Chicago, Oct. 29, 2016 -- Over 285 supporters attended the North Shore Board of the Northwestern Settlement's Camp Night charity auction at the Modern Wing- Art Institute of Chicago, raising more than $475,000 to benefit the Northwestern Settlement's award-winning House In The Wood camp, and Kathleen and Michael Elliott received the 2016 House In The Wood Hall of Fame Award recognizing their extraordinary impact within the organization.
"Our community has been working together for 80 years to support House in the Wood, and our efforts have an extraordinary impact on the lives of at-risk children," said North Shore Board of the Northwestern Settlement President, Kimberly Romic. "Thanks to our supporters, boys and girls from Chicago's harshest neighborhoods discover a safe, nurturing environment where they learn, grow and have a chance to simply enjoy being kids."
Nestled on the shores of Lake Delavan, Wis., House In The Wood camp has carried out Northwestern Settlement's mission to nurture, inspire and educate inner-city youth since 1910. In addition to traditional one-and two-week residential summer camp sessions, students at Northwestern Settlement's Rowe Elementary charter school, Chicago Public Schools and neighboring schools in Wisconsin experience outdoor education residencies at House In The Wood during the school year. Last year, campers represented 51 zip codes with 664 students attending outdoor education school residencies and 405 summer campers.
"Our ultimate goal is to break the cycle of generational poverty by giving children a foundation of support emphasizing learning, personal responsibility and good decision making skills," said Northwestern Settlement President Ron Manderschied. "The unwavering dedication of North Shore Board volunteers and supporters enables us to open a world of possibilities for at-risk children."
The House In The Wood program evolves continually to address the unique needs of inner-city children, and in 2015 the Valerie Hall Outdoor Education Center opened, introducing a STEAM curriculum to bolster campers' comprehension of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. The STEAM curriculum aligns with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), National Science Foundation (NSF) standards and research-based standards aligned with the Common Core Curriculum. In fact, the camp's inventive approach to social-emotional development and learning earned the American Camp Association's Eleanor P. Eells program excellence award in 2016.
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