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.
NEF's Kid Booster is an emergency fund for the most dire issues that keep a child from learning effectively.
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.
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.
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.
How NEF Helps Students
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203 W. Hillside Road, Naperville, IL 60540-6589
New NEF Annual Grant Stories!
Save the dates for these upcoming NEF events:
Building a Passion Breakfast
May 7, 2015
Founders Classic Golf Outing
July 13, 2015
TEAM NEF at
November 8, 2015
Please join us for our
22nd Annual Spring Breakfast
Building a Passion for Literacy
celebrating NEF funded programs
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
• 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
• 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
Richards, Madison Jr. High, Readers Are Leaders
• Anne Neal and Anthony Miser, Naperville Central High School, Redhawk Runway
more information regarding NEF Annual Grants, click here
SEE NEF WOW AWARDS IN THE NEWS:
Naperville Sun/Chicago Tribune
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)