Thank You From: Littlejohn Kindergarten Team

The generosity of our Donors allows DEF to support the community and to receive amazing letters like the one below from Littlejohn Kindergarten Team😊!!




Dear DeKalb Education Foundation,

A huge thank you to you for approving and funding our Kindergarten Hands-On Exploration grant during the 2017-2018 school year. The items that we were able to purchase for use in our classrooms impacted our students’ educational experience more than we can even begin to describe, and we are so appreciative of your generosity.

Our students were able to participate in hands-on experiences where they collaborated with their peers to make predictions and conduct investigations, discovered for themselves relationships between science concepts, made connections to the abstract concepts about which they were learning, and applied what they learned to help them understand the texts that we were reading during our integrated literacy block. The students were so engaged in learning and loved the opportunities to explore magnetism, and experiment with force and motion and ways to make objects move slower, faster, farther, etc. They were thrilled to plant seeds, track their plants progress, and explain to visitors all they knew about the parts of plants. And one of their favorite activities involved applying their knowledge of weather and wind to design and build their own wind-powered vehicles which we then “raced” in the hallway with the help of a fan.

Your generosity and commitment to the students of District 428 has made an enormous difference and has been hugely impactful on our students’ learning. Thank you!

Tracy Paszotta, Kelly Corral, Joan Boyce
Littlejohn Kindergarten Team

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Travis Erickson Wins 2018 Wirtz Award

DeKalb Education Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018 Wirtz Award Winner…    

Travis Erickson, DeKalb High School Music Educator!   

He was surprised with the award presentation this morning at DHS.

Travis’ ability to influence, inspire, and motivate students exemplifies the intent of this Wirtz family award. 

He will be recognized at the May 1st Board of Education meeting. 

Congratulations to Travis from everyone at the DEF!



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Thank You, Norm Stahl

Norm Stahl

  A NIU Representative on the Writz Committee is retiring this year after 20 years!!

On be half of the DeKalb Education Foundation and District 428, we would like to thank you for your service in the DeKalb Community.

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Applications are in the Student Services Office: They are Due to the Office by March 9, 2018

See Kathy Cebulski, counselor, with questions


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Wirtz Award for Excellence in Education

How to Nominate

Your Colleague for the Wirtz Award for Excellence in Education



  • At the beginning of February, choose your nominee who has been exemplary in inspiring students and/or promotes a program that lifts students’ sense of human values and purpose as proposed by the Wirtz family for this award
  • Notify your nominee of your nomination
  • Complete nomination form
  • Solicit three (3) letters of support for your nominee from colleagues, family and/or students.
  • Submit the nomination form and three (3) letters to Jennie Hueber,

Education Center, by Friday, February 23, 2018 at 5:00pm.

Wirtz nomination form 2017-2018 

The Wirtz Committee will review all nominees and notify you if your nominee is selected the week of March 19th


Winning Nominee

  • You and your school principal will arrange for a surprise announcement for your nominee the week of April 9th. Contact Sheryl Nak,, with your plans so a committee representative can be present.
  • The Wirtz Award plaque and honorarium will be presented to the nominee at the May 1st school board meeting.

On behalf of the Wirtz Committee, thank you!

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