Indian Prairie Presents Inspire Awards
The mission of Indian Prairie School District is to inspire all students to achieve their greatest potential. With that in mind, District 204 created a set of awards to recognize individuals and organizations who make a meaningful and lasting impact on the students of Indian Prairie School District. Dr Talley presented the awards at the June 6, 2022 board of education meeting.
The Illuminate Award is given to a community member who is dedicated to supporting the students of District 204. The Illuminate Award was presented to Bob and Sonya Evanosky of Aspen Lane Wine Company. Mr. and Mrs. Evanosky, as a way to combine their love of making wine with a business that would provide income to a select group of nonprofit organizations, founded Aspen Lane Wine Company. Through the Evanosky’s generosity, their company provides funding to the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation, DuPage Pads and other organizations that support those in need. Aspen Lane Wine Company selects its partner charities based on their service to the community and is focused on those groups whose mission is to serve and support children and adults with a variety of disabilities. The Evanoskys are Indian Prairie School District parents and have a genuine desire to enhance, support and illuminate our community.
The Impact Award is given to a staff member who has made a significant difference in the lives of our students. The Impact award was presented to Linda Herwaldt, District 204’s Health Services Coordinator, who has shown an unwavering commitment to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Herwaldt has worked tirelessly to provide meaningful support and guidance to students and families throughout the district.
The Ignite Award is given to students who are emerging leaders and demonstrate exemplary qualities within a District 204 student organization. The Ignite Award was presented to recent graduates Neha Tokala from Metea Valley and Aayush Gupta from Waubonsie Valley for their advocacy to insure student voice with the Board of Education.
The Inspire Award is given to an individual or entity who has demonstrated exemplary service to District 204 over a sustained period of time. The Inspire Award was presented to the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation for their continuous support of Indian Prairie School District over the past thirty years. Because of their generosity, more than a half million students have benefitted from programs funded by IPEF. These programs have included Robotics, Back on Track, Young Hearts for Life, Valley Runway, Fine Arts Festival, Coding Clubs, Virtual Enterprises International, STEM programs, Project Lead the Way, District science fairs and many more. Additionally, IPEF has compassionately provided much needed support to our families who qualify for McKinney-Vento services and who are enduring hardship. Through their efforts, the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation has truly inspired all students to achieve their greatest potential.
District 204 congratulates all of the award recipients!