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WHS Library hosted Winnebago Area Chamber of Commerce After Hours Event

On Wednesday, May 15th the Winnebago High School Library hosted the Winnebago Area Chamber of Commerce After Hours event from 5:30-7:30 pm.This was a special Winnebago Area Chamber of Commerce After Hours event because it is specifically joining three influential Winnebago area groups, which include the Winnebago Area Chamber of Commerce members, the Winnebago CUSD #323 School Board members, and the Winnebago Foundation of Educational Excellence, together to celebrate the culmination of the Winnebago High School library renovation project and hear an update on Winnebago CUSD #323 Referendum & Strategic Plan update.

In January 2018, the Winnebago Foundation of Educational Excellence (FEE) granted $6,000 to the WHS Library to financially support a project based learning project between the WHS Library and the Construction Level 2 class. The renovation included a brand new library circulation desk and bookshelf countertop that was designed and built by WHS Students. Additionally, the funds supported creating a space for redesigning a Collaboration Room and adding a Makerspace that included a 3D Printer, Cricut and Sewing Machine as featured tools for students use.

This special event recognized the Foundation of Educational Excellence for their financial contribution towards renovating the WHS Library into a 21st century learning environment.
WHS students from the Career and Technical Education Department practiced their networking skills with Chamber Members and those in attendance in regards to the Career Readiness Programs they participate in, as well as students who helped with the renovation and use the Makerspace. WHS Culinary Arts prepared Hawaiian Pulled Pork, Asian Coleslaw, Veggie Pizza and Scotcharoos to showcase their culinary skills

At 6:15 pm there was a short presentation that included a brief recap by Staci Thompson, Winnebago CUSD #323 school librarian regarding the WHS Library Renovation and special recognition of FEE (Foundation of Educational Excellence) for their $6,000 donation towards the project. Additionally, Dr. John Schwuchow shared a Referendum & Strategic Facilities Planning Update.


Mrs. Staci Thompson, Winnebago CUSD #323 School Librarian and Dr. John Schwuchow, Superintendent present to the Winnebago Area Chamber of Commerce members, FEE Members and members of the Board of Education about regarding the Library Renovation Completion, Referendum Update and current status of the District Strategic Plan. 

Students in Mrs. Erickson's Culinary Arts Classes pose for a picture in front of the food they prepared for the Winnebago Area Chamber of Commerce After Hours Event in the WHS Library.

Below, students Kate F., Makenzie S., and Alissa C. work with WHS Library Aide Ellen Traum on various projects using the Cricut and Sewing Machine, along with the 3D printer that are part of the new Makerspace in the WHS Library after renovating the space and building a new circulation desk, courtesy of a $6,000 grant from Winnebago Foundation for Education Excellence (FEE).  

German American State Bank representatives Peggy Johnson and Jeff Sterling have a conversation with Dr. John Schwuchow, Superintendent during the After Hours Event.  

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200 East McNair Road
Winnebago, IL 61088

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Student Services Director: Christine Kaufman
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304 East McNair Road
Winnebago IL 61088

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