<P>20northern now winter 2016 continued from page 19 supporting northern The academy has become a place where NIU students can complete internships, student teachers can teach, and faculty and students can conduct research to measure the impact of the schools unique practices. Altus is becoming a model school for teacher educators, says Marilyn Bellert, associate director of the Center for P-20 Engagement. It puts NIU students in touch with the realities of teaching students in a developing community. One last hurdle Academics are not the only obstacle on the path to college. Students become aware of the dif?culty of ?nancing a higher education at a very young age. When our second and third graders tell us they wont be able to afford college, I tell them thats the last thing we need to worry about, Heybach says. Lets get you prepared academically, physically, and emotionally. I believe the money will come. Hes right. Some of that money will come from NIU donors Thomas Dee, 85, and his wife, Mary Jane, 85, who have created a scholarship endowment through the NIU Foundation. We want to support bright, motivated students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to learning, they explain. Sending these young people to Northern will help them, the university, and the community. Heybachs eyes well up when he reports that ten eighth graders will graduate this year. Rodriguez and Andrew Sanchez are among them. We will be there every step of the way, says Heybach. His wife, Sue, 73, a placement counselor at Chicagos Sacred Heart Schools, meets with each of the graduating students families to create a plan. The goal is to get all Altus graduates into a college prep high school. Rodriguez has her sights set on Whitney Young, one of the top college prep high schools in the country. Her chances of acceptance are excellent. Andrew plans to go to boarding school. He says Lake Forest Academy is at the top of his list because of the approachable faculty, something treasured at Altus. When I visited Lake Forest, the teachers were always close by … having coffee and talking to students. I like that, he says. Both students plan to come back often as volunteers and mentors. Alumni like John and Sue Heybach and Thomas and Mary Jane Dee represent the backbone of leadership we have across the Chicago area in business, government, and education, says NIU President Doug Baker. We are inspired by their vision and leadership, as well as the opportunities for student career success they bring to NIU. Heybach says NIU is an integral part of the Altus family. He calls the partnership priceless. Even if I could afford it, I could never buy it, he says. Altus and NIU share a passion for creating a better future. Thats really what were after at Altus – helping kids become adults with the curiosity and the drive to change their local community and the world, Heybach says. Altus development director Vanessa Avalos, 06, agrees. We want people to know they can believe in education again, she says. I really want people to know all the wonderful things were doing to help kids succeed and become successful students and kind, caring, responsible citizens. As Rodriguez ?nishes up her robot programming for the day, she pauses and shares some advice for future students: Just walk into Altus and youll ?nd a friend. Rodriguez is hoping to help the Altubots repeat last years success at the FIRST LEGO League championship in Chicago. After competing against much larger, more prestigious college prep schools, they exceeded everyones expectations when they took fourth place. Fittingly, the robotics team also earned the Against All Odds Award, a distinction these kids will likely earn again and again as they overcome challenges in their lives, led by what theyve learned from John Heybach and his partners at NIU. Altus students at work in the schools robotics lab. 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