One of the greatest gifts we can give today’s children is a strong education that will help ensure they have the tools to succeed as adults. In Woodstock we are fortunate to have a public school district that cares deeply about providing children with a vibrant learning environment both today and in the future.
The District 200 Education Foundation was begun in 1993 with the mission to enhance the educational opportunities for D200 students through financial support for teacher and staff projects. With this mission in mind, in the past 25 years the Foundation has awarded over $610,000 in impact grants to support enrichment activities and classroom tools which otherwise may not have been possible.
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 25 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 support D200 staff and programs through D200 Education Foundation Impact Grants that allow for expanded programming and enhanced educational experiences for district students.