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Foundation partnering with Lou Malnati’s for fundraiser

Posted Friday, February 10th, 2017

The District 54 Education Foundation will be hosting a fundraising give back event with Lou Malnati’s on Wednesday, March 1. Mention the fundraiser at the time of your order and present the event flyer (click here for the flyer), and Lou Malnati’s will donate 20 percent of total sales to the Education Foundation. Purchases include dine-in, carryout or delivery at both locations in Schaumburg (357 S.  Barrington Road and 1 S. Roselle Road). Online ordering is excluded.

Currently 22 percent of District 54 students qualify for the federal free lunch program, meaning 22 percent of students live in a household where the annual salary is approximately $32,000 for a family of four. The District 54 Education Foundation has made a commitment to serving these students by

· Funding breakfast programs at each school so that students can start each school day ready to learn (visit http://d54foundation.com/food-4-thought/ to learn more);

· Funding after-school STEM programs so that all students have the opportunity to become innovators, practice collaboration and be prepared for the exciting opportunities in their futures; and

· Awarding grants to students from low-income households to participate in extracurricular activities, so that they have the same opportunities as all children.

Chick-fil-A sponsors Food 4 Thought breakfast program

Posted Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

The District 54 Education Foundation is pleased to announce that Chick-fil-A of Schaumburg/West Schaumburg is sponsoring the breakfast program at Eisenhower Junior High. Chick-fil-A of Schaumburg/West Schaumburg’s $10,000 donation to the Foundation’s Food 4 Thought program will provide breakfast for all students in need at Eisenhower for the 2016-17 school year.

The D54 Foundation has committed to raising $280,000 to fund breakfast programs at all District 54 schools to ensure that students begin their day ready to learn. Nearly one-fourth of District 54 students qualify for the federal free lunch program, and while District 54 receives state and federal funds for the lunch program, schools that want to offer breakfast programs to our students in need must raise the money on their own. Currently the Foundation is funding breakfast programs at nine District 54 schools for nearly 1,300 eligible students.

Donations of any size to Food 4 Thought have a direct impact on students’ lives. It costs just $1 a day, or $5 a week, to provide a healthy breakfast to a student; a $200 donation provides breakfast to a child for a full school year. Businesses/corporations and individuals can also sponsor an entire school for a year with a donation of $10,000.

“The D54 Foundation has committed to funding breakfast programs for students from financially struggling families at all District 54 schools to ensure that students begin their day ready to learn,” Foundation Chair Thomas Manzardo said. “We hope that individuals, businesses and organizations will consider making a difference in the life of a child in our community by donating to the D54 Foundation’s Food 4 Thought program.”

To donate or to sponsor a school, visit http://www.d54foundation.com/support, call (847) 357-5038, or e-mail JenniferWaldorf@sd54.org. Donations can be made online or mailed to D54 Foundation, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL, 60194.

Foundation marks 30 years of supporting District 54

Posted Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Did you know that the District 54 Education Foundation was founded 30 years ago? A small group began holding organizational meetings during the summer of 1987, and the Foundation was officially incorporated that fall.

While the Foundation’s focus has shifted over the years, the mission has remained the same:  to generate and distribute financial and other resources to District 54 schools to enhance the quality of education and provide students with extended learning opportunities.

Over the past three decades the organization has donated a total of nearly $1 million to fund various initiatives in support of students, including:

·         Staff grants to foster innovation and creativity in teaching and learning;

·         STEM enrichment programs so that all students have the opportunity to become innovators, practice collaboration and be prepared for exciting opportunities in their futures;

·         Grants to students from financially struggling families so that they may participate in extracurricular activities; and

·         Breakfast programs for students from financially struggling families to ensure that they begin their day ready to learn. Donations of any size to the Foundation’s Food 4 Thought program, which is raising funds to provide breakfast programs at all District 54 schools, directly impact students’ lives. It costs just $1 a day, or $5 a week, to provide a healthy breakfast to a student; and a $200 donation provides breakfast to a child for a full school year. Businesses, organizations and individuals can also sponsor an entire school for a full year with a donation of $10,000. For more information about Food 4 Thought, visit www.d54foundation.com.

The Foundation is grateful to all of the staff, parents, community members and area businesses and organizations who have helped us to fulfill our mission over the past 30 years, by donating funds, sponsoring and/or volunteering for one of our fundraising events such as Mardi Gras or our golf outing, participating in a Foundation dine-and-share or shop-and-share event, or serving on the board.

Support the Foundation by shopping with Amazon Smile

Posted Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Did you know the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation is part of the Amazon Smile initiative? Amazon Smile Foundation donates to the charitable organization of your choice when you shop at Amazon. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to shop (and give) with Amazon Smile.

  1. Click this link
  2. Select Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation from the registered charities
  3. Start shopping! Amazon will remember your selection, so every eligible purchase you make on Amazon smile will result in a 0.5% donation to support Foundation grants.

You may even want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return to whenever you shop.

