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Thank You To Our Sponsors


Jim & Jan Dondlinger








BMO Harris Bank

Charlie & Trish Georgas

John & Mary Ann Kalis


The support we receive from our sponsors helps to underwrite our fundraising events so that we can realize more revenue.

Their generosity is extremely appreciated! 



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Future Ready Learning

Watch this brief video that displays how the Foundation is supporting a future ready learning environment for our schools through actual funded enhancements.



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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.



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Gala 2018


Saturday., February 10th

Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook


Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and especially our generous guests, that made this the most successful gala to date. The $200,000 raised will go a long way in providing enhancements that will benefit students in Elmhurst Public Schools.


Photos of the event coming soon!


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Wizards Event Photography donated by  Betsy Markwald Photography

2017/18 School Year off to a Great Start!

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Foundation funds are being used to purchase wi-fi hot spot devices to provide high speed internet access outside of school for identified students that do not have it. The Title I funding that provided these devices in the past has been significantly reduced, and the Foundation is picking up the cost to ensure that students have the opportunity to fully engage in their education with this important resource.





York High School                 9 grants for $14,660

Middle Schools                    5 grants for  $11,532 
& REACH PTA          

Early Childhood                  11 grants for $28,135

& Elementary Schools

Twenty-five grants worth $54,327 awarded that impact all thirteen schools   

Thank you to all the applicants for going above and beyond to enhance the educational experience for our students!

Click here to learn more about this year's grants 



This year the Foundation is  again providing funding that allows elementary schools to conduct programs outside of the school day that helps identified students with academic assistance and organizational and study skills. Assistance for Middle Schools is being evaluated due to the new schedule that offers an acceleration period during the school day for intervention.


Top Pizza Night - You Decide


Thank you to our participating vendors

Roberto's   Mama Maria's   Fratello's   DiLeo's   Bacci   Armand's   Pazzi di Pizza  

Gullivers   Lou Malnati's

Click Here for 2017 Results 

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." 

Signifcant Support for D205 Over 25 Years

The Foundation Board, through the generous contributions from our community, has provided District 205 schools over $2 million in support. Funding for Academic Programs at over $1.9M and funding for Partnership Programs at over $900,000 represent major investments into our schools.


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The Foundation has been able to significantly increase support over the past 25 years.  

Since 1996/1997, District 205 receives well over $100,000 of support every 2 year period.


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Congratulations to Jill Riecker

2018 Friend of the Foundation

Click here to learn about Jill's amazing 

dedication to volunteerism and the




Congratulations to Steve & Liza Passarelli, the Golden Raffle Winners!!!

2018 Thiems Grant Applications
deadline was February 12, 2018

Recipients will be announced in the spring.


Funds at Work

Three new Model Classrooms for District

 $50,000 Model Classroom Pilot Project

The classroom environment is more than just four walls and a place to sit.  It is a  multi-purpose learning space that must accomodate movement, multiple ongoing activities, directed learning, large and small group work, and the infusion of technology that brings the world inside those walls. Lighting, accustics, and seating options are just a few factors that impact student learning. Meeting students' sensory needs allows them to be more engaged in classroom activities. And engagment is important to learning. The classroom becomes a variable that helps the teacher teach more effectively and the student expereince more meaningful. 

Click here to learn more about The Model Classroom Project

Click here to see a video of student reactions to their new room

York Partnerships

York Community High SchoolThe Foundation partners with interested individuals and groups that want to use their resources to benefit York students and help us with our mission of fostering academic excellence in District 205 through providing student opportunities, supporting student achievement and optimizing student engagement. Past and current partnerships include:

York Student Enrichment Team(YSET), Friends of York Baseball, York Distinguished Alumni Program and Alumni Association, York Garden Project, Stadium Turf and Lighting Projects

click here for York High School partnership programs

Learn more about Foundation impact at York

York High School Alumni Association

York Community High School Alumni Association (YCHSAA) was created as a vehicle to foster communication and camaraderie among its alumni and to serve and support them, the  school and it’s students. Membership is  free, therefore, donations will be used to cover start-up costs, marketing and events.

Visit    to  join, update your information and learn more.


York is turning 100!

Help the Alumni Association support next year's Centennial Celebration donate here

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Lisa Fanelli, Foundation Executive Director, and Jay Webb,interim President of the Alumni Association, accept the first "kick-off" donation from Jim Driscoll, Class of 76 and Alumni Association Planning Committee Member. Click here to donate.