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The Hanover Schools Education Foundation held its second annual Bingo at the Fraternal Order of Eagles. This is one of two fundraisers the group does each year to help support student scholarships and teacher grants. Members of the community attended the event and enjoyed some bingo games and raffles. 

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Pictured, from left, Bill Hillegonds, Superintendent Mary Tracy-MacAulay and Gretchen Burdan, help out at the bingo.


The Hanover Schools Education Foundation is a collaborative effort between Hanover Schools, Hanover staff, parents, businesses, civic groups and the entire Hanover community to provide opportunities for our students.  The Foundation is a 501(c)3.  The group’s objective is to fund teacher grants to be used in the classrooms and to create scholarship funds for Hanover students who are pursuing college or career opportunities.

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Guests play bingo at the Fraternal Order of Eagles to help raise money for the Hanover Schools Education Fund.


“This is the first year we are doing this with the scholarships and we hope to do this every fall,” said Ryan Eckart.

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Pictured from left, with Bill Hillegonds and Ryan Eckart, are Jane Ball first grade teachers Julie Caffarini, Dawn Kepshire, Janise Weiner and Nancy O’Malley.


The grant recipients this year who were commended at the school board meeting are: Gretchen Burdan, $182, Science Lab Materials for Everyone; Julie Caffarini and Cindy Speichert, $250, Polar, Penguins and Plunge into a book; Suzanne Demmond, $500, Coding for Tomorrow; Steve Gustas, $479, Experiencing the Works of A Famous Artist; Tracy Sheehy, $495, Farm to Table lab.

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Pictured, from left, with Bill Hillegonds and Ryan Eckart is Tracy Sheehy.

The current Advisory Committee members are: Mary Tracy-Macaulay, Superintendent; Mary Joan Dickson, community member; Ryan  Eckart, Principal Jane Ball Elementary; Shelly Farber, business member; Diane Jostes, Executive Director Cedar Lake Chamber of Commerce;  Steve Gustas, teacher Hanover Central High  School; Shannon Remaly, Business/parent member; Brian Gill, business member; Kim Splant, parent member; Bill Hillegonds, Director of Student Ministries, Bethel Church and Gretchen Burdan, Teacher at Hanover Central Middle School.

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Pictured, from left, with Bill Hillegonds and Ryan Eckart is Steve Gustas.



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Pictured, from left, with Bill Hillegonds and Ryan Eckart is Gretchen Burdan.