GECRC Expansion to Glen Crest Middle School, CCSD89 – UPDATE

Leah Harding
Leah Harding, MSW, LCSW, Executive Director
July 8, 2020
Karla Kampen
Karla Kampen, Churchill Program Coordinator
October 1, 2020


Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center (GECRC) and CCSD89 (D89) have partnered to open a new GECRC site in D89. Objectives are to enroll 40 low-income ELL (English Language Learner) middle school students, who are currently deemed at academic risk. Through participation in the GECRC after school tutoring and mentorship program, students will improve their academic skills, while finding the social and emotional support needed for academic readiness and success.


Data from the Illinois Report Card showed:

  • At Glen Crest Middle School, 18% of students are identified as low-income and 3% as English Language Learners (ELL).
  • Illinois Assessment of Readiness English Language Arts & Math performance levels for the low-income student group show 56% of students have not met suggested performance levels, as compared to 33% of their non-low-income peers.
With an emphasis on literacy and community involvement, GECRC’s programs help narrow the achievement gap between low-income students and their non-low-income peers.

Program Description

The Glen Crest program will meet from 3:30 to 4:40 pm (4 days/week) during the school year and is designed to address the unique needs of 6th-8th grade students, provide homework assistance, and prepare students for social and academic success in high school. GECRC volunteer tutors come from all walks of life; retired teachers, former and current parents in the district, local college students, as well as local high school students. Throughout the year, enrichment activities such as art, science, technology, chess, and book clubs will be available to students.

D89 is providing GECRC in-kind donations of space at Glen Crest Middle School, bus transportation, student assessment data, and one Classroom Coordinator. GECRC will oversee the program by providing two additional staff and the recruitment and coordination of community volunteers.


  • Summer 2019

    42 students from D89 participate in the GECRC Summer Program.
  • Fall 2019

    GECRC and D89 administration work to develop a plan to open a new GECRC site at Glen Crest Middle School in Fall 2020. Rebecca Deporter, D89 parent, joins the GECRC board. GECRC D89 Expansion Committee is formed (comprised of key CCSD89 stakeholders, community members, and GECRC board members). Fundraising begins.
  • Winter 2020

    All D89 PTCs support the expansion and collectively donate $11,500 to support the opening of the Glen Crest program.
  • Summer 2020

    Students from all five D89 schools are invited to participate in GECRC’s virtual Summer Program.

Fundraising Goals

Donations to support expansion into CCSD89 can be made here. Choose D89 Expansion from the drop-down menu.

We did it thanks to our generous GECRC community!


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