President’s Message



Dear Students, Parents, Staff, and Alums of Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools, and Members of the District 113 Community,

Welcome Back!

On behalf of the District 113 Education Foundation, welcome back to another school year!  We are gearing up for a new grant year and applications will be due in late October.  Thanks to all members of the community who supported the Foundation this year through purchase of Broadway in Chicago tickets to Waitress and Dear Evan Hansen, donations to the Honor an Educator program, attendance at our Pizza Bowl and donations to our annual campaign.  Without your incredible support, grants would not be possible.  Thanks also to our volunteer board and a warm welcome to new board members and liaisons: DHS student Wyatt Browdy, HPHS students Elena Gross and Josh Hollander, HPHS teacher Lisa Berghoff, Interim Superintendents Drs. Martindale and Yonke, and District 113 Board member Stacey Meyer.  Welcome to our first Executive Director, Leslie Rubin!

2018 Grants

Last year the Foundation awarded over $40,000 in grants to 17 recipients spanning departments and areas including the performing arts, STEAM (Science Technology Engineering, Arts and Math), humanities, language arts, social emotional wellness, leadership and diversity. Our 2018 Signature grant provided the funding to bring a FUSE lab for Deerfield High School just as we funded one last year at Highland Park High School.   In partnership with Northwestern University, the FUSE Lab provides hands on, self-directed projects to hundreds of students wishing to explore STEAM, both as a way to bring excitement to their own learning and as a possible career path. Congratulations to HPHS teachers Brian Scane and Jeremy Runyan, the inaugural recipients of the Linda Gordon STEM Innovation Grant in memory of HPHS Math teacher, Mrs. Linda Gordon.  Click on the 2018 Grant recipients tab to view all of the 2018 awards.

Save the Date for Pizza Bowl!!

Our 2019 Pizza Bowl and Bakers Cup will be held on Sunday, January 27th, at Deerfield High School. Mark your calendars and save the date for an amazing time tasting the best pizza and baked goods in the District.

Honor an Educator

Let the staff know when they have made a difference. Support the Foundation and the innovative opportunities provided for students by acknowledging a staff member who positively impacted your child’s high school experience through our Honor an Educator program. Click on the Honor an Educator link and the staff member will receive a personalized note expressing your appreciation.

Get Involved!

Looking for a great way to get involved? Consider joining the Foundation Board. Contact any member of the Board to learn more about ways to make a positive difference for all the members of our high school communities.

Thank you for your support of innovation at our schools!


Barbara Sereda and Susie Wexler

District 113 Education Foundation