District 181 Foundation Special Webinar - An Interview with NASA Rocket Scientist Dr. David Ellis

Ever wonder what it would be like to be an astronaut or work for NASA? Do you have questions about how spaceships work?  Do you know what every day items exist because of NASA research? Join us as students from CHMS and HMS interview NASA rocket scientist Dr. David Ellis. Can't join the live program? Register and a link to the recording will be sent to you.

Community Speaker Series Webinar

Jessica Lahey - The Addiction Inoculation

Jessica Lahey helps parents and educators understand the roots of substance abuse and identify who is most at risk for addiction, offering practical steps for prevention. All children, regardless of their genetics, are at some risk for substance abuse. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, teen drug addiction is the nation’s largest preventable and costly health problem. In this program, she provides evidence-based strategies and practical tools adults need to understand, support, and educate resilient, addiction-resistant children

Resources:  Program Bibliography, Addiction Inoculation Book Discussion Guide, Gift of Failure Book Discussion Guide

D181 Virtual Student Art Exhibit

  • May 2022.
  • 162 K-8 student artists representing all District 181 schools are featured in this video presentation, with a soundtrack provided by the HMS and CHMS Jazz Ensembles. We hope you enjoy these creative, thoughtful, fun, and challenging pieces.  View the Virtual Art Show.

Community Speaker Series Webinar - ​Ron Lieber

The Price You Pay for College

How to Talk to Your Kids About Money 

Ron Lieber will be offering two different programs. The Price You Pay for College provides an entirely new road map for the biggest financial decision most families will ever make. In all his years of writing about money, he has come across no consumer decision that inspires more confusion and emotion than the question of what to pay for college. In his second program, he discusses how, when and why to talk to kids about money, whether they are 3 years old or teenagers. Grounded in real-world experience and stories from families with a range of incomes, the program offers practical tips for helping your children understand the value of money and suggests a values-based philosophy for discussing it.

District 181 Summer Camp Expo

Learn about  a variety of organizations providing summer activities for students.  Sports, Arts, Academic Enrichment and Support, Day Camps, Overnight Camps, Park District Programming- there's something for everyone. This event is free and open to the entire community.  

Young Writers Special Webinar - An Interview with Author Dusti Bowling

  • ​Tuesday, March 15, 2022 7pm (Register)

Join us for a special webinar with award-winning author Dusti Bowling as she discusses her life, writing career and books. She will be interviewed by a panel of HMS and CHMS students and answer additional questions from the audience. Can't join the live program? Register and a link to the recording will be sent to you.

Young Writers Special Webinar - An Interview with Graphic Novelist Gale Galligan

  • ​Tuesday, April 12, 2022 7pm (Register)
Gale Galligan is a New York Times bestselling cartoonist and shrimp chip enthusiast. They’re known for their four BABY-SITTERS CLUB graphic novel adaptations. Join us as Gale discusses her life, career and books with a panel of CHMS and HMS students. Can't join us for the live webinar? Register and a recording will be sent to you.

Young Writers Program 2021

  • Young Writers 2022 - Anything is Possible. All 3rd -8th Grade D181 students are invited to participate in a writing project that will culminate in the publishing of a hardcover book titled "Anything is Possible."  Learn More
  • Registration is closed. Questions? Contact mcooper@d181foundation.org

Community Speaker Series Webinar

Jamil Zaki

The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World

  • Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 7:00pm
  • Registration Required. Register here. Can't attend the live program? Please register and a link to the recording will be sent to you.

Jamil Zaki weaves together the latest science with engaging real-world stories, offering us a revolutionary perspective on empathy and how to develop it as a skill. He shows that kindness is not a sign of weakness but a source of strength. With warmth, wit, and straightforward exercises that can be swiftly implemented, Zaki shows audiences of all ages how to change their professional, student, creative, and personal relationships for the better.

2021-2022 Events


We organize and host events for District 181 families to enrich our students' educational experience. 


The District 181 Foundation promotes community-wide learning through special speakers, performers, and programs that are available to everyone.