Campaign of Champions Report
The Campaign of Champions kicked-off nearly a year ago and we recently published a report to show donors what they accomplished with their donations of $386,000 at that time. That number has now increased to $490,000. Take a stroll through the report and see what has been accomplished at Whitney Young.
Help push us to the top. Imagine what we could accomplish if we got there.
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The Science Department has one new Science Lab giving students in all chemistry classes necessary labs and furnishings to help them succeed with their interesting and challenging labs, group work, and independent study.
The Computer Science Lab received new furnishings for its 180 students that use it six periods of the day. The new flexible layout has space for students to work on group projects as well as individual programming. The center of the room has big tables, which give space for students to design their projects in groups, build Lego models, make posters, or discuss. Desktop machines that dual boot Windows (for the introductory classes) and Linux (for the advanced classes) are spread around the perimeter so that they do not interfere with group interactions but are available when they are needed.
After school the following clubs use the space: Innovation Club which won a 3D printer for the school last year in the Chicago Maker Challenge, Aerospace Club, Girls Who Code, Robotics, and CoDev, a new programming club this year run by AP Computer Science students based on their summer internship experience in Summer 2015.
The Whitney Young Library has received new carpeting replacing the carpeting that was nearly 40 years old. This space now has a fresh, clean look making the space more attractive and useable for students, parents and visitors.
Red and Blue Houses have new furniture replacing decades-old red and blue lunchroom tables and chairs. Dolphin students have been enjoying the new space, which features a variety of furniture pieces to better accommodate a nutritious meal, a last minute study break, or even a well-deserved relaxation period.
Graphics Lab has received new furniture and computers enabling students in Graphic Design, Computer Image Generation, 3D Design, 2D Drawing, Digital Photography and Print Imaging to explore techniques, design work, and solve problems faced by creative professionals in fields such as advertising, publishing and design.
Jeanette Gordon, WY Dance Instructor is thrilled with the new floor in the Dance Studio. The new floor absorbs energy and offers a degree of "traction" allowing dancers to fully and artistically express their movements without fear of slipping or injury. Over 250 Whitney Young dancers can perform confidently and safely because of our new Harlequin flooring and spring sub-floor beneath.
We have accomplished much in the past year and are almost to our goal, thanks to you. Not everything is checked off of our wish list yet. With additional support we could add another science lab, student lockers, classroom curtains, outdoor signage, weight room, auditorium improvements and more.
We will keep you informed as the Campaign continues. If you are interested in making another gift this year, or if you know of someone that may want to get involved, please click here for more information. Or contact Deb Keegan, WY Director of Development at 312.952.0219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for being a Champion!