"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 $500,000 in grants to District 200 teachers for innovative projects and activities.



New This Year for our return to Woodstock!
We'll be having the John Ballantyne's Crazy Heart Band playing starting at 9:15.

New Live Auction Item this year!
Custom Carved Woodstock Groundhog. Carving will be done on February 2nd on the Woodstock Square at the annual Groundhog Days Event by carver Mike Bihlmaier.
Donation from Mike Bihlmaier, Other World Computing and Bull Valley Hardwood


2018 Annual Groundhog Dinner / Auction

Event Date: February 10, 2018

New Location - Woodstock Harley Davidson

The D200 Education Foundation Groundhog Dinner/Auction will be at an exciting new location this year! Woodstock Harley Davidson has generously offered their facility to the Education Foundation. Join us for an evening of great BBQ, live & silent auctions, Harley motorcycles and more. Monies raised at this event go to support D200 staff & teachers through impact grants awarded each year.

How you can help:

  • Donate an item for our silent or live auctions by contacting one of our board members.
  • Volunteer at the event (setup, take down and miscellaneous responsibilities) by signing up on our online form
    Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com
    or contacting one of our board members
  • Place an advertisement in the event program:
    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 2018 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
    Click here for our Sponsorship Form

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Would you help us share our event at your business? Contact Billie Cornell at 815-354-6719 for this years poster or click here to print one out yourself. Place on your bulletin board or in a window at your place of business to help spread the news about our upcoming event.

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The Sue​ ​Palmore​ ​Award​ ​of​ ​Excellence​ honors an individual for his/her commitment and contributions to excellence in education in Woodstock Community Unit School District 200.

The District 200 Education Foundation is proud to announce that the recipient of the 2018 Sue Palmore Award of Excellence is Ron Bendis. Read more.......

The Sue​ ​Palmore​ ​Award​ ​of​ ​Excellence​ will be presented to the recipient at the D200 Education Foundation’s Groundhog Day Dinner & Auction on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Woodstock Harley Davidson.

Please feel welcome to contact Billie Cornell with any questions you may have about the Foundation or to offer your support. Billie can be reached at president@d200edfoundation.org or 815-354-6719.

2017 - 2018 Impact Grant Applications have been awarded. Check out this years recipients: Impact Grants

$31,013.21 in grants were awarded at the Setpember 18, 2017 board meeting for the 2017 - 2018 school year.

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.