The impact of recent funding in the District 58 community
Expanded innovative instructional opportunities through individual classroom teacher grants
Funded school-wide student experiences and activities through “Reaching New Heights” Principal grant program
Provided support for the District 58 PTA Council’s annual young Authors and Writers Fest
Donated to honor outstanding District 58 staff members through the Green Apple Recognition program
Dates and Events
2023 Harlem Wizards Basketball Showcase a Success!
On Sunday, January 15, 2023 the stands of Downers Grove South High School overflowed with die-hard basketball fans eager to witness the beloved Harlem Wizards! Nearly two thousand spectators were present to witness the professional basketball players compete against District 58's home team, nicknamed the "Grovetrotters", which was comprised of teachers, principals and representatives from many elementary schools.
The Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58 hosted an exciting fundraiser game, using the proceeds to support the important work of District 58 programming and events. As the Wizards played throughout the night, they thrilled fans with their awe-inspiring basketball performances. Whenever the Wizards reached their end of the court, they wowed everyone with their amazing passing and gave our Grovetrotters a chance to show off their defense.
At Halftime, young fans flooded the court, waiting in long lines for their favorite Wizard to sign a water bottle, poster or basketball. Kids spent the entire break meeting their favorite players and even shooting a few hoops on the court!
According to Event Chair and Foundation Board Officer, Mia Churma, "The proceeds from the Harlem Wizards game will finance and support initiatives like District 58 Teachers Grants, Reading Games, Distinguished Service Awards and Select 58 awards for 8th grade students at O'Neill Middle School & Herrick Middle School in the spring."
The District 58 Reading Games are BACK!
The Reading Games will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at O’Neill Middle School. This event is a free and fun reading competition for District 58 students in grades 3–8. The mission of the Reading Games is to encourage reading in Grades 3–8, expose kids to different genres, series, authors, and topics, as well as foster teamwork and responsibility. All this occurs as teams of 5–8 kids led by a parent or other volunteer community member prepare for a fun competitive day of book trivia!