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Elementary students enjoy adaptive seating made possible from the Weverka Learning Academy Endowment.

2023 Weverka Learning Academy Recipients Use Donor Legacy to Enhance Education at BPS

September 12, 2023


     In 2016, Burwell Public Schools received a planned gift in the form of an endowment from the Mary Lou Weverka estate.  Mary Lou Weverka was born June 22, 1926 to Carl and Rose (Quinn) Treptow 10 miles south of Burwell.  She was one of three children.  Mary Lou grew up and received her education at District #56 through the 8th grade.  Mary Lou moved to Burwell where she stayed with her grandmother and she attended Burwell High School graduating in 1944. While in Burwell she worked at McMullen Grocery and Clothing for two years.  She took summer school so she could obtain her teaching certificate.  Following graduation she moved home where she taught at a small country school three miles from home. Education was very important to Mary Lou and the education that she received in Burwell made a lasting impact on her. Her gift now impacts the education of thousands of students in her home community with Weverka Learning Academy grants that began in 2019. 

     For the 2023-24 school year, nine Weverka grants were awarded. Projects funded include a Science Fair, classroom upgrades for several teachers, risers for the elementary school music department, Ozbots programming equipment for the elementary school library and technology, golf equipment, a new ACT recognition board, Longhorn media backdrop and table area, technology equipment for a community engagement project, and a new phonics kit for lower elementary students. Through these projects, the Weverka grant continues to enhance the learning experience of students at Burwell Public Schools.

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