for middle school students at Taft District 90 in Lockport, IL. Children will challenge their problem-solving skills by building, programming, and decorating task-oriented robots through a LEGO platform. We have added the "A" for art. Why art with science, math, engineering and tech? It helps remove idea inhibition (there’s no wrong answer in art!). It focuses on the process which helps drive innovation. It teaches the power of observation, of people and your surroundings. It helps hone spatial awareness and mathematical concepts like geometry.

Students will compete in local, regional, and state competitions depending on their level of success. Our small one school district lacks the funding for such programs, which are under serving our students. We are lower income (49% free/reduced lunch) and need to enhance our science and technology curriculum. This program would serve 20% of our middle school population. We have a very motivated Science Teacher who is willing to serve as team leader for this project. Many of the resources can be obtained from local programs, but we do need a few computers and a small budget for materials and supplies for our "Bots". Students will begin the after school program in September, and will have weekly meetings before or after school to meet the scheduling needs of our student athletes. The competitions will begin in March/April. Both girls and boys will be encouraged to join. Students will work in teams of 4 and will be mixed in their grade levels for support. Our teacher will also utilize one adult helper in order to facilitate team work and team building. Students will also participate in one outside team building activity early in October to help students get to know each other, build relationships, and formulate bonds to carry over to the STEAM "bot" building.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

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Taft Foundation

Board of directors
as of 05/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Becky Szymkowiak

Patty Colella

Rocky Colella

Jim Alleman

Annie Alleman

Becky Szymkowiak

Jim Calabrese