Mission

The 112 Education Foundation

Our Mission:
To enrich and enhance educational opportunities for all children in North Shore School District 112. The 112 Education Foundation is proud to have played a role in providing excellent educational opportunities for all District 112 students throughout our 20 years. From the beginning, it has been our goal to provide immediate funding of the important “extras” that are the hallmark of an innovative school system. During our twenty year history, we have raised over a three quarters of a million dollars to benefit our students. Programming has provided over 500 Foundation Grants for innovative teachers, brought in dozens of authors to visit and work with our students and enabled our students and their families to learn and enjoy classical music through our partnership with Ravinia Festival. In addition, we have provided over $100,000 for summer school student scholarships.

We face the future with renewed commitment and support for the District’s goals, making advances in the areas of literacy and technology. To improve literacy skills, the Foundation helped to fund authors’ visits and numerous literacy programs at various schools, and we facilitated a private grant for an after-school program at Oak Terrace.

To align 112 Education Foundation priorities and programming with the NSSD 112, the Foundation adopted a forward-looking plan in June of 2010.  The plan is updated every three years. For more information on the Foundation’s Strategic Plan, click here.

Of course none of this would be possible without the support of generous community and business donors who believe in investing in our kids. It is through your commitment that the Foundation has been, and will continue to be successful.

Our History:
The North Shore School District 112 Education Foundation was founded in 1995 by concerned parents, community leaders, school board representatives and District administrators. It continuously seeks out creative, alternative sources of revenue that can be used to help our schools provide an innovative, world-class education for every child in our District.

The Foundation supports, augments and enriches the outstanding educational process already taking place in our classrooms, but does not assume the role of the school board, raise funds for construction, or hire personnel.

To fulfill its mission, the Foundation raises money for immediate funding of extra educational programs. With the goal of providing the important “extras” that are the hallmarks of an innovative school system, the Foundation initially conducted a Needs Assessment within the District. From the input it received, the Foundation decided to focus its initial efforts on encouraging and supporting classroom innovation and offering additional academic opportunities to all children in the district, with an emphasis on the development of student scientific and technological skills.

To begin accomplishing both its immediate and long-term goals, the Foundation launched a citywide awareness and fundraising campaign in 1996 called “The Drive for Education.” The initial campaign included a raffle and the inauguration of a special “Plus” vehicle sticker program that has become an ongoing effort.  In 2015, the Foundation expanded the Drive for Education program to the city of Highwood and now Highwood residents have the opportunity to help support the valuable Foundation programs.   Today, the Foundation continues its work by constantly exploring new fundraising ideas and programs to help our schools meet the challenges of providing a superior education.