"Making Things Happen That Ordinarily Would Not"

The District 200 Education Foundation is a private, not-for-profit organization which was formed in 1993 to enhance and enrich the educational programs offered to students in District 200’s twelve schools. With the motto of “Making Things Happen That Ordinarily Would Not”, the Foundation plans activities and attracts donations to fund programs and services that are not covered by the regular school district budget. Since 1994, the organization has awarded more than $405,000 in grants to District 200 teachers for innovative projects and activities.

The District 200 Education Foundation is proud to announce the recipient of the Sue Palmore Award of Excellence for 2016 will be long-time resident and educational volunteer Joy Aavang. More Information.......


The major source of funding for the foundation is the Foundation’s annual Groundhog Day Dinner/Auction. This coming year the event will be held at a new venue, the Starline Factory in Harvard, on Saturday, February 6. We invite you to support the mission of the Education Foundation in one or more of the following ways:

~ Join us for dinner on February 6 at the Starline in Harvard. Tickets are $60 per person are available at the District 200 Offices or online
Click here to purchase tickets.

~ Purchase a reverse raffle ticket for $100. They are available for purchase from any board member on our Ticket Page.
~ Donate an item for our silent or live auctions by contacting any board member. See a list of board members here.
~ Place an advertisement in the event program on our Buy and Ad Page: Half-page $500 ; Quarter-page $250 ; Business card $100

Become an Event Sponsor:

    Platinum Sponsor ($5,000 donation) Will receive a complimentary table at the event for ten guests; a full-page ad in the event program; an event banner; and acknowledgement as a major Foundation sponsor in 2016 promotions
    Gold Sponsor ($2,500 donation) Will receive four complimentary tickets to the dinner; a full-page ad in the events program; and be listed on an event banner
    Silver Sponsor ($1,000 donation) Will receive two complimentary tickets to the dinner; a half-page ad in the event program; and be listed on an event banner

Please feel welcome to contact Erich Thurow with any questions you may have about the Foundation or to offer your support. Erich can be reached at president@d200edfoundation.org or 815-353-9084.

2015 - 2016 Impact Grant Applications have been awarded. Check out this years recipients: Impact Grants


D200 Education Foundation Chairman Erich Thurow presented Dr. Mike Moan, superintendent of Community Unit School District 200, with a check for $24,024.66 at the foundation’s November board meeting. The funds will go directly to impact grants awarded to D200 teachers and support staff.

What is the D200 Foundation

Many Woodstock residents explain our hometown to people they meet with a question.  “Have you ever seen the movie “Groundhog Day”?  The film, of course, was shot in Woodstock in 1992.  What you may not know is that Columbia Pictures and the producers of the film made a donation that resulted in the formation of the District 200 Education Foundation.
The film group donated hundreds of props and valuable items used in and on the film to District 200.  A group of citizens formed the District 200 Education Foundation, and auctioned the donated items resulting in a nest egg that has been used to fund programs to benefit thousands of our students for more than 20 years.
The Foundation, operated by a volunteer board of trustees, organizes events and fundraisers to help add to the initial funds and continue the process of supporting school programs.  Each year the Foundation holds a major fundraiser on or around Groundhog Day, and in fall distributes funds to support projects as requested by District 200 staff members.  Annually we provide about $25,000 in what we call “Impact Grants” to support in whole or in part approximately 75 programs.  In doing so, we fulfill our motto: 
Making Things Happen That Ordinarily Would Not. 
In the coming months, we will be featuring some of the projects on our News page, that are being funded by the Foundation this year.  In 2011, we began a program to honor an individual each year for his or her long-term commitment and contributions to excellence in education in the district. 
To date we have honored former Woodstock High School teacher Bud Swarthout (2011), District 200 Community Service Director Barb Banker(2012),  Retired Principal of Greenwood School Bill Schuette (2013) and former Trustee and long-time Foundation volunteer Jim Campion (2014) and the 2014 recipient of the “Award of Excellence” was Miguel Rodriguez.
The award is given each year to a District 200 resident, a current or former volunteer, a district employee or retiree or a distinguished graduate of District 200.  The Board of Trustees receives nominations for the award each fall including letters of nomination and recommendation and then a committee of citizens, administrators and trustees recommend a recipient to the Board of Trustees and the award is given. Visit our Impact Grant page for more information on previous recipients.