Liz McKee Wins the 2016 Wirtz Award

Congratulations to Liz McKee, 7th grade resource teacher at Huntley Middle School, on winning the 2016 Wirtz Award.  Liz was honored at the District 428 Board of Education meeting on May 3, 2016. She is seen here with Jan Nelson (left), a fellow nominee for this year’s Wirtz Award.


Liz was first informed of her award and surprised with a bouquet at Huntley Middle School.

Liz McKee with the bouquet of flowers given to her for winning the 2016 Wirtz Award.

Liz is seen here with all of her nominators.

Liz McKee with her nominators for the Wirtz Award.

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2016 Scholarship applications are now available.

Are you an athlete, soccer player or a musician?
Check out this scholarship which is given to four seniors:
Emmette and Kathleen Land Memorial Scholarship: DEF Land Application 2016
The Christopher E. Anderson Memorial Scholarship is given to a senior: DEF Anderson Application 2016

Are you thinking about becoming an elementary education teacher?
See the Sharon L. Rosenow Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to two students: DEF Rosenow Application 2016

Working toward a four year degree?
The Beatrice M. Stankus Memorial Scholarship and the Keith and Viella Glidden Scholarship are for you:
DEF Stankus Application 2016
DEF Glidden Application 2016

If a two or four year college is in your future plans, the Thomas R. Rauman Memorial Scholarship or Evelyn S. Nelson Scholarship could help out four seniors:
DEF Rauman Application 2016
DEF Nelson Application 2016

Or you could apply for the DHS College Support Scholarship: DHS College Support Scholarship Application 2016DHS College Support Scholarship Application

If you received special education services, the Steven Streb Memorial Scholarship could help you further your studies: DEF Streb Application 2016

Good luck with your future plans!

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Dugan and Henning Receive 2015 Wirtz Award

The DeKalb Education Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Wirtz Award for Excellence in Education:

Cindy Dugan
Guidance Counselor
DeKalb High School

Martha Henning
Special Education Resource Teacher
Littlejohn Elementary School

Wirtz Award winners Cindy Dugan (left) and Martha Henning (right) with DEF Wirtz Selection Committee Chair Carol Naylor (center).
Wirtz Award winners Cindy Dugan (left) and Martha Henning (right) with DEF Wirtz Selection Committee Chair Carol Naylor (center).
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Photos from the Grant Award bus tour October 2014

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Photos from the Grant Award bus tour October 2013

Dr. Briscoe Driving the DEF Award BusDEF outside of the bus

Mr. Neville DHS


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Schnuck’s Food and Beverage Tasting – Tailgating Style

Get ready for tailgate season! 

Please join us Thursday, August 29, 2013, from  5-7 PM

Schnuck’s Grocery
975 S. Annie Glidden Rd
DeKalb, IL 60115

Monetary donations will benefit DEF and donated canned goods will be given to the DeKalb County Food Pantry.


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Comedy Night on Friday April 5th 2013

Mark your calendars to SAVE THE DATE for DeKalb Education Foundation’s annual Comedy Night! On Friday, April 5, ComedySportz will be returning to the Egyptian Theatre for an evening of entertainment, showcasing the improvisational talents of the longest running improv group in Chicago. ComedySportz is known for their ability to engage the audience as they turn improv comedy into a competitive sport by encouraging audience participation. (Think Dr. Briscoe – Comedy Night 2011!)


The schedule for the evening is much the same as past Comedy Nights, however the format will differ slightly this year.  DeKalb Education Foundation (DEF) board members listened to the comments people have made with regard to Comedy Night;  in an effort to allow everyone to focus on the ComedySportz show, we have eliminated the silent and live auctions from this year’s evening.  With that in mind, the schedule is as follows: doors open at 7:00, with seating beginning at 7:30 until the start of the ComedySportz show at 8:00.  To add to everyone’s enjoyment, Fatty’s Pub and Grille will be hosting a cash bar in the theatre lobby beginning at 7:00 and continuing throughout the show.


