The mission of the Unit 9 Academic Foundation is to inspire excellence and enrich academic opportunities by creatively generating support for Unit 9 students.
We envision that the Unit 9 Academic Foundation will support those activities that focus on inspiration and encourage student learning:
Since its incorporation in 1993, the non-profit, tax-exempt Unit 9 Academic Foundation has endeavored to provide funds beyond the normal operating budget for educational enrichment programs and equipment for students in the district. Funds are raised by generous donations from individuals, businesses, organizations, clubs, financial institutions and alumni. Local trusts also contribute to a portion of the monies raised each year. To date, the Foundation has contributed over $700,000 to benefit a variety of projects within Unit 9. The Foundation Board of Directors is made up of members of the community. Board members meet monthly and serve to make decisions regarding the raising, management and expenditure of funds with the Board of Education's concurrence.
Academic Foundation Pride Night
The academic achievements of Unit 9 students, grades 1-12, are recognized at this event. Community members are encouraged to attend to honor student efforts and bid on auction items to benefit the Foundation.
Honor someone special who has passed away by making a donation in his/her name.
Tribute and Graduation Gifts
Honor someone special on his/her birthday, anniversary or graduation by making a gift.
Donations are accepted throughout the year. Checks can be made payable to Unit 9 Academic Foundation and sent to:
Unit 9 Academic Foundation
1411 W. Lafayette Street
Watseka, IL 60970
Planning today can provide future opportunities for students. Planned giving includes endowments, trusts, wills, retirement funds, life insurance, etc.
Many alumni have made a contribution on behalf of their graduating classmates.
All gifts are appropriately recognized and are tax deductible.
**If making a memorial or tribute gift contribution, please indicate with a note when submitting online donation**
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