SOMONAUK – With school districts struggling with budgets, Somonauk School District 432 continues to get a boost from Somonauk Summer Recreation and the grants pursued by rec board member Mike Jump.
Somonauk athletic director Elizabeth Ness said the organization has done a lot for the school’s athletic facilities.
“Many things wouldn’t happen without Summer Rec’s help,” Ness said. “They’ve done a lot of great things for us.”
Baseball and softball fields have been improved, dugouts were built with the help of an Eagle Scout project and work has been done inside the high school gym.
“They have an ambitious list of priorities, but Mike tells me the sky’s the limit,” Ness said.
Jump said because Somonauk Summer Recreation is a nonprofit organization, he’s able to seek grants from the DeKalb County Community Foundation, ComEd and Walmart.
“I do this in my free time, so I haven’t really researched other avenues,” Jump said. “DCCF is so generous and gives so much to help the community.”
The organization’s largest fundraiser is the Wheel-O-Meat. Last year, Jump said it raised about $3,000 in its first year; he expects to at least double that amount this year.
The event is scheduled from 2 to 7 p.m. April 5 at Rambo’s, 140 W. Market St., Somonauk.
Tickets are $5 a round and Jump said players can win multiple times with one ticket.
“Everything I do is preapproved by Somonauk Summer Rec,” Jump said. “I ask them to give me an opportunity to fail.”