Fifteen years ago, 11 community members from Lake Forest and Lake Bluff came together to provide the catalyst for what would become the Lake Forest High School Foundation (LFHSF)—an organization that aims to advance the education for all local students by helping create a more thoughtful and exciting environment for learning.
On April 19, the foundation will host its “Planting a Foundation for Education” luncheon at Exmoor Country Club to raise funds for grants that positively impact students in District 115.
“The foundation builds opportunity for everyone at Lake Forest High School,” says Jenny Zinser, vice president of grants for the LFHSF board. “We award our own grants while also partnering with other organizations like Boosters, Applause, PALS, and LFLB-LDA. The new Maker Space for STEM grant is a great example of how the foundation can partner with District 115. By funding half of the initiative, the foundation made it possible for the district to supply cutting-edge technology and collaborative furnishings for students to explore, create, build, test, revise, and learn without parameters.”
LFHSF also bridges the gap between tax dollars received and the cost of providing a high-quality education that rivals the best schools in the nation.
“Our students are given the opportunities to learn in modern spaces, with advanced technology, to ensure they are as prepared as they can be when they leave Lake Forest High School,” explains Michelle Glyman, vice president of special events for the foundation.
Since its inception, LFHSF has awarded nearly $1.7 million through the 220 grants they have fulfilled. Foundation leaders also believe it can help enrich the lives of District 115’s students by educating their parents— recently sponsoring “Executive Functioning and the Teenage Mind,” which featured a speaker from Rush University Medical Center. More than 100 people came for a standing-room only presentation.
In addition to financial support, the community can amplify the work of the LFHSF by volunteering time.
“We need locals to donate their life experience to the high school’s business Incubator as coaches or mentors in the program,” Glyman adds, referring to a favorite offering at the high school that is largely funded by a Foundation grant. “The students can gain so much from the practical business experience that so many of us have to share.”
The community is invited to attend the “Planting a Foundation for Education” luncheon at Exmoor Country Club, beginning at 11 a.m. Co-chaired by Christiana Walsh and Kathy Beck, the board will use the event as a platform to promote grant awareness, demonstrating how donating to the foundation translates into greater success for Lake Forest High School.
To learn more about the Lake Forest High School Foundation, visit lfhsfoundation.org.