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The purpose of the Foundation's Grant Program is to create additional opportunities for all District 62 students by funding programs and projects that:

  1. promote student development through enrichment activities
  2. encourage staff creativity and excellence
  3. develop connections between our schools and our community

cents for kids

Jennifer Suarez Bautista South
Sophia Taft Forest
Michele Threlkeld South
Christine Trujillo Forest
Kathryn Waeker North
Jenny Walsh Cumberland
Erin Wengerhoff Algonquin
Jane Westerhold Administration
Colleen White Cumberland
Carrie Willman Algonquin
Stephanie Wubbena Plainfield
Dana Yala Orchard Place
Barbara Zachwieja Cumberland
Amanda Zenchelli Terrace
Joanne Zienty Forest, and
Chippewa Social Committee

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To pledge your support, contact Susie Adams (847) 635-1093 or Betty Murphy (847) 298-5186


District 62 Foundation

The D62 Foundation Website

Visit newly developed D62 Foundation website http://www.d62foundation.com/

On February 21, the School District 62 Foundation Board hosted a Benefit Dinner at Café la Cave in Des Plaines. On behalf of the children in the District 62 schools, the Foundation Board members would like to thank all of the community members, businesses, local officials, teachers, and parents who supported this fundraising effort. The 250 attendees enjoyed a lovely dinner, a silent auction, raffles, and outstanding entertainment by the D62s, a band of twelve District 62 employees who had the crowd on their feet clapping and singing along. Many thanks to all who attended, to our volunteers, and to our major sponsors and donors – Café la Cave, Jeanine LaCerba of Gigi’s Blossoms and Baskets, Nykiel Design, Presstech, Brad Stephens, Mayor of Rosemont, R. C. Wahl Jewelers of Des Plaines, the Des Plaines Community Foundation, Oehrlein & Oehrlein, CPAs, Drs. Jane Westerhold and Kenneth Cull, the Des Plaines Education Association, Anne Evans, Arbor Management, Franczek Radelet, Attorneys, Wight and Company, the VFW of Des Plaines, Wheels, Inc., Betty and Brian Murphy, Donna and Jim Grady, Susan and Steve Adams, Sharon Lynch, Beryl Bills, and Maxine and Doug Hubbard. Thanks to their generous support, the Foundation raised over $21,000 for our mini-grants and other programs that benefit children in grades PreK–8 in District 62 schools.

To learn more about the Foundation, please contact us at 847-824-9556 or via e-mail at d62foundation@gmail.com.
School District 62 Foundation Board of Trustees

D62s Rock the Foundation Benefit

The D62 Foundation has partnered with the District 62 "house" band, the D62s, to provide an evening that will have attendees dancing in their seats, toe-tapping, and remembering a time when they grooved to songs like, Love Shack, Sweet Home Chicago, and 25-6-4.

Anti-Bullying Expert to Return to D62

Three years ago, anti-bullying expert John Halligan shared Ryan’s Story, the tragic story of his 13-year old son Ryan’s struggle with cyber-bullying and suicide, with District 62 school middle school students. Friday, January 17, 2014, Halligan returns to talk to student about the effects of bullying on its victims and bystanders especially cyber bullying and what he has learned since his last visit. Learn more...

The assemblies, which are funded by the District 62 Foundation, will take place from 8:05 – 9:30 AM at Algonquin Middle School, 767 E. Algonquin Rd; 10 – 11:30 AM at Iroquois Community School, 1836 Touhy; and 1:15 – 2:45 PM at Chippewa Middle School, 123 N. Eighth Avenue.

D62 Foundation Awards GrantsTuesday, October 8 – 24 D62 teachers received the “good news” that their D62 Foundation grant requests were funded. Twenty-nine grants, totaling $19,069 were distributed. One grant was named in honor of Debbie Post, past president of the D62 Foundation, and two grants were named in honor of Dr. Jane L. Westerhold, Superintendent of Schools and the 2013 Illinois Superintendent of the Year. In addition to the mini-grants, D62 Foundation will fund the return of John Halligan in January 2014. Halligan will present Ryan’s Story assemblies to all middle school students. The majority of the Foundation ‘s funding comes from Cents for Kids, an employee contribution program, endowments, memorials, and the annual benefit banquet, which is scheduled for February 21, 2014, and will feature the D62s, a music group made up of D62 administrators, staff, and teachers.

The District 62 Education Foundation is a independent not-for-profit entity organized outside the public school system. The Board Trustees currently includes six community members, a Board of Education member, and the District Community Relations Director. The Trustees are volunteers and receive no compensation.

Please contact Mindy Ward, director of community relations, for more information, to donate or volunteer at 847-824-8070 or wardm@d62.org.

D62 Foundation Board

The District 62 Education Foundation is a independent not-for-profit entity organized outside the public school system. The Board Trustees currently includes 10 community members, a Board of Education member, and the District Community Relations Director. The Trustees are volunteers and receive no compensation.


Susie Adams, President
Julie Luck Jensen, Vice President/Co President
Mindy Ward, Secretary
Maxine Hubbard, Corresponding Secretary
Sue Oehrlein, Treasurer

Christine Halblander
Kalyn Jerome
Lynne Joyce
Sharon Lynch
Elizabeth Murphy
Colleen Tomenillie
Heather Wahl

Associate Members
Bonnie Andersen
Michelle Andersen
Donna Catlett
Patti Giambardo
Donna Grady
Yvonne Morrison
Deborah Post

Give a Wish a Home

District 62 Education Foundation provides funding for student projects and programs through its Mini-Grant and Gift Program. Two years ago, the foundation introduced Give a Wish a Home program.

Give a Wish A Home provides supplies, resources, and equipment to teachers and their classrooms that may not be covered by the school budget. 

If you would like to grant a wish, contact Betty Murphy, Foundation Board. Indicate the school, item(s), and the amount you would like to sponsor. Your gift can be made in the form of cash, check, or the requested equipment and supplies. All donations are tax deductible. Please help the District 62 Education Foundation offer opportunities for our children. Your support is vital.

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