District 62 Foundation
Foundation Thanks Supporters
On February 22, the School District 62 Foundation Board hosted the Reach to Teach 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 more than 200 supporter who attended enjoyed a lovely dinner, a silent auction, and raffles.
Many thanks to all who attended and to our major donors--Café la Cave, Jeanine LaCerba of Gigi’s Blossoms and Baskets, R. C. Wahl Jewelers of Des Plaines, Franczek Radelet Attorneys, Susan and Steve Adams, Betty Murphy, Des Plaines Education Association, Dr. Jane Westerhold, Septran, Inc., Maxine and Doug Hubbard, Beryl Bills, IMAGETEC, and P.E.O. chapter HL.
Thanks to the generous support of many, the Foundation raised over $17,000 for mini-grants and other programs that benefit all of the children in grades PreK-8 in the District 62 schools. Anyone interested in more information about the Foundation can contact 847-824-9556 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School District 62 Foundation Board of Trustees
D62 Foundation Donations Boost Student Achievement
The District 62 Foundation is currently seeking silent auction and gift bag donation items for “Reach to Teach”, its annual dinner and entertainment benefit on Friday, February 22, at Café la Cave in Des Plaines. Money raised from the benefit will help support the Foundation's mini-grant program and the Young Entrepreneur Academy.
Example donations include gift cards, outings, sporting event tickets, vacation homes rentals, sports memorabilia, golf donations and more. Any donation, great or small, will be greatly appreciated and will benefit a worthy cause.
Headline Event - A Trivia Competition
Trivia buffs will want to participate in the evening’s headline event - a trivia competition. The Foundation’s mini-grant program provides grants of up to $1,000 to teachers that fund programs, field trips, and assemblies. During the 2012-2013 school, the District 62 Foundation funded 28 grants totaling $21,000. The Foundation also funded 14 student scholarships to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA), which is co-sponsored by the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce, Oakton Community College, Lewandowski Family Foundation, and District 62.
Please visit the Foundation's grants web page to learn more about this year's grants and the other great things that the D62 Foundation has accomplished.
"The Foundation is a wonderful resource for our schools," Dr. Jane Westerhold, Superintendent of Schools said. "Every penny the Foundation receives supports educational opportunities for our students. The District’s ability to reduce by half the achievement gap between low income and non-low income students from 28 percent to 14 percent, during an eight-year period despite the percentage of low-income students rising from 28 to 45 percent is as result of great teachers supported by the Foundation’s mini-grant program.”
Purchase Tickets Now!
This year tickets are only $50 each, a table of ten (10) for $450, please visit https://d62foundation.ticketbud.com/reach-to-teach-2013-a-benefit.
Donor Form – Yes! I want to create opportunities for our children
Seating is limited. Reservations are due by Thursday, February 14.
Trivia Competition Comes to District 62 Foundation Benefit
Trivia Competition fans should buy tickets NOW for the annual District 62 Foundation Dinner Benefit, which is scheduled from 6-10 PM, Friday, February 22, 2013. Teams of eight-ten people will compete in rounds of questions in a variety of categories for the trivia competition. Each team works together and submits their answers on their trivia question form. No one has to answer aloud! During each round the judges score the answer sheets and a leading team is proclaimed. This continues until the end of the final round when the Trivia Champs are proclaimed. Learn more...
Foundation Grants Fuel Student Growth
The District 62 Foundation President, Debbie Post, and Foundation board members, “surprised” D62 teachers across the district, when the annual Prize Patrol arrived in teachers’ classrooms armed with balloons, good cheer, and checks. This year, the foundation awarded almost $21,000 to 28 grants and several teachers. Endowments, an annual benefit, featuring entertainment, a banquet, silent auction, Cents for Kids, an employee payroll deduction program, and a new event, the Oktoberfest fund the mini-grant program.
Thank You! – On February 24, 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, state and local officials, teachers, and parents who supported this fundraising effort.
