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December 27, 2012

Common Roots Initiative has awarded its second $1,000 teacher scholarship to Edward Beidas, an Aviation and AP Physics educator at Proviso East High School (Maywood, IL). He plans to use the scholarship to fund field trips for aviation students. CRI is proud to have awarded a total of $3,000 during its first year of giving, as it aims to support west suburban Chicago students and teachers in pursuing academic goals. In this case, it’s exciting to help fund a unique learning opportunity that could be a life-changing experience for students.

    Beidas has helped foster a cooperative aviation program between Lewis University and PEHS. Recently, he assisted in the procurement of 20 aviation lab-training stations at PEHS that match the ones available at Lewis University.
    “I'm excited about the PEHS aviation program because there are five main majors (or jobs) that it feeds into -- piloting, electrical engineering, airport management, airport security, and airport controllers,” he said. “The job market is huge for those sectors.”
    Beidas strives to enhance his aviation classes with supplemental practice for his students. The monies will be used to fund a workshop at Lewis University School of Aviation, where students will practice on flight simulators and practice building wings for aircrafts. They plan to visit the Museum of Science and Industry to have a hands-on experience with space flight.  Lastly, students will travel to Great America to conduct labs on the science of rides at the park.
    “This scholarship will help further enhance our relationship with Lewis University and our aviation program. The monies can be used for transportation and laboratory materials for 20 aviation students.” he added.
    Common Roots Initiative (CRI) was founded in 2010 through the combined efforts of four alumni from Proviso East High School (PEHS). Its board is primarily comprised of high school friends and family who decided that giving back to their community meant helping to make an impact on both sides of the school desk. In coming years, CRI will expand its financial assistance to other schools in west suburban Chicago.
    Visit our donation page  if you would like to make a monetary contribution toward our scholarships. If you prefer to use an employer-matching program or want to become a volunteer for CRI, please contact us .
    Thanks to the overwhelming support of our mission, we were able to exceed our donation goals for 2012! We appreciate your help and happy holidays!