D211 Post: Donor’s Generosity Feeds Giving

The High School District 211 Foundation recently received a donation of more than $1,000 from a generous individual to pay for 10 students to receive breakfast and lunch for the upcoming semester. The funds will also remove lunch debt accrued last semester.

As word of this donor’s generosity spread, the District 211 Foundation began receiving additional donations to pay for reduced-price meals.  Thirty-five percent of District 211 students qualify for the national meals program. Depending on a number of criteria, students qualify for either free or reduced-price meals. Some families who qualify for reduced-price meals have difficulty paying the 70 cents per day for a healthy breakfast and lunch.

During this season of giving, those wishing to make a donation to help offset meal costs for students in need can do so through the District 211 Foundation.  A donation of $63 provides breakfast and lunch for one student for the full semester.    Donations to pay for student meals  make an immediate impact and can be made online by visiting the Foundation’s website at www.d211foundation.org/donate, or by sending a check in care of the District 211 Foundation to 1750 S. Roselle Road, Palatine, IL 60067-7336 (be sure to note Student Reduced-Price Meals on the memo line).

D211 Post: Realtors Against Homelessness Schedules 9th Annual Event

            Realtors Against Homelessness has scheduled their 9th annual RAH Event for November 7, 2019 at Stonegate Conference and Banquet Centre (2401 W. Higgins Rd., Hoffman Estates, IL).  The event will run from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.     

            Realtors Against Homelessness was formed in 2011 and partnered with the District 211 Foundation to work to decrease homelessness among students throughout District 211.  Since its founding, RAH has generated more than $270,000 in support of students and families.

            “RAH was founded in the midst of the housing crisis.  We truly expected that as the market improved, our efforts would become unnecessary,” said RAH President Cindy Eich.  “Sadly, that has not been the case.  Thankfully our area is filled with wonderful brokers, lenders, attorneys, school district personnel and caring members of the community.”

            The November 7th event will include hot appetizers, live auctions and raffles.  Guests will be treated to a live performance by The Voice contestant and local crooner Riley Elmore. 

            Tickets are $50 through October 31.  Starting November 1, ticket prices will increase to $60.  Attendees must be aged 21 or older.  RAH is accepting donations and sponsorships for the event.  Information for this and ticket purchases are available at RAH211.com.

D211 Post: RAH and D211 Foundation Pair Up for 8th Annual Event

           Realtors Against Homelessness and the D211 Foundation partner for their 8th annual event November 7, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Stonegate Banquet Centre in Hoffman Estates.  For the second consecutive year, guests will be entertained by 7th Heaven.

            The event will include a variety of live and silent auctions as well as raffles.  All proceeds from the event will be used by RAH in their mission of support to students within District 211 facing homelessness through providing housing assistance, utility payments or school athletic and activity fee payments.

            Tickets are available for $50 through October 31.  Beginning November 1, tickets will cost $60.  Tickets can be purchased through the foundation’s website or by clicking here.  Area businesses wishing to help sponsor or make donations can do so through the foundation’s website or by clicking here.

D211 Post: Fremd Holds First Champion Program Meeting

Fremd High School Math Teacher Maddie Junge speaks with Sophomore Megan Keith during the first Champion Program meeting.

             A group of teachers and staff at William Fremd High School wanted to combat students’ feelings of no connection with the school.  The group ultimately came up with the Champion Program, which would pair these students with staff members who volunteered as mentors.  The program held their kick-off meeting October 2.

            Special Education Department Chair, Jessica Medinah said the purpose of the mentors is to create an additional support system for students.

            “These students would benefit from one on one connections with a supportive staff member who has a genuine interest in creating a trusting relationship. Today’s climate tells us that students need to know they are valued and supported at their school,” she said.  “This program strives to support students who may feel disconnected from Fremd with a caring, trusted adult. We want all students to feel that they have a champion in their corner; somebody who provides affirmation and recognition.”

William Fremd High School Applied Technology teacher Steve Elza demonstrates holding six penne noodles on a single dry spaghetti noodle during an ice breaker at Fremd’s first Champion Program meeting.

            Students were introduced to their mentors during their shared free period of the day.  During the introductory meeting, students and mentors dined on pizza provided by Tre Amici Pizza (Palatine), after which they engaged in an ice breaker exercise.  After the exercise mentors and students discussed topics ranging from things they enjoyed at school, family, and other topics.

            Sophomore Megan Keith said the concept of the new program was interesting.

            “I think it’s a good idea to have more students feel a connection to their school,” she said.

            Medinah said the Champion Program will have a second large group meeting prior to finals, but mentors will meet one on one with the students at a minimum of twice per month, though some mentors and students may choose to meet more frequently.

D211 Post:D211 Foundation Offers Multiple Scholarships

             The Township High School District 211 Foundation currently has more than 40 scholarships available to graduating seniors.  These scholarships total nearly $64,000 available to assist graduates in their college endeavors. 

            “College is a large expense for families and we have many generous donors that are passionate about giving back to the community and honoring loved ones through scholarships,” said foundation member Kris Bratkiv.

            Bratkiv said that while most scholarships have an application deadline of March 16, students are encouraged to review each opportunity.  Though some scholarships are available district wide, many are school specific. 

            To review all scholarships, visit the foundation’s scholarship page by clicking here or going to www.d211 foundation.org/scholarships.  

D211 Post: D211 Foundation Hosts 5th Annual Fun(d) Run

                 The D211 Foundation will hold its 5th annual Fun(d) Run in Palatine, Oct. 1, starting at 8:00 a.m.  The 5K race raises funds which the foundation puts toward providing resources which enhance and enrich the educational opportunities throughout the district.

                  This year’s event will also include a silent auction with a variety of prizes being donated by area businesses.

                  Individuals wishing to participate are encouraged to register online.  Online registration fees are $30 for adults and $15 for runners under 18.  Online registration closes Sept. 27.   Fees increase to $35 and $20 respectively for registrations mailed in or completed the day of the race. 

                  The D211 Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization.  It has served the Township High School District 211 community for more than 20 years.