The nearly 200 individuals who attended enjoyed a lovely dinner, outstanding musical entertainment provided by the popular Bottle Band from St. Luke's Church in Park Ridge, a silent auction, and raffles. Many thanks to all who attended and to our major donors--Café la Cave, the Des Plaines Education Association, Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc, Jeanine LaCerba of Gigi's Blossoms and Baskets, Maxine and Doug Hubbard, Burke and Sue Oehrlein of Oehrlein & Oehrlein P.C., R. C. Wahl Jewelers of Des Plaines, and Wight and Company. Thanks to your generous support, the Foundation was able to raise over $14,000 for our mini-grants and other programs that benefit all of the children in grades K-8 in the District 62 schools. Anyone interested in more information about the Foundation can contact us at 847-824-9556 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Debbie Post, President
School District 62 Foundation
Popping into Learning
Terrace students now have the opportunity to watch short, curriculum-based videos in the classroom. This school year, Brain Pop Jr. was introduced in many classrooms at Ter>race Elementary with the help and support of the District 62 Foundation. Last spring, a few Terrace teachers wrote a grant to the District 62 Foundation to get web access to Brain Pop Jr. At the end of September, Terrace was granted access to this award winning website.
Brain Pop Jr. features two animated characters, Moby and Annie, who introduce new concepts to students in short five to ten minute videos. Terrace teachers may also use this site to reinforce skills that are taught in their classrooms.
This year, the foundation awarded 39 grants, including the Brain Pop Jr. access. The foundation is funded by endowments, an annual benefit, and Cents for Kids.
You can check out a free Brain Pop Jr. movie each week at brainpopjr.com.
Foundation Continues Commitment to D62 Students
During the July 18th Board of Education, Debbie Post, District 62 Foundation President, reviewed the annual activities and achievements of the Foundation.
During the 2010-2011 school year, 29 mini-grants totaling $23, 000 were awarded to District 62 teachers in ten schools. Individual grant amounts ranged from $250 to $1,000. Proceeds from the annual benefit and Cents for Kids funded the grants.
Benefit, Fundraising, and Membership Committees will convene to discuss potential benefit themes, fundraising projects, and procedures and processes for recruiting and seating new Board members, plus an additional classification of membership will be researched for possible inclusion this year.
An online program/donation service, "Donors Choose," will be promoted by the Foundation to assist teachers with funding classroom needs that do not fit the mini-grant criteria or deadlines. A letter will be drafted to explain this service.
Board meetings will take place the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:00 PM in the Leon Smaage Administration Center to make it easier for employed board members to attend. A light supper will be provided.
Post reiterated her commitment to the Foundation, its members, projects, and purpose. She would like the Foundation to extend its outreach to the community to build community involvement and support.
President Murphy thanked Post and the Foundation board for providing numerous opportunities for District students. Murphy also announced that Sharon Lynch will serve as the Board's liaison to the Foundation.
The Foundation is a 501©3 non-profit organization.
To donate to, or volunteer with the Foundation, contact Debbie Post at 847-894-7390.
Foundation Activities Shared with Board of Education – Monday, July 18, Foundation President Debbie Post presented highlights from the 2010-2011 school year and previewed Foundation activities for the new school year.
To read more in Board Briefs...
Foundation Officers Elected
The District 62 Foundation, a non-profit organization organized to create additional opportunities for all District 62 students by funding programs and projects that promote student development through enrichment activities; encourage staff creativity and excellence; and develop connections between the schools and the community, is pleased to announce election of its 2011-2012 officers:
- Debra Post, President
- Susie Adams, Vice President
- Maxine Hubbard, Corresponding Secretary
- The following officers will continue serving:
- Sue Oehrlein, Treasurer
- Marcy Vedral, Recording Secretary
- Betty Murphy, Past President
Please contact Mindy Ward, director of community relations, for more information, to donate or volunteer at 847-824-8070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.