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South Wilmington teacher receives IRTAF grant

Tobolsky says funds will be used to buy Kindles

Published: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SOUTH WILMINGTON – The Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation (IRTAF) awarded $15,000 in grant money to several public school educators, Pre-K through 12th grade, in northern Illinois counties. 

On Oct. 2, Beth Tobolsky of South Wilmington Grade School was awarded an IRTAF grant check of $501. Tobolsky said the funds will be used to purchase Kindles as part of Literature Circles.

“The students will be more engaged in learning,” Tobolsky said. “They will be highlighting vocabulary words, looking up their definitions for group discussions and journal entries. As we read, we highlight main events to complete comprehension questions and journal response questions.”

The IRTA Foundation designed this program based on the idea that educators often do not have additional revenue sources available for unique student projects or classroom materials.  This program allotted a total of $15,000 to Illinois public school educators for these purposes.

IRTAF is affiliated with the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, a lobbying group for retired educators, with a current membership of more than 35,000. 

During this program year, the following counties were included:  Aurora Area (Kane), Blackhawk (Rock Island), Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, Elgin Area (Kane), Grundy, Henry, Jo Daviess, Kendall, Knox, Lake, La Salle, Lee, Livingston, Marshall, McHenry, Mercer, North Lake Shore (Cook), Northwest Suburban (Cook), Ogle, Putnam, Stark, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago and Woodford.

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