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Welcome to

Kewanee Schools Foundation


For over thirty years, the mission of the Foundation has been to strengthen the educational opportunities for students of the Kewanee School District and promote community engagement within the District.

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!




KHS Seniors were recognized with awards and scholarships at the graduation cermonies held on May 16, 2021.  Recipients included, seats from left to right:  T.J. Arzola, Chloe Shaw, Samantha Nunez, Henry Burkhart, Adriana Contreras, Chloe Gruszeczka, Hannah Pratt, Emma Blodgett, Josh Larabee and Ahtziri Castillo.  Standing left to right:  Ryan Welgat, Calvin DeSpliner, Kevin VanWassenhove, Carley Troxell, Lauren Sheets, Morgan Cummings, Adriana Hollis, Cody Fitzsimmons, Natalie Yepsen and Jacob DeMuynck.

Members of the KHS Class of 2021 pose for photos after awards were announced at the graduation ceremony.  Pictured seated left to right:  Bryce Webster, Jessica Martinez, Chloe Workheiser, Kole Stach, Ailynn Duarte, Delaney Reynolds, Gabe Johnson, Jasper Brokaw, Connor Bryan and Josie DeBord.  Standing left to right:  Nick Woods, Kira Bond, Isabella Tondreau, Keagan Anderson, Walkyr Peed, Layla Dev, Kaylin Scott, Neeva Baney, Bryanna Delgado, Tayvian  Taylor and Melcon DeJesus III.


At the Kewanee Schools Foundation Board of Directors meeting on Monday, May 10, 2021, Lori Christiansen, President presented long time board member David Kniker with a plaque of recognition for his years of service to the Kewanee Schools Foundation.

Dave served on the Board of Directors for 30 years as one of the original members of the Kewanee Schools Foundation.

We thank Dave for his Visionary Guidance, Exceptional Leadership and Unconditional Commitment to the students of the Kewanee School District.

                                               Pictured above is Lori Christiansen presenting Rev. Dave Kniker with a recognition plaque.

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Illinois Association of School Administrators

Dr. Christopher Sullens, superintendent of Kewanee Community Unit School District 229, has been named the 2021 Superintendent of Distinction by his colleagues in the Blackhawk Region of the Illinois Association of School Administrators.

Sullens was honored at an awards luncheon May 5 in Springfield. State Superintendent Dr. Carmen Ayala was the featured speaker, where 21 IASA regional Superintendents of Distinction were recognized.

“I have been fortunate to be able to work with board members who recognize the struggles that students in poverty incur, and they are willing to support students in all areas of academics, athletics and fine arts,” said Sullens, who has been an educator for 35 years and superintendent for 15 years.

Those nominating Sullens noted a number of successes during his tenure including:

• Utilized additional funds provided by Evidence Based Funding to decrease class size and increase the number of instructional coaches, nurses, resource officers and support staff.

• Expanded Title I services to students in grades K-8.

• Utilized both local and School Facilities Sales Tax monies to add over 42,000-square feet additions to buildings, including a competition gym/foyer, restrooms, student center, academic and vocational additions.

• Installed air conditioning and LED lighting throughout the District. Two energy efficient burners in two boilers were installed as well.

• Installed solar panels that supply 80 percent of the district’s needs and is on track to purchase another 15 percent of electrical supply that is generated by solar energy.

• In 1998, as Neponset High School principal, Sullens led the successful vote to deactivate the high school beginning with the 1999-2000 school year. From 2006-2011, Sullens was superintendent of both Neponset CCSD #307 and Kewanee CUSD #229. In 2011, the Neponset CCSD #307 became the first district in the state to go from deactivation to annexation.

• Provided 1:1 technology in K-12 classrooms and in student’s homes. Each Superintendent of Distinction was nominated by peers in their regions based on their commitment, dedication and leadership.

“These extraordinary individuals are exceptional leaders and difference makers in their communities,” said IASA Executive Director Dr. Brent Clark. “Throughout their careers, each honoree has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to elevating the success of students in their districts.” The seventh annual luncheon was again sponsored by Horace Mann, one of the nation’s largest insurers focusing on the needs of educators.

The Blackhawk Region comprises Rock Island, Mercer and Henry counties.

Senior Art Pictures
We are displaying  5 years {2010-2015} of the senior art pictures throughout the school district.  The owners/family members of pictures 2009 and earlier can pick up these pictures to take home, keep and display.
Click here to see the pictures, year it was presented to the graduating class,  as well as the artist.


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