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Lisa Fanelli
Executive Director

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.

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STEM  -  Thiems Grants  -  Study Skills   Community Partnerships

What We Do:

  • Support STEM Education - In order to improve student learning in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the Foundation has targeted STEM education for fundraising. Foundation support begins with raising funds to purchase additional Nova5000 devices for middle school students.
  • Award Grants for Innovative Learning -  Through the Thiems Grants  program, any staff member, parent or student may submit a grant application for programs that are innovative and enhance the quality of education for District 205 students. Over 518 grants have been awarded since 1990.
  • Partner with Community Group - The Foundation partners with community groups to provide assistance with fundraising for specific needs, including facility improvements. It also works with other groups to recognize distinguished York alumni.
  • Enrich the Education of our Children - Keeping children involved is a community commitment. The District 205 Foundation partners with the York Student  Enrichment Team (YSET) to  provide avenues for financial assistance to those who cannot afford to pay academic and extracurricular fees.
  • Improve Academic Achievement - Since 2008 , the Foundation-funded Study Skills Academies have used staff and volunteers at district schools to assist students outside the classroom who need additional academic support.

Results:  Together, We Affect the Community

  • “We teachers are always looking for ways to make learning exciting. We know we have the awesome Foundation for support!”  -Sandburg Middle School Teacher Helen Lazzaro
  • “What a FANTASTIC program (the study skills academy) was for my son. It made all the difference for him…the one-on-one attention was great and built up his confidence. I am extremely grateful and want to say thanks!” -Edison Elementary School Parent
  • “The Foundation brought our school and PNC Bank together to form a partnership. It provided volunteer opportunities for their employees, additional help for our school and a book drive for our library. It was a win-win for all.”  -Madison Early Childhood Center Principal Susan Kondrat

2012-13 Focus:  STEM Signature Project

  • Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) provide a solid foundation for critical thinking and problem-solving in the 21st century. These core areas, in connection with a balanced curricular approach,  are critical components of innovation that will prepare students to function successfully in our rapidly changing world.
  • Research shows that hands-on inquiry-based education in these disciplines, and particularly in science and engineering, is most effective.
  • Beginning in 2012, District 205 teachers at each middle school will introduce technological tools called the Nova5000 into the science and math curriculum so that students can conduct research, analyze data, and problem-solve in a more hands-on, realistic manner.
  • The Nova 5000 is a technological tool that enables students to efficiently participate in hands-on, inquiry-based learning, a critical cornerstone of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), the educational approach that is sweeping the nation and a current focus for District 205.
  • In order to ensure that every middle school student across the District has access to these devices, the Foundation has elected to fundraise for the purchase of additional Nova data loggers, probes, charging carts and instructional materials to supply classrooms by 2013.

    Click Here for more about District 205 STEM Curriculum & Instruction

The Elmhurst District 205 Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to innovations in education and the advancement of excellence in Elmhurst's public schools.

Funds at Work!

Jr Great Books - Elementary Modeling Molecular World - York Pottery Wheels - District Wide Middle School Art Classes History in the Classroom - District Wide Elementary What's Cookin' - Madison - 2009 Steel Drum Band - York - 2007 Developing Citizenship - Churchville Diversity Garden Art Room of the Future - Sandburg Building Complex Circuits in Physics - York Vote for Me - Middle Schools - 2008 Choral Festival - District Wide - 2008 The ABC's of Nursery Rhymes - Fisher
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Students use Nova5000 to conduct research, analyze data, & problem solve in a hands-on, realistic manner.

 “Our Board believes that a good way to touch every student is to support education at the middle school level.  Every elementary family feeds into one of those three schools and those students all move on to York High School. Making sure that students have the same educational opportunities so they may arrive at York even better prepared for science and math is important to us, our community and the nation.”  Foundation Board Chairman, Terry Horn

How You Can Help:


  • Fundraising Events
  • Study Skills Academy
  • STEM Project
  • Student Enrichment Programs


  • Attend Foundation Events
  • Join Volunteer Corps
  • Adopt a School
  • Fund a Designated Grant to Impact a Specific Curricular Area
  • Make a Donation

Get Recognized

  • Acknowledgement and Coverage in Foundation Newsletter, Website & Facebook
  • Coverage in Local Press
  • Receive Friend of the Foundation Award