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).

Still Time to Donate Bottled Water for D211 ‘Water for Flint’ Drive


D211 water logo2District 211 students have spearheaded the ”Water for Flint” drive at each high school, and students and community members are encouraged to donate cases of bottled water for Flint, Mich., residents.

The community of Flint, Mich., is suffering from lead-contaminated water due to aging service lines that leached into the community’s water supply. Families are left without safe water to use or drink. Entering a final push of a weeklong drive, District 211 has already surpassed its initial goal having raised 26,288 bottles of water.

The initiative’s sponsor, Hoffman Estates High School Teacher J.P. Moore, said the bottled water drive is a positive learning experience for all involved. In addition to helping a community in need, Moore said students are learning to be compassionate human beings by taking action to help others.

“We want our students to leave District 211 being able to be compassionate, find strength in numbers, and hopefully we will have enough bottled water to make a difference,” Moore said. “We want our students to say, ‘Look at what we all did together.’ Academics are important, but it’s just as important as teachers and administrators to teach our kids how to care, love, be compassionate, and take care of each other and our world.”

Art Van Furniture Company, located near Flint, Mich., has been accepting and transporting donations to help their community during this time of need.  The company will be transporting the water at no cost to the District.

Community members looking to get involved can drop off cases of unopened, pre-packaged, 16 ounce bottled water or offer a monetary donation to be used to purchase water.

For more information, including where to bring cases of water, please contact your local high school.

Fremd High School Music Students Participate in T-Shirt Charity for the Arts

Students Will Grubbe (tenor saxophone) and David Priest (string bass) perform in their ArtsFest t-shirts.

Music students at Fremd High School recently found a way to give back to the community and show their support for the arts. Members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, as well as other music students, purchased nearly 100 ArtsFest t-shirts to support a nonprofit charity called A.R.T.S. (Arts Refreshing The Soul).

A.R.T.S.’ mission is to use educational creative arts programs in partnership with community social service agencies to dedicate itself to promoting the well-being of women and children in need who are recovering from domestic abuse, poverty, and homelessness.

Fremd Wind Symphony students Elias Pagones, Kevin Krout, and Riko Nakagawa show off their t-shirts for charity.

The group donated $533.00 to the organization from this year’s t-shirt sales. Tri-M’s donation will specifically go towards purchasing arts supplies (paper, paint, brushes, etc.) and take-home music kits (music book, CD, small instrument) for women and children involved with the charity.

Last year, Tri-M donated their t-shirt proceeds to the Joplin High School Music Department tornado relief fund. This year, Tri-M decided to keep their efforts local and agreed to donate all t-shirt profits to the Palatine-area “A.R.T.S.” charity.  This is the third consecutive year of donating all ArtsFest t-shirt profits to a charity or organization in need.

For more information about A.R.T.S., please visit the website.