Making a Difference


Since 1989… your support resulted in over $2 million educational enhancements to District 205 schools and over $3 million raised and awarded with the inclusion of funds from community partnerships 

See the educational enhancements that we provided with your generosity. All of the materials pictured are provided with Foundation dollars. 
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The District # 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence provided $50,000 to help fund the Future Ready Model Classroom project in 2017.

A pilot program that created three future ready classrooms at the K-2(Fischer), 3-5(Lincoln), and 6-8(Bruan) grade levels. 
Former Foundation Chair Brian Bresnahan explains, “Our mission states that we are dedicated to innovations in education. Helping to move the District further along the spectrum of Future Ready Learning is definitely something we want to be involved with. I think the community will see the value in it and support us.”

Using the information gathered from this project along with additional research, four more classrooms will be piloted in 2019/20 at Sandburg, Churchville, Emerson and Jackson. Feedback will be gathered to inform the way classrooms are created in the new post referendum buildings as well as in all classrooms and buildings in the future across the district. Click here to see student reactions to their new classroom


$98,559 in 2018 Thiems Grants benefiting all K-12 schools  this year
  • $31,091 middle schools
  • $14,870 high school
  • $17,000 for multi-building staff to pilot virtual reality technologies in instruction
  • Click here for list of grants
$80,000 to support the York High School Manufacturing Lab

The Foundation has provided funding to purchase two manual lathes and two manual mills for the new Manufacturing Lab.
Students will be able to utilize the lab starting this year, and
beginning in 2020, the lab will be a key component of the new manufacturing pathway offered at York.

$15,000 to assist struggling students outside of the classroom

Seven elementary schools are offering the Foundation's Study Skills Program this academic year. Certified staff serve as program coordinators & teachers to help third through fifth grade students with specific academic content and executive function. Programs held before and after school, or during lunch/recess.

Over $50,000 raised 

Through partnership with Friends of York Baseball, York families are enjoying new bleacher seating and field upgrades.

$2,650 In wi-fi hotspots

Over 60 wi-fi hotspot devices were provided for students that do not have wi-fi at home with Foundation support. This enables them to better utilize their chromebooks, collaborate on classroom projects and conduct research from home.  The total amount funded, including $3,750 from 2017, is $6,400.







The District 205 Foundation received a very generous donation from the Elmhurst community group 100+ Women Who Care this February to support York's Duke Depot. This program exists to provide personal items, school supplies, and clothing for students that need assistance. These funds will also help York's Student Council to provide identified new  students with a backpack containing school supplies and book store gift  card. The number of students requiring support for these basic needs continues to grow, and this donation will provide help several years out so that students can come prepared and ready to engage in their education.


The District’s acceptance into the Innovation and Transformational Leadership Network, and their selection and participation in the Harvard Scaling for Impact Program are important steps that ensure relevant and rigorous curriculum and instruction, and deepen the organization’s ability to achieve pattern breaking performance that can be scaled and sustained district wide. The Foundation is dedicated to innovation, and by supporting the focus of our Innovation Team, district leadership and staff on interdisciplinary and blended learning in connection with the aforementioned programs, we are helping to move the district forward in providing a leading edge learning environment for our students.