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Thank you to all those that attended the Harlem Wizards vs. D205 ALL-STARS event. (PHOTOS BELOW) Every elementary and midddle school was represented, as well as York High School.

Fun was had by the over 1,400 attendees and over $15,000 was raised to enhance the educational experience of our students!

Thank you to  all of the teachers and  students that volunteered to help make this event a huge success.

And of course, a very special thanks to the D205  players that did a terrific job almost beating the Wizards!

Coach: Mr. Drew McGuire

Mr. Anderson, Mr. Pluskota, Mr. Gail, Mr. O'Connor, Ms. Schmidt, Mr. Buys, Mr. Bertani, Ms. Iturbide, Ms. Fiore,  Ms. McDonough,
 Mr. Beedy, Ms. Wenig, Ms. Quebbemann Ms. Discipo, Mr. J. Thomas, Mr. Bibel
 Ms. Schwerdtmann, Ms. Poole, Ms. Baxter, Ms. Wright, Ms Weber, Mrs Proskosch,  Mr. Schroeder,  Ms. Floreani,  Ms. Kassam, Ms. Manuel

Referee: Mr. Williams

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Foundation Home


Over $108,000 educational enhancements

funded for 2015-2016 academic year

All K-12 D205 Schools Benefit!


  • $58,000 for  Middle School and High School Chromebooks
  • Continued Study Skills funding and expansion at over $22,000
  • 15 educational grants totaling  $29,194

visit Thiems Grant page for photos and list of grants

 This academic year (2015-16), students in District 205 will benefit from over $108,000 in funding from the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation. “Thiems Educational Grants totaling $29,194 were awarded in May when Foundation members visited classrooms and surprised teachers – and even two students – with the good news that their applications were selected for funding. Various online subscriptions, including another year of BrainPop for K-8, a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, seating options and sensory materials to help improve student engagement, a 3-D printer for high school science, and a community screening of a documentary film are just some of the grants that will benefit students and staff.

Additionally, the Foundation for Educational Excellence is supporting the District’s Mobile Leaning Implementation (MLI) with total funding of $58,000, which purchased three Google Chromebook carts, each with 32 devices, for each of the three middle schools. This 1:1 computing initiative has increased resources for students and teachers at the middle school level. York High School was given a $21,000 grant and two generous designated donor gifts totaling $9,000 from the Foundation that will assist with the roll out of the 1:1 initiative, help cover student fees and ensure that all York students have twenty-four seven access to a Chromebook. Foundation Chair Liz Eder states, “

And finally, with the help of a 2014 donation of $15,000 from the 100+ Women Who Care, the Foundation Board is continuing to fund the Study Skills Program for all K-8 schools, including an expansion of the program at three schools. Study Skills gives academic and organizational assistance to students outside the classroom and relies on reoccurring annual funding to survive.

"Last year, the organization celebrated our 25th anniversary, highlighted by a really special and successful Silver Ball. "The community was incredibly generous, and that directly translates to the amount of support we are able to provide.” - Martin Franchi-Treasurer

"Our directors are passionate about bringing diverse and relevant learning resources to our district. We understand the importance of advancing the use of technology for learning and are thrilled with the level of support we are able to provide for this exciting step!” -Liz Eder-Chair


                            Platinum sponsors                                            

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Gold sponsor


Thank You For Supporting Top Pizza 2015

Over 475 guests attended this year's event!

Top Pizza Night - You Decide

Special Thanks to All Our Pizza Partners

Armond's  Francesco's  Fratellos  Lou Malnati's  Mamma Maria's 

Mimmo's  Papa John's  Pazzi di Pizza  Roberto's Sarpino's



  While the emphasis was on tasting  local pizzas, the BIG winners of the night were the students in Elmhurst public schools.    
All of the evening's proceeds, more than $5,000, will go directly to future Thiems Grants, targeted projects and other initiatives to benefit Elmhurst public schools.


As for the votes:

Lou Malnati's

First Place: best sausage, best crust, best sauce and favorite overall pizza

Second place: best cheese

Mamma Maria's

First place:Best Cheese

Second place :best sausage,kids favorite


Second Place:best specialty pizza, best overall pizza


Second place:best sauce

Papa John's

First Place: Kids Favorite


First Place: Best Specialty pizza

Pazzi di Pizza

Second Place: Best crust


Honorable mention: Best specialty pizza


Honorable mention: Best Sausage


Honorable Mention: Best Crust

The Foundation is extremely grateful to all participating pizzerias, for without their support, this event would not be possible.        

The Foundation also thanks the musical entertainment and NHS students from York High School that volunteered at the event.

Foundation Takes “Hands-on”Approach to STEM

One classroom cart of Nova 5000 devices were purchased for each middle school and are being used by teachers to deliver both  science and math curriculum.

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2016 Thiems Grants

application due Feb 10th 

Program Information

2016 Foundation Gala

Friends Making a Difference

March 11, 2016 Drake Oak Brook

save the date-information coming soon



Neighborhood tree delivery: Nov 28th

Tree pick up or paid delivery: Dec 5th Sandburg Middle School 10AM-1PM 

Visit our Holiday Tree Sale page for more information.


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.

NSFA Host Committee with Gov Rauner, center

NFSA Welcome Committee

Executive Director, Lisa Fanelli, poses with Governor Rauner and fellow Host Committee Members for this year's National School Foundation Association Conference held in Chicago. Individuals from thirty-two states and Canada attended the  conference April 22-24. "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."  Mrs. Fanelli presented a summary of the conference  to the Board of Education at the May 13th Board of Education meeting.

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"Words cannot express my excitement and gratitude over the Foundation's
generous support of our Brain Pop subscription.
This site has become such a huge part of our everyday life here at Hawthorne
that I do not know how we could live without it." 

Caroline Weaver-Hawthorne


Thank you to all of our donors, guests and sponsors for celebrating our 25th Anniversary and
making The Silver Ball an enormous success!

The Silver Ball Advanced Placement Scholar Sponsor


BMO Harris Bank

The Silver Ball  Honor Roll Sponsors


The Owens Family

The Maniola  Family

The Foley Family

Jim Collins & Julie Thiel



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Funds at Work!

Steel Drum Band - York - 2007 Science Olympiad & Enrichment Program - District Wide Data Projectors 4 Math - York Science Olympiad & Enrichment Program - District Wide Science Olympiad & Enrichment Program - District Wide History in the Classroom - District Wide Elementary Developing Citizenship - Churchville Diversity Garden What's Cookin' - Madison - 2009 Science Olympiad - District Wide Art Room of the Future - Sandburg Modeling Molecular World - York TAPit Touchscreen - Edison -2011 Vote for Me - Middle Schools - 2008 Jr Great Books - Elementary Sousa Band - District Wide Middle & High School Wetland Ecosystem Study Lab - Fisher Pottery Wheels - District Wide Middle School Art Classes Building Complex Circuits in Physics - York The ABC's of Nursery Rhymes - Fisher Choral Festival - District Wide - 2008
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