Crowd Funding Opportunities


Below, please find an ever-changing list of crowd-funding opportunities created by USD #116 teachers and staff.  These funding requests span our District and represent all grade levels, as well as academic, athletic, and extracurricular activities.

To learn more about a project, click on any title and you will be taken to the projects' page on the various crowd-funding sites.  The projects below are listed in order of deadline date.  Check back often to see additional opportunities to support #TigerLearning!

Current projects:

Title: Connected Learning Using Google Chromebooks
Teacher/School: Mr. Schmitt, Urbana High School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: Dec. 8, 2016

Title: Ceramics Studio Upgrade
Teacher/School: Ms. Lagerstam, Urbana High School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: Dec. 11, 2016

Title: Songwriting: Making Our Own Beats!
Teacher/School: Mrs. Park / Urbana High School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: Dec. 17, 2016

Title: Balanced Balls for Balanced Learners
Teacher/School: Mrs. Case / Urbana High School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: January 15, 2017

Title: Dependable Tech for Dependable Learners
Teacher/School: Ms. Summers / Urbana High School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: January 18, 2017

Title: Unique Seating Options for Every Unique Child!
Teacher/School: Mrs. Y / Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr. Elementary
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: Jan. 28, 2017

Title: We Like To Move It, Move It!
Teacher/School: Mrs. John / Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr. Elementary
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: February 5, 2017

Title: Scientists in the Making: Stay Organized and Share Ideas!
Teacher/School: Mrs. G. / Urbana Middle School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: Feb. 20, 2017

Title: Highlighted Learning with Headphones and a Book Display
Teacher/School:  Ms. Ferguson / Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: March 1, 2017

Title: Perfectly Printed Pages for the Peanuts
Teacher/School: Ms. Jones / Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: March 11, 2017

Special efforts:

Title: Thomas Paine Prairie P.A.T.H. (Promoting Play, Adventure, Thoughtfulness, and Healthy Habits)
Group:  Thomas Paine PTA
Platform: Crowdrise

Title:  UMS Cheerleading Team
Group:  UMS Tiger Cheer Squad
Platform: GoFundMe


On-going efforts

District wide:

The Evelyn Burnett Underwood Instrumental Assistance Program (EBU) has provided instruments and other assistance to more than 950 Urbana students from historically underrepresented groups since its inception 20 years ago.  During the 2014-15 school year, 183 students participated in instrumental music classes because of the EBU program. Sustained mostly through private donations, EBU serves as an outstanding example of community support for the arts in Urbana.  If you would like more information about EBU, either to donate money or instruments or see if your student may be eligible for support, contact Stacey Peterik at speterik@usd116.org.

Urbana Middle School:

Join iGive and help Urbana Middle School earn money during holiday season and all year long when you shop online!

This website allows UMS and the individual grade teams to raise money without car washes, selling candy or bake sales... but rather simply benefitting from the online shopping you already do!
It only takes a few minutes to sign up. After that, adding the iGive button to your browser makes it easy to automatically donate every time you make a purchase or book travel arrangements on select websites. It's all free and so simple!
iGive is a free service where shopping at any of the over 1700 socially-responsible stores help make donations happen. Stores like Amazon, Travelocity, Overstock, and many more, means a donation to your favorite cause.
To learn more or sign up now, use this link:  http://www.igive.com/EEuP2LE

Expired Projects:

Title: iPad Project 2014
Teacher/School: Ms. Ramey, Wiley Elementary
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: December 3, 2015
Status: Ended

Title: Say Cheese and Help Our Yearbook Program
Teacher/School: Courtney Thomas, Urbana High School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: January 13, 2015
Status: FUNDED!

Title:  Painting Our Dreams
Teacher/School: Susan Gleason, Urbana High School
Platform:  Donorschoose.org
Deadline:  April 6, 2015
*Please note: If donation is made by December 14, 2014 with the promo code SPARK during checkout, donations are doubled for this project (up to $100).
Status:  FUNDED!

Title: Preeminent Pens and Pencils
Teacher/School: Jill Lagerstam, Urbana High School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: March 25, 2015
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Purple Power Carpet
Teacher/School: Gail Beck, Leal Elementary
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: March 31, 2015
Status: FUNDED!

Title: iPads for Learning
Teacher/School: Nieves Marian-Gonzalo, Leal Elementary
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: March 31, 2015
Status: FUNDED!

Title: The Writing Process: Help Us Publish!

Teacher/School:  Lisa Ferguson, King Elementary
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: January 19, 2015
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Speech to Text Technology to Increase Writing Skills!
Teacher/School:  Mrs. C, Urbana Middle School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: March 10, 2015
Status: FUNDED!

Title: The Prestige of Printmaking
Teacher/School: Jill Lagerstam, Urbana High School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: May 5, 2015
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Snyder's Shakespearians
Teacher/School: Ms. Snyder, Wiley Elementary
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: May 30, 2015
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Help! We Ran Out of Instruments and Students are Eager!
Teacher/School: Karen DeBauche, Urbana Middle School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: March 13, 2015
Status: FUNDED!

Title:  Celebrating Diversity Through Children's Literature!
Teacher/School: Lisa Ferguson, King Elementary
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: April 28, 2015
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Working Our Way to Independence
Teacher/School: Ms. Larson, Urbana High School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: May 19, 2015
Status: FUNDED!

