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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.

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." 

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Harlem Wizards Back in Elmhurst


  Cheer on D205 Teachers and Staff vs the Harlem Wizards

September 29th 2016   7pm

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2016/17 Thiems Grants Announced

Congratulations to the 2016 Thiems Grant Winners!

Twenty-nine grants worth $54,990 awarded

Every elementary, middle and high school impacted.

"It was great having the Foundation here to present the grants. We are very fortunate to have such a supportive community and we are very appreciative of these grants to support our students.Thank you!" 

Leslie Weber

Principal, Jefferson Elementary 

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 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 pledged To support Model Classroom Project

visit Thiems Grant page for photos and list of grants

2016 Gala - A Major Success

Thanks to all for making the 2016 Gala a huge success.Your generosity enabled many programs to be funded this year.

 Dukes of Distinction

York Community High School

The York Distinguished Alumni Program 

 Meet current and former Honorees Click Here 

Nomination process for next year's distinguished alumni will re -open in 2017

This program is supported by the District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence,
and was created in conjunction with York HS & the District  Communications & Alumni Relations  Dept.

to make a donation that supports this valuable program Click Here

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Thank you to all the sponsors, donors and guests that helped make the gala a huge success!

Over $23,000 raised to specifically fund literacy in our district

Over $55,000 raised to support  additional Foundation Programs


Congratulations to the Winner's Choice Raffle Winners:

Tom & Mary Gnadt



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2016 Friend of the Foundation Award

Foundation honors Holly Kost with the 2016 Friend of the Foundation Award

The District 205 Foundation is proud to honor Holly Kost with the “Friend of the Foundation” award at the 2016 Gala.


Holly’s roots are planted in Elmhurst. She grew up here, raised her family here and absorbed all things volunteer here.  Her involvement began with tenure at Jackson Elementary School where her three children attended over the course of 10 years. Committee chair led to PTA President. She simultaneously served and worked with REACH PTA in various roles including President. A role she went on to hold for eight years.


A theme of appreciated leadership decorates her volunteer resume. No paychecks were exchanged for her hours further spent as founding member of York High School Academic Boosters and the York Distinguished Alumni Program, or her active roles in Music Boosters, Drama Boosters, and the York Advisory Team.Holly and her husband, Kelly, are loyal and generous supporters of the Foundation. Holly was a Thiems Grant recipient for the first Jr. Great Books Program, a literacy enrichment that has been absorbed into the fabric of most of our elementary schools.


This is only a meek excerpt of Holly’s decades of dedication to our schools and other community organizations. Her impact of greatness is immeasurable but devotion and the charity of time are consistent ripples felt through the tide pool of education. 

Thank you to Holly for sharing her talents with our community! 

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