Community Hospital has reserved $5,000 worth of grants for School District 51 to go towards helping to improve health, wellness, and science-related topics taught in the classroom.

The grant offers up to $250 per request, for teachers looking to gain the necessary tools to teach students more about health. This not only benefits the students, but also the teachers, as many spend hundreds of their own dollars each year to purchase supplies.

Officials at Community Hospital explained they’re always looking for ways to give back to the community and saw the perfect opportunity. Karen Martsolf, with Community Hospital, described how they, “saw a huge need at the beginning of the school year. We were receiving multiple requests from teachers and teacher aids, and even parents who were helping in the classroom for a variety of needs in our school district.”

Janet Magoon, a food science teacher at Central High School, discussed how, “any opportunity for us to secure funds to expand and improve our program is awesome. So when I saw that opportunity, I immediately wrote.” Authorities also said, with the help of these grants, students at Central High School, will be able to utilize new cooking utensils, and learn the proper techniques to make delicious nutritional meals.