The Deerfield High School Mock Trial Team is entering its second year after a highly successful first season. Because the Board of Education does not fund our team, generous contributions from individuals, law firms, and others within and beyond the Deerfield/Highland Park communities provided the necessary funding, which allowed our team to succeed. In order for our team to continue in the 2010-2011 school year and compete in the ISBAâ€™s state competition, as well as satisfy our school districtâ€™s requirement for self-funding, our team needs to raise $3,500 by the end of August.
The Mock Trial Team has provided an invaluable learning opportunity for Deerfield High School and is an asset to the District 113 community as a whole. Mock trial not only offers an outstanding opportunity for students to engage in substantive, vigorous debate within the context of the roles played by trial attorneys, but also provides a challenging and enriching vehicle for students to learn valuable life lessons, such as teamwork, leadership, problem solving, and critical thinking. This past season we participated in the DuPage Regional Tournament, which is regarded as perhaps the most competitive tournament in the state. We finished 7th, in front of many teams that have been competing for decadesâ€”and this was only our very first year!
We are led by our two faculty sponsors, Jerry Lavin (an attorney and adjunct law professor) and John McDonald, and two coaches, Chuck Ex (an assistant U.S. attorney) and Dave Rosenbloom (a private defense attorney). They have devoted countless hours to our mock trial team, shepherded our growth over the past year, and have all committed to this upcoming season.
By district policy, funds we collect are sent to and held by the District 113 Foundation, and those funds are earmarked for the exclusive use of the DHS Mock Trial Team (as long as the donation says â€œFor DHS Mock Trialâ€). All donations must be sent to the following address:
Deerfield High School
attn: Principal Audris Griffith
1959 N. Waukegan Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
If you have any questions, please call or e-mail Mr. Lavin at 847-544-1733 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or e-mail us at email@example.com . We truly appreciate any contribution you can make, which will be gratefully acknowledged.
Thank you for your consideration.
Very Truly Yours,
Sam Mendelson, Class of 2011 and Mock Trial President
posted August 2nd, 2010
District 113 Foundation
Township High School District 113 students and teachers have been given a gift from the community, a District 113 Foundation. A group of community members recently created the 501 c (3) organization, and began soliciting funds to enhance the educational experiences of students in District 113.
The mission of the Foundation is, To support, enhance and enrich the education programs at Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools by promoting innovative educational opportunities and increasing community involvement in order to foster pride and ownership.
Applications are available for teachers and students to request funding for second semester and summer projects, and may be accessed on the district web site at dist113.org. Areas which the Foundation will fund include instructional programs in the arts, sciences and environment; faculty sponsored innovative educational and cultural programs, and other projects that meet Foundation guidelines.
Donations are currently being accepted at the District 113 Administrative Center, 1040 Park Ave. W. Highland Park, IL 60035.
For more information about how to become involved, call 224 765-1000.