Title: UMS 7th Grade Go To Medieval Times
School:  UMS - all 7th grade classes
Platform: Gofundme.com
Status: Expired

Title: Creating School Spirit Among Students
Teacher/School: Mrs. Thomas, Urbana High School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: May 11, 2015
Status: Ended

Name: What Do You Mean "Throw" Pottery?!
Teacher/School: Jill Lagerstam, Urbana High School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: June 13, 2015
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Legos Create Meaning
Teacher/School: Mrs. Alves, ML King Elementary School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: June 15, 2015
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Building Tomorrow By Working Today
Teacher/School: Mrs. Castillo-Simon, Urbana High School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: June 24, 2015
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Who Is That?
Teacher/School: Lisa Ferguson, ML King Elementary School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: June 20, 2015
Status: FUNDED!

Title: School Supplies
Teacher/School: Ms. Durst, Urbana Middle School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: Nov. 12, 2015
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Cheer Team Goal - Get Competitive
Teacher/School:  Mrs. Thomas, Urbana High School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: Nov. 19, 2015
Status: Ended

Title:  English is Not A Game (But Learning It Can Be!)
Teacher/School:  Mrs. Hutchinson, Urbana High School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: Nov. 28, 2015
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Education Through Music
Teacher/School: Ms. Helm, Leal Elementary
Platform: GoFundMe.org
Note: project created by Leal PTA for Ms. Helm
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Graphic Novels Motivate Readers!
Teacher/School: Ms. Snyder, Wiley Elementary
Platform: DonorsChoose.org
Deadline: February 11, 2016
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Drawing with Precision
Teacher/School: Ms. Gleason, Urbana High School
Platform: DonorsChoose.org
Deadline: February 18, 2016
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Off To Work We Go!
Teacher/School: Mary Beth Hanson, Urbana High School
Platform: DonorsChoose.org
Deadline: February 21, 2016
*Note: For the next week (through November 4), all donations are doubled with the promo code SPARK.
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Recess Dance-a-Thon
Teacher/School: Jill Quisenberry, Wiley Elementary
Platform: DonorsChoose.org
Deadline: February 22, 2016
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Making Math Visual: From Data to Pictures
Teacher/School: Mr. Dutton, Urbana High School
Platform: DonorsChoose.org
Deadline: February 25, 2016
Status: FUNDED!

Title: The Projector Project
Teacher/School: Kathleen Carter, Dr. Williams Elementary
Platform: DonorsChoose.org
Deadline: February 26, 2016
*Note: For the next week, all donations are doubled with the promo code SPARK.
Status: FUNDED!

Title: iLearn with iPads
Teacher/School: Mrs. Beck, Leal Elementary
Platform: DonorsChoose.org
Deadline: April 29, 2016
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Document That!
Teacher/School: Mrs. Case, Urbana High School
Platform: DonorsChoose.org
Deadline: April 29, 2016
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Garden Beds for STEM and Health
Teacher/School: Mrs. Miller, Leal Elementary
Platform: DonorsChoose.org
Deadline: May 16, 2016
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Mindfulness and Yoga: The Still and Quiet Place Within
Teacher/School: Ms. Snyder, Wiley Elementary
Platform: DonorsChoose.org
Deadline: May 24, 2016
Status: FUNDED!

Title: First Grade Writers
Teacher/School: Ms. Ferguson, King Elementary
Platform: DonorsChoose.org
Deadline: May 25, 2016
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Space Center
Teacher/School: Mrs. Tanner, Urbana Early Childhood School
Platform: DonorsChoose.org
Deadline: June 11, 2016
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Mindfulness, Yoga, and Literacy in First Grade
Teacher/School: Ms. Ferguson, King Elementary
Platform: DonorsChoose.org
Deadline: July 16, 2016
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Quiet, Calm, Reading Corner for First Graders
Teacher/School: Ms. Ferguson, King Elementary
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: Nov. 6, 2016
Status: FUNDED!

Title: First Graders and Families
Teacher/School: Ms. Ferguson, King Elementary
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: Nov. 4, 2016
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Books for Increased Biliteracy
Teacher/School: Ms. Holbert, Dr. Williams Elementary
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2016
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Document Cameras for Dual Language
Teacher/School: Mrs. Carter, Dr. Williams Elementary
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: Dec. 2, 2016
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Reading and Writing Creatively: Sharing Our Voices
Teacher/School: Mrs. T, Urbana High School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: Dec. 3, 2016
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Essential Text for Junior English
Teacher/School: Ms. Koritz, Urbana High School
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2016
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Ideal Seating for Happy Learning
Teacher/School: Mrs. Sacco, Leal Elementary
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: Nov. 27, 2016
Status: FUNDED!

Title: Sitting Option: Students Choosing Tools to Help Them Learn Better
Teacher/School: Mrs. Osorio / Leal Elementary
Platform: Donorschoose.org
Deadline: Jan. 20, 2017
Status: FUNDED!

Special projects (ended)

Special Olympics Polar Plunge:

Below is a list of groups participating in the Special Olympics 2015 Polar Plunge.  These groups are made up of USD #116 employees and/or students.

Title: Fundraisers for UHS A Cappella groups' NY trip
Teacher/School: Ms. Park, UHS
Platform: in person, silent auction and fundraiser
Date of event: Saturday, April 9, 2016, 6:00pm

Collaborative Garden -  Seeds of Change Grant
Teacher/School: Ms. Miller, Leal Elementary
Platform: Generosity.com
Deadline: Voting closes April 18, 2016

Fundraiser for school supplies for every King Elementary Student
When: Thursday, August 11, 2016
Where: Piato Café, Lincoln Square Mall
Time: 11am to 2pm

Every year, the wonderful supporters at Piato Café hold a $5 per person, all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for the students of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary school.  All the proceeds from the event purchase schools supplies for the students.  EACH and EVERY student at King Elementary receives a backpack with all the requested school supplies.