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Local businesses give back

A dozen donate $19,300 for extracurricular activities

DIXON – Businesses were extra generous to a group that funds extracurricular activities at Dixon schools this past year.

The Partnership Development Committee announced local businesses donated $19,300 for 2012-2013, almost $2,000 more than the previous year.

The Dixon School Board subcommittee raises money for projects and activities that involve extracurricular and co-curricular groups, and for items the district and other resources do not pay for.

For example, the subcommittee paid for Dr. Seuss Reading Night, Theatre Works plays, Madcapp Puppet Theatre and author visits last year, and bought wrestling mats, weight room and football equipment.

The Dixon Schools Foundation also raises funds, but focuses its efforts primarily on educational items.

Donations to the committee ranged from $10,000 to $250 with contributions from 12 local businesses.

Committee members said Monday that they will pursue a $10,000 or $25,000 grant from Monsanto, money that must be used in math or science classrooms.

Last year, Monsanto gave 176 grants in 39 states. Dixon, which expects to be competing with thousands of other schools, has not received this grant in the last 2 years.

For more information

For more information on how to donate, contact the Dixon schools central office at 815-284-7722 and ask for a Partnership Committee funding application.

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