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Abundance is such a lush, descriptive word. Abundance is also relative -- and something that can be taken for granted when it's enjoyed.

John is a seventh grader who attends school in District 203, one of many students from a surprising number of homeless Naperville families who are barely making -- and often not making -- ends meet. While some of us are blessed with the ability to pay our rent or mortgage, or stock a full refrigerator and pantry, John and his family aren't familiar with the word "abundance" when it comes to food or shelter -- it's simply something that they have never experienced. What he does have in abundance (along with an estimated over 100 homeless students and over 400 hungry students each day) is a grumbling tummy nearly every day when he arrives at school, and worry over where he will sleep next. He may be cranky and find it hard to focus on schoolwork, or maybe he acts up, but he doesn't know why. As you know, students struggle to achieve in school when they start the day off hungry or when they don't have a place to sleep the night before.

John's school social worker and school nurse, in conjunction with his teacher, help him in many ways and one way is by providing him with a light breakfast funded by NEF's Start the Day Breakfast Program. It stops the grumbling in John's tummy and then he is ready to learn. Another way is by applying for a Kid Booster Anonymous Fund (KBAF) grant. Last night, because of a recent financial hardship for John's family, they were facing a crisis -- eviction from the motel, which has become their home, as they were late in paying rent.

Recognizing the substantial concern for John's well-being, his school social worker sprang into action and made contact with a half dozen social agencies in our area to see if housing assistance was available. Unfortunately, due to the numerous demands of the holiday season, no local agency had the resources to support the family, so his social worker submitted a KBAF application and NEF was able to help.

Did you know that one in six District 203 students come from low-income families? NEF works tirelessly to provide resources for students in our community whose lack in having their basic needs met directly impacts their ability to learn.

Will you help us change lives?

Please visit DONATE NOW to donate online and make a gift today!
Let's fill all tummies in the morning -- and be there for students with nowhere else to turn.
Your generosity is truly appreciated!

Thank you.

2015-16 Annual Grant Applications Now Available!

As the philanthropic arm of District 203, NEF's mission is to "encourage creativity, innovation and excellence in our students" and our purpose is to supplement our school community with private donations to enhance education and programs for all students. One such program, solely funded by community donations, is the Annual Grant Awards.

Grant applications may be initiated by students, faculty, staff, parents and community members for District 203 projects. Applications are then reviewed by evaluation teams made up of NEF Trustees, District 203 faculty, staff and administration, community members and District retirees. NEF supports projects that correlate to District 203 curriculum including but not limited to the following six areas: Literacy, Math/Science, Fine Arts, Health/Physical Development, Cultural Studies and General.

This year we surpassed the $1 million milestone in funding since 1993 through our Annual Grant Award program.

NEF Annual Grant Award Applications will be accepted from
January 1, 2016 until February 1, 2016 by 4:00 pm.

Applications should be submitted electronically to NEF at

Award decisions will be announced in April

Click here to download Grant Application & Instructions
(for use in Word)

Click here for a .pdf version for reference

The Naperville Education Foundation wishes you a peaceful and joyous holiday season.

Thank you for your dedication to
and support of our students!

"Hooking Up With The Second City"
is coming to town on
Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm!

Get Your Tickets NOW!

Mark your calendar for Naperville Education Foundation's winter fundraising event "Yuks for Youth!"

Tickets are $55.00 each -- and we can seat a group together if you'd like.

Don't miss The Second City in the suburbs, because they know a few things about love -- they've been looking at and laughing about relationships for over 55 years. "Hooking Up With The Second City" makes mirth out of missed connections, girls' night out adventures and all the crazy things we do for love. This gaspingly funny revue is a modern mix of romance, rancor and everything in between.

The performance will include a select group of District 203 high school students who will be chosen to take part in a private workshop with The Second City cast on the afternoon of the performance and will participate in the end of the actual show.

Click here to get your tickets now!

You don't want to miss laughing out loud
for a great cause!!

Thanks for your valued support!

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Save the dates
for these upcoming NEF events:

Yuks for Youth:
Hooking Up With The Second City

January 23, 2016

Building a Passion Breakfast
May 5, 2016

Founders Classic
July 11, 2016

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 the school district's budget. NEF encourages creativity, innovation and excellence in our students by helping to insure that every student can take advantage of opportunities to make the most of their education.

If you would like to donate online please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Ann E. Spehar,
Executive Director, at (630) 420-3086 or

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