“To acquire and distribute financial and other resources to Oak-Lawn Hometown School District 123 for educational programs and activities which extend and enhance the quality of education and provide students with additional learning opportunities.”
The Education Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that was established in 1991 through the good efforts of the School District and dedicated friends in the community. Its purpose is to attract private monies to fund and advance special innovative educational projects/programs that would not normally be supported by tax dollars. A community Board of Trustees governs the Foundation’s activities. Since its inception, over $200,000 has been contributed to the Educational Foundation. Funding for the foundation has been achieved through private and corporate donations, as well as through annual fundraising events including dinner dances, an annual golf outing, and family festivals. Generous community support has enabled the Foundation to fund a variety of educational programs and enhancements, including:
- The purchase of the Starlab;
- The annual underwriting of the district choral festival;
- Rewards and recognition to faculty members for over 200 minigrants that have been used for innovative classroom programs;
- The procurement of digital cameras for each school;
- The underwriting of special fine arts programs and the purchase of musical instruments;
- Provision for microscopes and heart rate monitors at OLHMS.
The Foundation, in cooperation with representatives from the school district, selects those projects/programs for funding that will have the most favorable impact on the District’s students and will continue to focus its support on the provision of funding for broad based enrichment activities as well as equipment to support those activities. We will provide funds to enhance educational opportunities in areas such as science and technology, the arts, languages and other areas in support of the core curriculum. We will support unique growth opportunities for all school district employees. Additionally, the Foundation will facilitate community awareness of school programs through communication and community involvement.
Become a Partner in Education
The Foundation provides a vehicle for individuals, businesses, and organizations to share resources and gifts with the District schools through:
- Business mentorship and partnerships;
- Direct cash contributions and bequests;
- In-kind contributions and donations of services; and
- Matching contributions.
Interested in serving on the board? The Foundation is actively seeking additional applicants for board positions. This is an opportunity to enhance the learning experience for the children in our community. You can make a difference in our schools. Please contact a member of the board at the District office at (708) 423-0150 for more information.