The Glencoe Educational Foundation


Funding Cutting-Edge Technologies for District 35 Students


Enriching the Lives of Students From Under-Resourced Areas in Chicago


Glencoe Educational Foundation
What We Do

The Glencoe Educational Foundation (GEF) enriches the lives of children from under-resourced areas in and around Chicagoland, while also funding the gap in the Glencoe school district's budget by providing cutting-edge technologies that enhance the learning experience for our children.

Our Mission
Why We're Here

The Glencoe Educational Foundation (GEF) is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 by parents seeking to enhance the rich tradition of educational excellence in Glencoe School District 35. The GEF sponsors projects that sharpen the classroom experience and funds these projects through a variety of programs and events (such as the Glencoe Grand Prix) that benefit all of Glencoe. The GEF also works with school district officials to teach students the value of giving back not only to their community, but also to those outside of Glencoe that need assistance.

District 35
Who We Support

Glencoe School District 35 is housed in three age-centered facilities: South School, grades K-2, with approximately 450 students; West School, grades 3 and 4, with approximately 300 students; and Central School, grades 5-8, housing approximately 650 students. Glencoe School District’s underlying goal is to prepare students for the next step in their academic lives at New Trier Township High School.

South School

Grades: K - 2nd
Students: ~450

West School

Grades: 3rd - 4th
Students: ~300

Central School

Grades: 5th - 8th
Students: ~650

Sister Schools
Who We Support

Through its Sister School program, The Glencoe Educational Foundation (GEF) enriches the lives of many children from under-resourced areas in Chicago. These sister schools collectively educate over 1500 students in ages from Pre-K through 8th grade and include the Ronald O'Neal Elementary School, the Nicholoson Stem Academy and the Deneen School of Excellence.

Ronald O’Neal Elementary

Grades: K - 6th
Students: ~550

Nicholson STEM Academy

Grades: PK - 8th
Students: ~475

Deneen School of Excellence

Grades: PK - 8th
Students: ~600

GEF Projects & Initiatives

SMART Boards

A key initiative for the GEF has been providing SMART Boards for classrooms across the schools. A SMART Board is a large, high-tech, interactive white board. By using their own hands, students can manipulate the Board like a touch screen.

You will find a SMART Board in all instructional spaces. This includes special education settings and speech & language rooms.

Tap-It Boards

The Tap-It is a high-quality, interactive screen designed to bring learning to all students. It has an interactive display that minimizes barriers and maximizes flexibility for students with special needs. A Tap-It can recognize the difference between an arming resting upon the screen and a finger or assistive device intentionally tapping on an image.

Thanks to the generosity of the Aronson family of Glencoe, we were able to begin, in 2011, the purchase interactive Tap-Its and laptops.

"The Tap-It is an invaluable classroom and teaching tool. It allows students with disabilities access to SMART technology and interactive lessons. My students are engaged, interested and participating so much more than with traditional classroom tools. Thank you GEF for giving my students and me such a wonderful gift!"

Mrs. Maggie Schmieder, ELS teacher at South School

Technology Lab

Central School received a technology lab. Video production and tv station components are used to produce the school’s weekly video announcements. An elective course in video production takes advantage of these tools to create and capture news for the Central School community.

Laptop Computers

Since 2011, GEF has funded more than 80 laptops. Laptop use is a priority for the District. The District encourages the use of technology to focus on academic content, increase instructional collaboration and optimize the learning experience.

There is an ongoing need for laptops. More teachers are requesting them. And soon, we will enter a replacement cycle for those purchased in 2011.

This is a key initiative for GEF.

Camera Equipment

In honor of Jay Mirasol - GEF supporter, avid cyclist and photographer - new video cameras, tripods and memory cards were donated. Jay's love of documenting life will be shared with many students in the district who partake in video production and technology courses.

Photo copyright © 2010 Jay Mirasol

Canadian champion David Veilleux (Kelly Benefit Strategies) wins the AT&T USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships at the Glencoe Grand Prix, Glencoe, IL, Saturday 14 August 2010.

The BRICK Program

Our Way of Showing Indelible Appreciation for Our Donors

Leave your mark. Honor a new or graduating child, a special teacher or a school with a personalized, engraved brick, paver, tree or bench.
Donations directly fund District 35 schools. Download PDF order form.


Your 4" x 8" personalized brick for $100 offers a lasting acknowledgement of a special person or occasion.


Your 8" x 8" paver for $200 allows for greater detail and distinction.


Stand tall with a tree and customized plaque to be installed on District 35 property for $500.


Make a statement with an inscribed bench for $1000 to be installed on District 35 property.

Contribute Today
Help Us Reach Our Goal

Schools prepare students for the real world. Technology is a part of that. But school budgets can't do it all. Your support is needed now.

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Thanks to All Our Supporters

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Glencoe Educational Foundation
P.O. Box 287
Glencoe, IL 60022

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GEF Board

Title First Name Last Name
President GEF & GGP David Metrick
Vice President Lou Rubin
Treasurer Scott Ritchie
Treasurer Eran Klein
Secretary Audrey West
Director of Communications Dara Zweig
Race Director of GGP Matthew Giedt
Media Director of GGP Jon Kerr
Director Catherine Wang
Director Gary Hazan
  Kenneth Ali
  Michael Chiang
  Scott Eisen
  Dan Goldstein
  Mitch Goltz
  Michael Kelber
  Jon Knouse
  Kevin Kustra
  Harry Maisel
  Ben Riefe
  Jason Knauff
  Lauren Rosen
  Kristin Klein