HAMMOND | St. Casimir School was the lucky recipient of several grants from the Hammond Community Corporation (HCC) this spring. The HCC is a not for profit organization which gives grants toward the social, cultural and educational betterment of the City of Hammond. Teachers and staff were asked to submit grant applications in January and awards were finally announced in April. This grant process was very competitive and the maximum award was $1,000. The following St. Casimir teachers and programs were blessed with $2,100 in grant funds to further the school’s mission:
Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Simes was awarded $250 toward the purchase of Accelerated Reading books for her classroom.
1st Grade teacher Mr. Eckard was awarded $250 toward the purchase of Accelerated Reading books for his classroom.
7th Grade teacher Ms. Jaksa was awarded $650 toward the purchase of materials and science equipment to create a science lab on the second floor of the school.
Title I teacher Mrs. Anthony and assistant Mrs. Hensley were awarded $500 toward their program entitled “Help is on the Way” which provided tutoring materials for Title I students.
Athletic Director Ms. Trevino was awarded $450 toward the purchase of equipment to establish an inter-mural sports program for grades 1st through 4th.
During the 2012/13 school year St. Casimir School served 307 students from Pre-K through 8th grade. In 2008 it was designated the first school within the Diocese of Gary and first in Lake County to be presented with the Blue Ribbon Award of Academic Excellence from the United States Department of Education. St. Casimir is currently the only elementary/middle school in the City of Hammond to receive an all “A” report card from the State of Indiana.