District 205 Foundation Celebrates 25 Years
This fundraising event will feature an open bar, plated dinner,
live and silent auctions, music by
The York Jazz Ensemble and The Ripleys.
Fundraising Festivities conducted by
Sayre Jones Auctioneers, Ltd.
Tickets are $150
deadline to purchase tickets is February 1st.
space is limited.
Foundation Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Thanks to the generous support of the Elmhurst community, the District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence will be celebrating its silver anniversary during the 2014–15 school year.
The Foundation began in 1989 when then-Superintendent Russell Thiems and his Deputy Superintendent Larry Wyllie suggested that alternative sources of funding would help combat the shrinking tax dollars available for public education. As a result, a group of community members joined forces and used seed money to form the Foundation.
The Foundation awarded its first 11 grants in 1990 for a total of $10,000 to fund educational programs. Since then, more than $1.6 million has been raised and distributed in the form of grants and other support. In addition, through its partnerships with community organizations, it has provided almost $827,000 in support of Elmhurst public schools. These funds have financed capital improvements at York High School and supported YSET (York Student Enrichment Team) in its mission to assist financially challenged families with fees for courses, books and extracurriculars.
Since its inception, the Foundation has remained true to its mission by supporting innovations in education and advancing excellence in the Elmhurst public schools. Not only is this accomplished by continuing to award the annual Thiems grants, but also through expanding its reach to include signature projects and partnerships with community organizations.
2013 Midnight Masquerade Great Success!
The Time was Definitely Right
The theme of this year's Midnight Masquerade--The Time is Right--was echoed in the words of Superintendent Dave Pruneau, guest speaker Nancy Nega a former Churchville science teacher who is a STEM consultant with the DuPage Regional Office of Education, and Jaycees President Brian Stalker.
|The speakers acknowledged the importance of ensuring that all of today’s children have rich and varied experiences in science, math and engineering to provide them with the knowledge and background needed for advancement in related fields. They expressed the belief that is important to prepare students as well as inspire them to pursue the many job opportunities available in these areas. Particular emphasis was placed on funding enhancements to the curriculum that will further advance STEM education in District 205 schools.|
This year’s event drew 175 people and raised money through attendance, silent auctions, donations, sponsorships and raffles. The Foundation’s Board of Directors is extremely grateful to C&C Power, a Two Diamond Sponsor; BMO Harris which sponsored the Friend of the Foundation Award; and Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, a Gold Star Sponsor. The Foundation thanks all the sponsors, donors, and guests who contributed to make this event a success.
More than $37,000 in funds were raised at Midnight Masquerade, which will help support all of the Foundation programs and will specifically enable the purchase of probes that attach to the NOVA5000 devices purchased last year by the Foundation for the middle schools. The new probes will enhance instruction in physics, life sciences, meteorological experiments, and chemical reactions.
Additionally, funds will go toward the 2014 Thiems grants and the Study Skills program in place at elementary and middle schools.
STEM Signature Project Benefits
STEM support to-date has funded the purchase of a NOVA5000 cart for each of the three middle schools which the students began piloting last school year in very measured ways. The district is now finalizing specific NOVA5000 applications for the delivery of the science and math curriculum.
Proceeds from the 2013 Midnight Masquerade funded the required probes & accessories to help conduct these specific labs.
For more STEM Project news, click here.