WACO signs on as Food 4 Thought all-school sponsor

Posted Monday, November 21st, 2016

Thank you to the Woodfield Area Children’s Organization (WACO), our first Food 4 Thought all-school sponsor! WACO generously donated $10,000 to feed breakfast to all students in need at Addams School for 2016-17. Read on for more information about how you can make a difference by donating to Food 4 Thought.

The D54 Foundation has committed to raising $280,000 to fund breakfast Food-4-Thought-Logo-for-websiteprograms at all District 54 schools to ensure that students begin their day ready to learn. Nearly one-third of District 54 students qualify for the federal free lunch program, and while District 54 receives state and federal funds for the lunch program, schools that want to offer breakfast programs to our students in need must raise the money on their own. Currently School District 54 is funding breakfast programs at eight schools for nearly 1,200 eligible students, and breakfast programs were launched at an additional nine schools for more than 1,000 eligible students in early October with a $45,000 donation from the D54 Foundation.

Donations of any size to Food 4 Thought have a direct impact on students’ lives. It costs just $1 a day, or $5 a week, to provide a healthy breakfast to a student; a $200 donation provides breakfast to a child for a full school year. Businesses/corporations and individuals can also sponsor an entire school for a full year with a donation of $10,000.

Click here to download the Food 4 Thought donation form.  You can also make a secure online donation via our Support Us page.

For more information, call Jennie Waldorf at (847) 357-5038 or e-mail d54foundation@sd54.org.

Click here to watch a video spotlighting the Food 4 Thought program.

 

 

D54 Foundation recognized as Super Partner by District 54

Posted Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The District 54 Education Foundation was honored to be recognized as a Super Partner at District 54’s annual Partnership Breakfast this morning at Mead School, along with the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs and Willow Creek Care Center. We are pleased to support District 54’s mission to ensure student success!

Make a difference with Food 4 Thought donation

Posted Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

The D54 Foundation has committed to raising $280,000 to fund breakfast programs at all District 54 schools to ensure that students begin their dafood-4-thought-logoy ready to learn, and you can help by donating to the Foundation’s Food 4 Thought program.

Nearly one-third of District 54 students qualify for the federal free lunch program, and while District 54 receives state and federal funds for the lunch program, schools that want to offer breakfast programs to our students in need must raise the money on their own. Currently School District 54 is funding breakfast programs at eight schools for nearly 1,200 eligible students, and breakfast programs are being launched at an additional nine schools for more than 1,000 eligible students in early October with a $45,000 donation from the D54 Foundation.

Donations of any size to Food 4 Thought have a direct impact on students’ lives. It costs just $1 a day, or $5 a week, to provide a healthy breakfast to a student; a $200 donation provides breakfast to a child for a full school year. Businesses/corporations and individuals can also sponsor an entire school for a full year with a donation of $10,000.

Click here for the Food 4 Thought donation form. You can also make a secure online donation via our Support Us page.

For more information, call Jennie Waldorf at (847) 357-5038 or e-mail d54foundation@sd54.org.

Click here to watch a video spotlighting the Food 4 Thought program.

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Posted Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

D54 Spring Newsletter 2015

Thank You!

Posted Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Thank you to all of our volunteers, sponsors and guests at this years Mardi Gras & Casino Night 2015.  Because of all of you, the Foundation will be able to provide numerous grants to District 54 students to enhance their educational experiences.

Dennis Quinn – Legacy of Leadership

Posted Monday, August 18th, 2014

It is with a sad heart that I write this announcement of death of former Schaumburg Township Elementary School Chairman Dennis Quinn.

Dennis and his wife, Barb, initially became involved in School District 54 by donating their time and resources to the PTAs at Nerge and Mead, the schools their children attended.

In 1998, Dennis joined the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation. Five months after joining, he became the Foundation chairman, a position he held until 2010. He was well known for his ability to not only raise funds to support our schools, but also to cultivate relationships between educators, business partners and the community we serve.

I first met Dennis in 2003, when I attended the Foundation’s Mardi Gras for the first time as a new administrator in District 54. As I became more active in the Foundation, I was fortunate to spend more time with Dennis and witness firsthand his dedication to the children of District 54.

In 2002, District 54 nominated Dennis for the Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel Award for volunteers, an award he received. More recently, the Foundation began offering the Dennis P. Quinn Super Grant, in recognition of the support Dennis has given to the Foundation. This grant, of up to $10,000, is awarded annually to a group of district employees to foster creative approaches to learning.

The Foundation’s Memorial Grant began under Dennis’ leadership as chairman. Children from families facing financial difficulties can apply for this grant to cultivate academic, cultural or athletic interests outside of the school day. These grants are funded, in part, through contributions received in honor of individuals who have passed away.

Although I am saddened that our community has lost a great man, I am honored to be able to donate to the Foundation in his name, to keep his legacy alive.

For anyone interested in attending, the family announces that visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 22, and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 23 at Calvary Community Church, 1000 S. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at Calvary Community Church.




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