The success of DEF’s fundraising is due in large part to the success of Comedy Night.  It is through fundraising efforts, such as Comedy Night, that DEF has been able to fund the many worthwhile grant requests that we receive.  We know these grant applications do not magically appear.  They are the result of hours of work by an educator who recognizes an opportunity to improve or enhance the educational experience for their students.


Together, we can have a significant impact on Comedy Night’s success.  We attempt to cover as many bases as possible in promoting Comedy Night through our publicity efforts, however, sometimes word-of-mouth is the most effective means of communication.  Through your interactions with parents and community members, you can help all of us by creating an awareness of the valuable contributions DEF has made to our schools.  And please encourage family members, friends, neighbors – even your students’ parents, to join you in attending a fun evening of entertainment in support of DEF.


Tickets for Comedy Night will be available beginning February 15, and can be purchased through the Egyptian Theatre box office, from any DEF board member, or at the door the night of the performance.  Tickets will be $25, and as an added bonus, any faculty or staff member that makes a payroll contribution to DEF during the month of March will have their name automatically entered into a drawing for 4 free Comedy Night tickets!


We look forward to seeing you on Friday, April 5, for an enjoyable evening of entertainment!  On behalf of the DeKalb Education Foundation, thank you for your continued efforts, your dedication, and your support.




Nancy Schelkopf

DeKalb Education Foundation Board Member

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Thank You to all that Supported or Attended Our Wine Tasting

DEF held a wine tasting at Schnucks on December 6, from 5 until 8PM.  The fundraiser was a wonderful success – not just financially, but also from the exposure we generated for DEF and the fun that everyone had!  It was truly heartwarming to see so many people attend in an effort to make this fundraiser a success.  The atmosphere was festive and the variety of food that Schnucks provided was delicious.  A big thank you goes out to Schnucks and their vendors for providing us this opportunity to raise funds for grants to the schools of District 428.  Also a thank you goes out to Sylvan Learning Center for donating $1 per ticket.

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Wine Tasting on December 6th.

Enjoy the tastes of the holiday season while sipping your favorite wine or perhaps discovering a new favorite.

Schnuck’s will host an evening of meandering through an “Old World Market” with shops, windows, and lit Christmas trees throughout the Produce, Deli, Bakery, and Meat departments. Look through the window of the markets while sampling savory foods including prime rib, salmon, muffins, cheesecakes, tomato basil soup, artisan breads, potato mousse, and other delights.

Your $10 donation to attend will benefit Community School District #428 through grants funded by the DeKalb Education Foundation.

Please join us for a magical evening filled with tasty food, delicious wine, live music, and good company. Don’t forget to invite your family, friends and colleagues for an enjoyable night out!

Bonus! Sylvan Learning Center has generously offered to contribute $1 per person attending!

The DeKalb Education Foundation looks forward to seeing you there

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Thank You

Dear Community Member:


The DeKalb Education Foundation (DEF) is seeking yoursupport in our efforts to enhance and enrich the education of the children in DeKalb School District #428. With your support, we were able to award over $44,000 in grantslast year to support our students in DeKalb, Malta and Cortland. These grants help expand our students’ education through:


  • Activities and Field trips
  • Innovative uses of technology
  • Library and classroom materials
  • Educational Assemblies & speakers
  • Fine Arts experiences
  • Computer software

The DeKalb Education Foundation receives funds through private community supporters such as yourself, as well as the money that is raised at our annual Comedy Night event and other fundraising events held throughout the year.


Please take this opportunity as a community member or business to help our public school system maintain its excellent reputation. Complete the donor  Donation Form and forward it with your fully tax-deductible contribution to the DeKalb Education Foundation, P.O Box 412, 60115. Donations can also be made at our website,


Through education, DEF is providing community members with an opportunity to invest in the future of the students, schools and the community. DEF proves to be a worthy investment with benefits that have the potential to last a lifetime. Thank you in advance for your support.




The DeKalb Education Foundation Board of Directors



P.S. Save the Date for our annual Comedy Night event on Friday, March 8, at the Egyptian Theatre! 

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