The Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) raises and grants funds for programs that enhance and enrich the educational experience of Naperville School District 203 students.
With the generous support of foundations, businesses, educational professionals and individual donors, NEF is able to provide financial resources that increase learning opportunities by supplementing school district budgets. NEF encourages creativity, innovation and excellence in our students by helping to insure that every student in the district can take advantage of opportunities to make the most of their education.
Grants, Scholarships and Endowments
Kid Booster Anonymous Fund
Study Skills Academy
Start The Day Program (formerly Breakfast Program)
Gift of Appreciation
Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund
Cents for Kids
Parent Registration Checkoff
Founders Classic Golf Outing
Annual Appreciation Breakfast
Building a Passion Breakfast
Yuks for Youth
Naperville Marathon
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NEF's Kid Booster is an emergency fund for the most dire issues that keep a child from learning effectively. 
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NEF helps fund inspirational enrichment programs or expand existing programs created by 203 teachers, parents and students. Each year, 30-50 grants are awarded in the categories of Literacy, Math/Science, Fine Arts, Health/Physical Education and Cultural Studies. 
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NEF helped create and fund Study Skills Academies in each of the Naperville School District 203 schools.The Academies give students a boost with homework, additional learning strategies and time from a skilled educator. The Study Skills Academies have been credited with helping raise standardized test scores in the District. 
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NEF provides a conduit for individuals or their families to fund and administer endowment or memorial funds from personal gifts or community contributions. These restricted funds are used to support specific grants or provide students scholarships or awards based on the wishes of the contributors. 
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How NEF Helps Students
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203 W. Hillside Road, Naperville, IL 60540-6589
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Save the dates for these upcoming NEF events:
Building a Passion Breakfast
May 7, 2015
Founders Classic Golf Outing
July 13, 2015
Naperville Marathons
November 8, 2015

Please join us for our
22nd Annual Spring Breakfast
Building a Passion for Literacy
celebrating NEF funded programs
and their direct influence on
the students, teachers and parents
of Naperville School District 203.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Lane Smith
Courtesy of Andersonís Bookshop

• Four-time recipient of the New York Times Best Illustrated Award and two-time Caldecott Honor Artist.

• Author of multiple bestselling, groundbreaking picture books, including Itís a Book andGrandpa Green.

• Return to Augie Hobble is his debut novel which goes on sale May 5th.
NEF Annual Grant WOW Awards

The Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) surprised teachers and students throughout the District with a WOW Award!

Six NEF WOW Awards are being given this year to celebrate reaching the $1 million mark in grant funding since the NEF Annual Grant Program began in 1993. New this year, one winning grant application in each of the six grant categories that was, in some way, "stellar" received the NEF WOW Award.

2015 WOW Award recipients:
• Mark Rowzee, Naperville North High School, STEM for All
• Amber Mraz, Naperville North High School, Community School of Music
• Judy Thalmann and Connie Cremins, Ann Reid Early Childhood Center, We are the World
• Dave Cleveland, Elmwood Elementary School, Student Lap Tracker
• Tracy Richards, Madison Jr. High, Readers Are Leaders
• Anne Neal and Anthony Miser, Naperville Central High School, Redhawk Runway

For more information regarding NEF Annual Grants, click here.


Daily Herald

Naperville Sun/Chicago Tribune
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Members of the Naperville Education Foundation with David Cleveland and Kathleen Mueller of the Elmwood Running Club after surprising them with a WOW Award at Elmwood Elementary School in Naperville.
(Mike Mantucca for the Naperville Sun)