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Dixon Public Schools Foundation receives $500,000 donation

Weavers were longtime supporters of local education

Madison School fourth grader Delaney Bock loads up her locker Monday, August 15, 2022 during a welcoming of students and parents to the Dixon school. First day of classes started earlier in the day for the Dixon district.

DIXON – The Dixon Public Schools Foundation will receive $500,000 thanks to a donation from longtime supporters of the district.

In August, the foundation was informed that it will receive about $500,000 from the Harold M. and Jane E. Weaver Joint Living Trust.

“Hal” and Jane Weaver, who died in 2021 and 2013, respectively, were longtime supporters of Dixon schools and both were involved in the creation of the foundation’s annual Stupor Bowl fundraiser.

“Hal and Jane were kind and dedicated souls who believed in the importance of educating our kids,” foundation Chairman Tom Wadsworth said. “We had no idea that they planned this generous donation years ago.”

Jane Weaver was a guidance counselor at Dixon High School for 39 years before retiring in 2001. For many years, she coached the DHS Scholastic Bowl team, which served as the model for the Dixon Stupor Bowl in 1996. She served on the bowl’s organizing committee for its first decade. She died in 2013 at age 75.

Hal Weaver’s career also was in education, serving as the choir director for Milledgeville schools. He was involved in the Dixon Kiwanis Club, the Dixon Public Library and in many Dixon community service projects. He died at age 94 on June 18, 2021.

Founded in 1993, the Dixon Public School District Foundation seeks donors who can help the foundation’s mission to purchase educational tools that the School District cannot afford.

The foundation’s endowment stands at $950,000; the Weaver donation will increase that amount to almost $1.5 million. Interest from the endowment is used annually for classroom grants throughout the Dixon School District.

The Weavers also gave a $585,000 donation for Sauk Valley Community College’s Impact Program to go toward Milledgeville students.

SVCC’s earned-tuition program provides eligible students, who graduate within the SVCC district, the opportunity to earn tuition and fees for up to three years at the college or until they earn their certificate or degree, whichever comes first.

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers joined Sauk Valley Media in 2016 covering local government in Dixon and Lee County.