In partnership with the West Aurora School District (WASD), Fox Valley Park District (FVPD) and the WAHS class of '68, the Dunham Fund provided a $3,250 grant and $25,000 of a $1 for $1 challenge grant. WASD and FVPD both also contributed $50,000 towards this project.
The grant will provide for the creation of the new Wally Smith Playground at Hill Elementary in the Illinois School District 129. Hill school currently has a playground for younger children. The new playground will be designed for 3-5th-grade children.
Wally Smith grew up across from and attended Hill Elementary. Upon graduating from Aurora University, he taught in the West Aurora School District for 30 years before his passing in 2015. This playground will honor his legacy and leave a lasting impact on West Aurora students at the school where Smith faithfully taught.