Message from the Chair

Dear Friends,

One of the great things about community is that it enables us to help others more effectively than we can as individuals. The Elmhurst District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence continues to provide enrichment to the students of our entire community of 13 schools, as we have for the past 25 years. Read More . . .


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Thank You For Supporting Top Pizza 2015

Over 470 guests attended this year's event!

Top Pizza Night - You Decide
The results of the "friendly competition" will be available soon, but every pizza vendor is a winner for donating their time and product to raise funds that will be used to support education in Elmhurst.

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




100+ Women Select  Foundation's Study Skill Academy For Donation


The Elmhurst 100+ Women Who Care awarded $14,900 to the District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence to be used to fund the Study Skills Academy. The Study Skills Academy purpose is to assist struggling learners to learn study skills that will help them be successful through the use of specific academic content. Over 1,200 District 205 students have been helped through this program since 2007. Read More


The Foundation's Treasurer, Laura Maniola and Executive Director, Lisa Fanelli accept the 100+ Women Award


2014 Thiems Grant Awards of $38,698

Foundation Board members visited D205 schools last week with balloons, posters and good news for the teachers that were awarded Thiems Educational Grants this year. York received 6 grants totaling $16,160, and the elementary schools received 13 grants totaling $22,538 with every school benefiting from at least one grant.  Read more here . . .

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.

Making a Difference with Exploratory Classroom

Emerson School has always been very fortunate to have a lot of green space around the school building. However, this did not readily translate into accessible instructional space. Then the Foundation supported the vision of building an outdoor classroom that gave multiple opportunities for students to interact with the environment throughout the seasons.

"Just by taking a step outside, student education has been enriched with butterfly and prairie gardens, a frog pond, seating areas, and exploration space." -Caryl Witt, Emerson School First Grade Teacher

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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



Thank you to all our sponsors for supporting  District 205 Foundation


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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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Foundation Board Nominations are now open for term beginning April, 2015

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.