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Oct 18, 2018

Window World of Joliet Announces 2018 STEM Grant Winners

2018 STEM Grant Winners

Joliet, IL, October 18, 2018 – Window World of Joliet, a replacement window, siding, and door company, today announced the recipients of nine grants in support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Each winning teacher will receive $1,000 to promote the advancement of STEM curriculum in the current school year.

“We live and work in this community and this initiative is designed to support students and teachers here. We were so inspired by what came out of these grants last year and by the quality of this year’s applicants, that we even awarded an additional grant in 2018,” said local Window World owner Brian Hopkins. “We chose to create this STEM education grant initiative because it fits with our mission to support the local community and is rooted in our passion for furthering technology in energy efficiency.”

The Window World of Joliet grants help students strengthen science and math skills as well as promote innovation and generate interest in further STEM studies.

The program is open to teachers throughout the Window World of Joliet sales territory of Will, Kankakee, Grundy, LaSalle and southern Cook counties. This year, dozens of teachers applied for the grants, illustrating the importance of STEM to area educators and the need for resources in the local community.

Selections were made based on the merit and anticipated impact of the submitted plans.

The nine winning teachers are:

Jackie Fiske, Technology Integration Coach at Saint Mary Immaculate Parish School
Zoe Lindstrom, 5th Grade Teacher at Forest Park Individual Education School
Cindy Bulthuis, 5th Grade Teacher at Woodgate Elementary
Holly Camerano, Family and Consumer Science Teacher at Joliet Central High School
Sara Boehnke,  Science Teacher at Indian Trail Middle School
Amy Lingafelter,  Librarian at Joliet West High School
Jeff Brown, CAD, Architecture, Engineering Design, 3D Design-Animation Teacher at Lockport Township High Schoool
Renee Bogacz, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher at Three Rivers School
Katie Beckett, Speech Pathologist at Lynne Thigpen Elementary School

Amy Lingafelter, a librarian at Joliet West High School plans to use the grant money from Window World to build alternative energy device chargers using bikes and generators. “Our Advanced Electricity students are going to build them, and we will unveil them during this upcoming spring’s STEM Week,” said Lingafelter.

Other grant winners will use the funds in a wide range of applications, from the purchase of solar-powered toys to demonstrate the transfer of energy from the sun to living things on earth, to materials for robot construction, to subscription fees which will give students access to professionally designed curricula.