District 206 Education Foundation




GIVING TUESDAY is fast approaching on December 1, 2020.  The Education Foundation is excited to again participate in this worldwide event providing a chance to give back to Bloom and Bloom Trail High Schools.


Like many across the country, Bloom and Bloom Trail students and teachers have been impacted by the Covid-pandemic.  Our students continue to adjust to new challenges with online learning, and our District has worked hard to provide computer technology and online access to assist our students during these difficult times.  The Foundation has also been impacted by the Covid-pandemic.  State restrictions required our golf outing, our main annual fundraising event, to be significantly scaled-back.  We are hopeful you can help in this next fundraising effort for the District’s students.   

The Foundation needs your help to raise $15,000 to directly fund these projects:

  • Robotics Program – this recently formed club has achieved great success in a short time by placing 3rd out of 20+ teams in its first competition and advancing to the state tournament last year. With remote learning still in place due to the Covid-pandemic, additional robot kits are needed for our robotic club students to advance their skills in constructing individual robots at home.
  • Environmental Science Project – supporting the expansion of aquatic spaces, purchase of Vernier probes for lab experiments and groundwater exploration kits.
  • SD 206 Band/Choir Project – the band and choir have continued to experience explosive growth over the last few years, nearly doubling in size to over 200 students! Unfortunately, the band’s Disney World trip was cancelled due to the pandemic.  The band and choir continue to practice virtually.  The Foundation has purchased several new instruments for the band and due to the program growth, additional instruments and uniforms are still needed for these expanding groups.
  • Music Technology Project for establishing a phase 1 piano keyboard class.
  • Fine Arts Week 2021, which exposes our students to various performances and workshops with different professional artists including singers, dancers, poets, acrylic portrait artists and graphic modelers.
  • Covid-related Athletic Equipment Project – the pandemic has presented unique challenges to our athletic program as this spring, safety protocols will prohibit the sharing of certain equipment such as helmets and fielding gloves. Funds are needed to purchase significant amounts of new equipment for our students to safely participate in sports.  In addition, soccer seasons have been moved to late winter/early spring requiring the purchase of new cold-weather uniforms and gear. 
  • Crane-Scheidler Family Scholarship that provides a college scholarship to a graduating senior in memory of Thelma Werner Crane ’37.
  • Shirley Kline Teacher Appreciation Award endowed by the Kline Family to provide grants in recognition of our district’s outstanding teachers.


A group of generous alumni donors has agreed to match the first $7,500 raised! Please consider a donation to these worthy projects. Click on the link below to make a donation online.



The Foundation is a volunteer organization comprised of alumni, administrators, teachers and friends that work together to raise funds to enhance the educational program at Bloom and Bloom Trail High Schools.  The Foundation was formed in 1992 amid a serious budget crisis for the District.  The Foundation was instrumental in saving several programs and extra-curricular activities at our schools.  Since its inception, the Foundation has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars that have funded various classroom projects and other student initiatives.


Please also mark your calendars for the 30th Annual William McCormick Memorial Golf Outing.  The tentative date is set for Friday, June 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. 


We greatly appreciate all of your direct support of Bloom and Bloom Trail students and faculty!


With gratitude,


School District 206 Education Foundation

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Education, Business and Community Working Together to Serve Bloom and Bloom Trail High Schools


Our Mission

It shall be the mission of the School District 206 Education Foundation, (“Foundation”),  to acquire and distribute financial and other resources to Bloom Township High School District 206. The resources shall be used for programs and projects which enhance or supplement Bloom Township High School District 206 (BTHS 206) educational programs and provide enrichment opportunities for learners.

Our Goal
The Foundation has made a commitment to help provide students with educational opportunities above and beyond those that can be funded with tax revenues. Working together with supporters who value excellence in education, we can make a difference in the lives of our students.

What does the Foundation do?
The not-for-profit School District 206 Foundation was established to develop financial support for special activities that enrich and expand our students’ educational experiences. The Foundation goal is to offer students opportunities beyond those funded by BTHS District 206.Private and business support from the community creates a partnership with education that leads to success in enriching young lives.  What will your gift support?
The types of educational activities the Foundation will support include:
  • Mini-grants for creative, innovative study
  • Multicultural and motivational programs
  • New technology projects
  • Guest speakers
  • Projects to encourage excellence
    Who makes funding decisions?
    The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees composed of community representatives. The trustees are responsible for determining which projects will receive funding.  How can you help?
    A contribution to the School District 206 Education Foundation is a gift to enrich learning and an investment in an enhanced educational program for our students.  The following are Foundation contribution categories:
    Benefactor $1,000 or more
    Founding Donor $500 – $999
    Patron Donor $250 – $499
    Contributing Donor $100 – $249
    Friend of Foundation $25 – $99
    Contributions can be taken online through the “Donate Now” section of our website, or sent  and made payable to the “School District 206 Education Foundation,” 100 West 10th Street, Chicago Heights, IL 60411. The Foundation is incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization.

Contact Us:

School District 206 Education Foundation
100 West 10th Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Phone: (708) 755-7010
Fax: (708) 755-6859
Via Email:  [email protected]