Barrington 220 Educational Foundation

Helping Hand Grants


The purpose of the Helping Hand Grant is simply to lend a “helping hand” to teachers and staff to implement a project in their classrooms and/or school that can not be funded through the district, school or PTO. The grants will be awarded once each school year, with a maximum grant amount of $500.


All educators employed by Barrington 220 who are involved in the instruction of students or any related support services benefiting students are eligible to apply. If you are interested in applying, please click here for an application. The submission directions are on the application. Please review the Helping Hand Grant Application selection criteria, restrictions/requirements, and FAQs before filling out an application. The Helping Hand Grant Review Committee, under the guidance of the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation, will review the applications on a competitive basis and recommend a limited number of grants to the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation Trustees for approval.

Helping Hand Grant applications are due in October and grant funds are made available after November 15 and must be expended within the awarded school year. If you have any questions regarding the process or whether or not your project is acceptable, please contact Lori Madison at 847-710-5676 or

AP Biology Cardiac Unit Models

Laura Turngren
BHS, AP Biology

Getting Charged Up

Kelley Rice
BHS, Social Emotional Academic Support

DJI Ronin-S

Jeff Doles
BHS, Barrington 220 Learning Community

Guitar Club

Michael Duggan
BMS-Station, Guitar Club

Mirrors, Window and Sliding Glass Doors: Books that Break the Barriers and Celebrate Diversity

Paige Green and Michelle Miller
Countryside, K-5th Grade


Amy Pellettieri and Becky McDowell
ELC, Pre K and Kindergarten

Enhancing Imagination and Creativity through Dramatic Play

Katie Brannon
ELC, Extended Day Special Education Classroom

Enhancing Imagination and Creativity through Dramatic Play

Amy Pellettieri
ELC, Extended Day Special Education Classroom

Around the World in Stories: A Storyteller to Improve Literacy Learning

Rebecca Banach
Grove, K-5th Grade

Heart Zones

Brittany Rife and Jay Rosenberg
3rd-5th Grade

Wireless Listening Center

Jill Billingsley
North Barrington, Kindergarten

Roslyn Road Smart Cyclers

Andrew Nettis
Roslyn, 3rd-5th Grade

Alphabet Fun

Denise Scafidi
Sunny Hill, Kindergarten

Cricut Maker (Electronic Die Cutting Machine)

Patti Hecker
Sunny Hill, K-5th Grade

Sketch Kit for Dash Robots

Nancy Wadin
Sunny Hill, K-5th Grade

Hand to Mind Math Experiences

Kara Wenkel
Sunny Hill, 3rd-5th Grade

Physical Education Through Engagement

Tyler Cortez
Sunny Hill, K-5th Grade

5th Grade Math Attack

Julie Stott and Sean McGann
Sunny Hill, 5th Grade

High Interest Books for Reading Levels E-K

LaDonna Bosch, Laurie Breckan and Cathy Parker
Grove, 1st Grade


Autism Program Picture Book Library Collection

Laura Winter
BMS - Prairie

Buidling the Classroom Library

David Udchik
Barrington High School

Breaking Down Barriers to Math

Kelley Rice
Barrington High School

STEM in Early Childhood Classrooms

Amy Pellettieri
Early Learning Center

Connecting Families and Building Language through Play

Christine Pfaff
Early Learning Center

Growth Mindset Books

LaDonna Bosch, Laurie Breckan & Cathy Parker
Grove Avenue Elementary School

Growing Readers Through Engaging Nonfiction Texts

Jill Schweiger
Hough Street School

Sqairs for Grove Physical Education

Jay Rosenberg
Grove Avenue Elementary School

Generating Excitement: Fiction/Nonfiction Text Sets in the Classroom Library

Jennifer Conant
Hough Street Elementary School

Growing Readers Through Engaging Nonfiction Texts

Sarah Goitein
Hough Street School

Travel Equipment

Andrew Bush
North Barrington & Hough Street

Osmo Interactive Technology for Small Group Math and Word Study

Jessica McCarthy
North Barrington Elementary School

Build the Future

Julie Stott & Angie Kapotas
Sunny Hill Elementary School

Build the Future

Lisa Pride, Ofelia Kooyenga & Julie Stott
Sunny Hill Elementary School

The Barrington 220 Educational Foundation received 36 Helping Hand Grant applications for the 2017-2018 school year. The decision-making process was a difficult one, with many worthwhile applicants vying for a limited amount of grant funds. The B220 Educational Foundation was able to fully fund 15 of the Helping Hand Grant applications. We would like to thank all of the applicants for taking the time to submit an application and their dedication to the Barrington 220 Learning Community.

Ozobots for Library and Art

Nancy Wadin
Sunny Hill Elementart School