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    Kewanee Schools

          Foundation

For over twenty years, the mission of the Foundation has been to strengthen the education and extra-curricular opportunities of district students by generating financial support and leadership through our alumni and community.

Since 1990, the Foundation has supported its mission by providing financial resources for:

  • new facilities,
  • educational materials,
  •   teacher training,
  • college scholarships,
  • community cultural events,
  •  landscaping and other projects that enhance the beauty and learning atmosphere of the district’s schools.

Please click HERE to access the "How You Can Help" section to find out the wide variety of ways in which you can be part of this very important mission!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bradley Hall of Famers Sommerville, Stalzer are examples of what’s possible

Courtesy of GateHouse Media Illinois

PEORIA — Induction to the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame shocked Marcellus Sommerville and Lindsay Stalzer.

Shocked them, both said Thursday night, before formal ceremonies during halftime of Bradley's 60-51 men's basketball victory over Southern Illinois. But their shock wasn't born of false humility. When your college career includes stats and accomplishments rarely achieved in school history and are followed by a solid professional career, you know the Hall will call someday.

Someday, when you're old.

'Wow,' Stalzer said. 'I'm that old.'

Eleven years after setting school and Missouri Valley Conference records for kills in a volleyball career — records that still stand — Stalzer has made a nice living playing overseas. Eleven teams in nine countries, and her pro days aren't over yet. She'll be heading to play in Indonesia soon.

Hard to believe the Kewanee native has been gone from Bradley so long. Harder to believe that the Braves haven't posted a winning record since she played for them.

'But the new coach (Carol Price-Torok) has a good competitive edge,' Stalzer said. 'She's building from the ground up. It's gonna take some time.'

Bradley basketball fans have grown too familiar with that concept of time. The Braves have had one winning season in the past six. They've seen their win totals drop six of the past seven seasons. They haven't been to the NCAA tournament since 2006, when Sommerville was a senior and made the cover of Sports Illustrated by leading BU to the Sweet 16.

'By my way of thinking, I'd have to be 50 to be in the Hall of Fame,' Sommerville said. 'I feel old. I am old. But I'm not Hall of Fame old.'

He and Stalzer sure are Hall of Fame good, though.

Kewanee High School graduate Lindsay Stalzer was inducted into the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame Thursday night.

Photo courtesy of Bob Hunt

State Bank of Toulon supports school foundation

 

Mark Rewerts, right, senior vice president of the State Bank of Toulon, presents the bank's annual donation of $1,000 to the Kewanee Schools Foundation to Tom Ratliff, center, foundation president.  Kewanee school superintendent Dr. Chris Sullens is pictured at left.

Dr. Bockewitz named ‘leader under 40’ in Peoria

Editor’s note: This article is from the November issue of IBI Magazine in Peoria. Dr. Bockewitz is the son of Stan and Susan Bockewitz, and a 1998 graduate of Kewanee High School.

PEORIA — Dr. Brandon M. Bockewitz, is a family medicine physician with a specialty in sports medicine at UnityPoint Health – Peoria.

In addition to traditional family medicine care, he provides musculoskeletal and nonsurgical orthopedic care for a wide range of conditions.

For the past three years, Dr. Bock-ewitz has served as the site lead physician for his medical office, working directly with office administration to maintain effective staffing, improve patient satisfaction, develop protocols and processes to maintain high-quality metrics, and support the staff and providers.

In 2013, Dr. Bockewitz was elected to a three-year term on the Regional Provider Counsel (RPC), which serves as the governing oversight committee for the medical group. Two years later, he was elected by RPC membership to a twoyear term as secretary on the executive RPC.

Through this involvement, Dr. Bockewitz has helped guide and develop the governing policies, principles and future direction of the medical group.

Last year, Dr. Bockewitz was asked to fill a role as Medical Director for Ambulatory Informatics, working with the analytics and informatics teams to oversee the development and integration of new healthcare technologies and maintenance/optimization of electronic health records. In this role, he has improved workflow for providers and team members, increasing work efficiency as well as provider and team satisfaction.

For five years, Dr. Bockewitz has volunteered as a team physician for Stark County High School, providing on-site medical coverage at football games and helping to develop a concussion oversight program.

When asked to help provide medical coverage for football games at Robert Morris University, he and the athletic trainer saw an opportunity to do even more by developing a weekly athletic training room. In addition to on-site coverage at games, they now treat sports-related issues through this training room.

Over the past six years, Dr. Bockewitz has worked with a range of medical students and residents, using his expertise in sports medicine to help develop the next generation of healthcare providers.

Whether at work or in the community, he isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and dedicate himself to whatever task is at hand.

Bockewitz

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Project time!!!!! KEWANEE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES....Missy Vail-Frakes, KHS Counselor, is looking for pictures of former Kewanee High School graduates....it doesn't matter what year! Once a Boilermaker, always a Boilermaker! She would like pictures of the following: you on your college campus OR you working in your career. You can send the pictures to Kewanee High School, attn: Missy Vail-Frakes or email them to her at mvail@kcud229.org. If you send your picture and would like it returned, please make note of that when sent. By emailing or sending her your post-secondary pictures, you are giving her permission to post them in our school to showcase our alumni! Thank you!

KHS GARDENS HELP PROVIDE FOOD FOR OTHERS

     Kewanee High School agriculture classes spent the final days of the school year helping the Kewanee Schools Foundation by planting 80 perennials in the Marjabelle Stewart Butterfly Garden east of the high school (top photo). The flowers will help feed and rejuvenate the Monarch butterfly and bee populations for pollination of agricultural crops. Plants included Salvia, Bee Balm, Cone Flowers, Daylily, Sedum and 14 other perennial plants. Shown planting the garden are Bryce Nolan and Jordan Hunt. Agriculture classes at KHS also planted the Farm-to-School Garden (above), part of the FFA chapter’s school farm. The members will work throughout the summer months to maintaining the garden, then pick and distribute the food to the Kewanee Food Pantry and, in the fall, to the school cafeteria. Shown planting are, from the left, Jessica German, Joe Westgerdes and Cristian Langlois.

 

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