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West Aurora Art Heritage & Education Fund

Established 2015







The dazzling mural entitled “The History of Writing and the Alphabet” is a significant American art work given as the class gift by the West Aurora High School Class of 1933. Created by muralist Paul Stoddard through the Depression-era Works Progress Administration program, it records the greatest intellectual achievement of humankind – written language.

Before the 1905 high school building was demolished in 2015, the mural was saved and is now the only significant artifact remaining from its 110 year history.

With the support of School District 129, a citizens committee led by Mary Clark Ormond and arts leaders Wendell Minor and Nancy Hopp has created a charitable fund to help defray the expense of restoring the mural so it can inspire and instruct new generations of Aurorans.

Donors may choose from a variety of support levels:

Stylus Society

  • $50 –  Bi-monthly newsletter

Scribe Society

  • $100 – Listing on mural plaque plus commemorative postcard

Printer Society

  • $250 – Invitation to dedications of mural and future projects

Linotype Society

  • $500 – Holiday Ornament

Beaconlight Society

  • $1,000 – Private meet-and-greets with art conservator Scott Sherwood

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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