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Spectrum School being presented with $12,000 giant check from Napleton Subaru!

Rockford, IL May 6, 2020 – Spectrum School announced that it will be presented with a giant “event” check for $12,681.49 at Napleton Subaru on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 10:00am. Napleton selected Spectrum as THE local non-profit for Subaru’s annual Share the Love event. Last November, the Spectrum and Subaru communities overflowed an actual Subaru vehicle with new toy donations, benefiting Children’s Home and Aid.

Spectrum Board Member Mary Baldauf, who fostered the connection with Subaru, stated, “We were honored to be chosen as the local charity. The funds we receive will be used towards tuition support to make a Spectrum education more affordable to families in need.” For every new car purchased or leased from November 14 – January 2, Subaru donated $250 to the buyer’s charity of choice.

Spectrum provides a school environment with open-ended approaches to learning. It has been a student-centered, inquiry-based school serving Rockford and northern Illinois for over 50 years. Passion projects, Interest Groups, themed days, and Genius Hour are all structures that foster student ownership and deeper learning that have been part of the Spectrum experience for decades.

WIth the current challenges of Covid-19, Spectrum School transformed its child-centered, inquiry-based approaches to Spectrum at Home. Spectrum students have interacted with their teachers via a variety of video and virtual tools every school day since March 23. Not a day of school has been missed, as Spectrum teachers and staff worked tirelessly over their spring break to pivot to its new approach. See the story at Spectrum at Home. 

About Spectrum School

Spectrum students have the confidence to be deeply engaged in learning, work, and communication. They have the skills to think critically and creatively. They understand how to collaborate and know how to ask questions. They can solve problems in a variety of contexts, applying what they know to what they need to do. They care about their communities, humanity, and the natural environment. They work to make a positive difference in the world.

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