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Future Ready Learning

Watch this brief video that displays how the Foundation is supporting a future ready learning environment for our schools through actual funded enhancements.



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Interested in serving as a Foundation Director?

The District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence is looking for a few good men and women who would like to help make a difference for all students in District 205. What better way to give back to the community in which you are raising your children than to work with like-minded individuals to raise funds for innovative and supportive programs?

Board members serve a three-year term with renewal options and work with other dedicated volunteers in supporting educational programs, including the annual Thiems Grants and the Study Skills Program in place at all K-8 schools.

Consider joining the Foundation Board! Click here for an application or call 630-617-2328 for more information.



Foundation Gala

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Thanks to all the sponsors, donors, volunteers and guests that supported our 2017 Gala. The evening was a tremendous success, raising over $101,000 that will be used for Foundation Programs that enhance education for Elmhurst Public School students.


A Very Special Thank You To Our

 Valedictorian Sponsor

Jim & Jan Dondlinger


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      Click Here 2016 Newsletter

     click here for York High School partnership programs



Thiems Grants



York High School                 9 grants for $14,660

Middle Schools                    5 grants for  $11,032 
& REACH PTA          

Early Childhood                  11 grants for $28,135

& Elementary Schools

Twenty-five grants worth $53,827 awarded that impact all thirteen schools   

Thank you to all the applicants for going above and beyond to enhance the educational experience for our students!

Click here to learn more about this year's grants 


Top Pizza Night - You Decide


Thank you to our participating vendors

Roberto's   Mama Maria's   Fratello's   DiLeo's   Bacci   Armand's   Pazzi di Pizza  

Gullivers   Lou Malnati's

Click Here for 2017 Results 


2015-2016: over $108,000 in educational enhancements funded

 2016-2017: close to $128,000 committed in funding

All D205 K-12 Schools Benefit!

  • $44,700 for  Middle School and High School Chromebooks
  • Continued Study Skills funding and expansion for K-8
  • 29 educational grants totaling  $54,990 for 2016/2017
  • $50,000 funded in support of  Future Ready Classrooms and our Model Classroom Project

visit Thiems Grant page for photos and list of grants

Signifcant Support for D205 Over 25 Years

The Foundation Board, through the generous contributions from our community, has provided District 205 schools over $2 million in support. Funding for Academic Programs at over $1.7M and funding for Partnership Programs at over $900,000 represent major investments into our schools.




The Foundation has been able to significantly increase support over the past 25 years.  

Since 1996/1997, District 205 receives well over $100,000 of support every 2 year period.


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Lisa Fanelli, 2015 NSFA Host Committee Member, with Gov Rauner, center, and Committee

NFSA Welcome Committee

Executive Director, Lisa Fanelli, poses with Governor Rauner and fellow Host Committee Members for the 2015  National School Foundation Association Conference held in Chicago. Individuals from thirty-two states and Canada attended the  conference. "It was an honor to serve as a team member on the Welcome Committee, and the conference was so informative and rewarding", said Lisa, "There is important work being done by K-12 educational foundations on a national level, and the ability to learn from and collaborate with experts in education, individuals that value this work and those dedicated to it was a great opportunity." 


Attend the free public presentation on Monday, Aug. 14th by Dr. Bill Daggett and learn why and how public schools must re-examine their beliefs about what students and society need to ensure the success of future generations.

More info here


Harlem Wizards Success

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SAVE THE DATE: Sept. 30, 2017 5:00 pm


Special Thanks to those that made the 2016 event possible

  D205 Home Team of Teachers, Staff and Sponsors!

Sponsors: British Swim School, DeVries Animal Hospital, MOD Pizza, Clarion Inn, Ignite Fitness, Papa Johns, BrewPoint

Raffle Donors: Enzee, Patriot Sports, Elmhurst Photo Boutique

D205 All Stars vs Wizards

Three new Model Classrooms for District

 $50,000 Model Classroom Pilot Project

The classroom environment is more than just four walls and a place to sit.  It is a  multi-purpose learning space that must accomodate movement, multiple ongoing activities, directed learning, large and small group work, and the infusion of technology that brings the world inside those walls. Lighting, accustics, and seating options are just a few factors that impact student learning. Meeting students' sensory needs allows them to be more engaged in classroom activities. And engagment is important to learning. The classroom becomes a variable that helps the teacher teach more effectively and the student expereince more meaningful. 

Click here to learn more about The Model Classroom Project

Click here to see a video of student reactions to their new room


York Partnerships

York Community High SchoolThe Foundation partners with interested individuals and groups that want to use their resources to benefit York students and help us with our mission of fostering academic excellence in District 205 through providing student opportunities, supporting student achievement and optimizing student engagement. Past and current partnerships include:

York Student Enrichment Team(YSET), Friends of York Baseball, York Distinguished Alumni Program and Alumni Association, York Garden Project, Stadium Turf and Lighting Projects


Learn more about Foundation impact at York

York High School Alumni Association

The newly formed York Community High School Alumni Association (YCHSAA) was created as a vehicle to foster communication and camaraderie among its alumni and to serve and support them, the  school and it’s students. Membership is  free, therefore, donations will be used to cover start-up costs, marketing and events.

Visit    to  join, update your information and learn more.

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Lisa Fanelli, Foundation Executive Director, and Jay Webb,interim President of the Alumni Association, accept the first "kick-off" donation from Jim Driscoll, Class of 76 and Alumni Association Planning Committee Member. Click here to donate.

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