Fall 2017

Dunham Fund Brings STEAM to Early Education in Aurora

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The Benavides STEAM Academy provides integrated educational learning opportunities so every student has exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS & Math. Students are honing the skills needed to be 21st Century learners by practicing critical thinking and hands-on learning. This innovative learning center will provide up to 500 kindergarten and 1st grade students 1:1 iPad program, state-of-the-art Dunham STEAM lab, robotics and coding programs in a fun and creative environment.

The Dunham Fund proudly supports East Aurora School District’s “Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow” initiative with a $550,000 grant.

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Support Your Local Nonprofit on November 28!

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday on Tuesday, November 28th is a day to support the service agencies that are making our community a better place to live. By supporting nonprofits in the Dunham Fund service area, you help them continue to provide vital services and hopefully win an incentive grant from us! Donate on Giving Tuesday to your favorite charity by visiting www.ilgive.com.

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Pets-a-Palooza Promotes Educational Programming

Over the past three years, Anderson Animal Shelter’s “Pets-a-Palooza” has grown into a widely popular and culturally important festival that celebrates the joy of companion animals. The festival offers a range of humane educational programming to educate youth on the importance of compassion toward animals in the belief that these children will grow into compassionate adults.

The Dunham Fund grant of $20,000 provides for an array of educational sessions and demonstrations that reinforce Anderson’s focus on humane education and community outreach programs. More than 3,000 people—and nearly as many furry friends—attend this event each year at Mooseheart Child City & School. Through training demonstrations, guest speakers and special presentations, attendees learn first-hand of the many benefits to having a pet in their lives—and how to enhance that relationship to the fullest for both.