About the Grants

The School Membership Incentive Grant

The District-Wide Grant – (previously All School Large Grant)

The Karen Wessel Barr Traditional Teacher Grants

The Marian Elliott Excellence in Education Teacher Grants

5th Grade Revolutionary War Historical Reenactment

Karen Wessel-Barr Traditional Teacher Grants

The traditional teacher grants were re-named in 2015 to the “Karen Wessel Barr Traditional Teacher Grants”. Karen Wessel-Barr died tragically in an accident while saving the lives of three children. She was a recipient of the Carnegie Medal which is awarded to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving the lives of others. We hope that the Karen Wessel-Barr Traditional Teacher Grants honor this devoted parent and ABC/25 Foundation school liaison who worked diligently to make sure that all students in the district were able to receive an exceptional learning experience.

Marian Elliott Excellence in Education Teacher Grants 

The Marian Elliott grants are a result of a generous endowment from former District 25 teacher, Marian Elliott to benefit District 25 students, teachers, and administrators.  Ms. Elliott’s intent for the use of the funds was “to support teacher grants for enhancing student learning experiences.” Marian Elliott began her teaching career in Arlington Heights at North School Park and continued teaching in several District 25 schools for 41 years until she retired in 1981. Ms. Elliott was a dedicated educator, known for her ability to connect with her students as well to mentor younger teachers. Marian was active professionally in speech and teaching organizations. She was the head of District 25 speech department and a member of the special education advisory team. We hope that the Marian Elliott Excellence in Education Teacher Grants honor this devoted teacher.