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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.

Septemberfest Parking

Posted Friday, July 11th, 2014

When you head to Schaumburg’s Septemberfest park with us!  $5 per car and the money goes to D54 Foundation’s grant programs.

Schaumburg’s Septemberfest
When:  Saturday, August 30 – Sunday August 31
Where: Collins Elementary School
407 S. Summit Drive
Schaumburg, IL

During the festival, Collins can be reached by heading south on Summit Drive from Schaumburg Road or north on Summit Drive from Weathersfield Way
(which is the preferred route ~ the intersection of Schaumburg Road and
Summit Drive is heavily congested during the festival).
Summit is located east of Roselle Road and west of Plum Grove Road.

The Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization which funds programs for School District 54 which are not covered by school budgets or tax dollars.

Programs regularly funded by the Foundation include:
Grants for teachers & staff for projects aimed at enhancing and enriching educational opportunities for students and
Memorial grant scholarships for children designed to enrich student educational opportunities to further their academic, cultural, or extra-curricular interests after school hours.
For more information, contact Executive Director, Sophia Grassa at
(847) 352-0652 or found54@sbcglobal.net

 

D54 Foundation Portfolio 2014

Posted Friday, April 4th, 2014

To read more about the Foundation and our Partners please view the Foundation’s Portfolio:  D54Portfolio2014.

Fall 2013 Newsletter

Posted Monday, November 4th, 2013

$5 Sandwiches at Potbelly

Posted Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

They warmed up the ovens Monday, October 14, 2013 for a special preview of Schaumburg’s newest Potbelly Restaurant.

A $5 donation for every Potbelly’s Original Sandwich, bag of chips and a drink went goes to the students of District 54.

A special thank you to Potbelly’s and all the guests who made the event a success!

DiVine Tasting

Posted Monday, May 13th, 2013

Thank you to the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel for hosting another successful DiVine Tasting on Friday, September 20th.  And thank you to all of our guests, volunteers and board members who helped make this a special night.

All proceeds from the event will be used for the Foundation’s grant programs.

Restaurant Benefit

Posted Monday, March 4th, 2013

Whether it was for lunch, dinner or take-out, thank you for joining us at John Barleycorn in Schaumburg Wednesday, March 13.  15% of your bill was donated to the Foundation.

A special thanks to John Barleycorn for a wonderful event!

John Barleycorn
1100 American Lane
Schaumburg, IL 60194
847-619-5540

Memorial Grant Applications

Posted Sunday, February 17th, 2013

The Foundation accepts Memorial Grant applications for students of School District 54 to cultivate an academic, cultural or athletic interest to enrich student educational opportunities. Memorial grants will be limited to a maximum of $150 per recipient.  Click on Grant Information at the top of this web site where you will find the applications for download.

Deadline for Memorial Grant Scholarship applications is Friday, March 21st!

Holiday Tree Sales to Benefit Foundation

Posted Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Purchase your holiday décor from John’s Evergreens
at Mallard Crossing
(NE corner of Meacham & Nerge Roads)

and 2500 W. Golf Road, Hoffman Estates (formerly Plunkett Furniture)

November 29th through December 23rd

Mention the D54 Foundation and portion of the proceeds will be donated back to the Foundation!

California Pizza Kitchen Benefit

Posted Friday, September 14th, 2012

Thanks to everyone who joined us at California Pizza Kitchen on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

20% of your check will be donated to the Foundation.

With the CPK D54 Flyer, your purchases of either dine-in, take-out, catering and all beverages went to support programs for the D54 students.

And special thanks to the California Pizza Kitchen!
Woodfield Village Green
1550 E. Golf Road
Schaumburg
847-413-9200