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May 07, 2012

Common Roots Initiative has awarded its first set of $1,000 scholarships to a teacher and student from Proviso East High School. The recipient of the CRI 2012 Teacher Scholarship is Glenn Lid, a conceptual, honors, and AP chemistry teacher who will use the monies toward technological improvements for his classes. The recipient of the CRI 2012 Student Scholarship is Konstantin Kuksenko, a graduating senior who plans to earn a biblical theology degree from Wheaton College.

     “The CRI scholarship is an example of a chain reaction,” he said. “The teachers of Proviso East participated in the educational development of some extraordinary students who are now giving back to their alma mater to assist both students and instructors in creating even more extraordinary graduates who will give back as well. I take great pride in knowing that I played a small role in this group of students’ academic life.”

     Lid’s teaching career at Proviso Township high schools spans 33 years. His classroom curriculum includes innovative and hands-on techniques, which help keep students engaged. “It is my hope to incorporate the use of iPad technology with the district's newly acquired Promethean Board. This should make chemistry become more interactive and visual,” he added.

     Proviso East High School’s Class of 1996 has sponsored most of this year’s student scholarship. Kuksenko anticipates that his pursuit of a degree from a four-year college will impose a hefty financial burden. “Wheaton College is expensive and our family is not able to support four college students at once,” he said. “I would like to express my gratitude to all the staff and donors, especially to Proviso East High School’s Class of 1996 for giving me a scholarship of $1,000.”

     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 to make a monetary contribution toward our scholarships. If you would like to use an employer-matching program or want volunteer to help CRI, please contact us.

    We want to extend a big THANK YOU to all the CRI supporters who provided the means and the inspiration for us to succeed in our mission this year!