District 181 Summer Camp Expo


  • Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Prospect School, Clarendon Hills

Meet representatives from 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.

Kristen Race

Mindful Parenting -Simple and Powerful Mindfulness Solutions for Raising Creative, Engaged, Happy Kids in Today's Hectic World

  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 7:00pm., The Community House (Register)
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 9:30am., The Community House​ (Register)

Between academic pressures, over-scheduled after-school activities, homework and demanding careers, parents today find it difficult just to get dinner on the table. Dr. Kristen Race, speaks directly to today’s busy families who make up what she calls “Generation Stress” and presents an alternative – a mindful approach. Drawing on the latest research, Dr. Race shows how mindfulness helps us – and our children – feel happier, healthier, calmer, less anxious, less stressed, and more focused This humorous and engaging talk provides simple solutions that move us from simply surviving in our family lives to thriving in our family lives.

Documentary Film with Filmmaker Delaney Ruston

Screenagers - Growing Up in the Digital Age


  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 7:00pm., The Community House 
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 9:30am., The Community House​ 

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Dr. Delaney Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

District 181 Student Art Exhibit

at The Community House


  • Monday, May 1, 2017 through Friday, May 5, 2017
  • Reception for Artists and Families, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 6:30pm

Stop by The Community House  to see student artwork from all District 181 schools.  This art exhibit is created in partnership with The Ly Hotchkin Arts Program at The Community House and the District 181 Art Department.

Young Writers Night​


  • Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • at Hinsdale Middle School
  • Registration Required.  (Register) 

The Foundation is proud to host this evening that celebrates the power of writing and encourages students to share their writing with others, receiving feedback, encouragement and support in their writing. The evening will also include a variety of learning sessions for students and parents. Youth author Chris Rylander will be the keynote speaker.  


This event is open to District 181 3rd - 8th grade students and their families.  Space is limited.  More details

Madeline Levine

Fostering Childhood & Teen Success- Without Compromising Mental Health or Losing the Joy of Learning


  • Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 9:30am., The Community House 
  • Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 7:00pm., The Community House​ 

Clinical psychologist Madeline Levine, Ph.D., the best-selling author of The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well will speak candidly about what she feels are the current hot button topics for parents, schools, and kids. Levine reports that our nation’s ideas of success have led to children and teens who are stressed, anxious, depressed, and exhausted (as are many parents)…Though bucking the trend may be a challenge, parents who want their kids to succeed without compromising their health or losing the joy of learning will be buoyed by Levine’s support, encouragement, and guidance.

2016-17 Events

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We provide funding for the District 181 Family Education Series and also partner with District 86 to bring nationally recognized experts and thought leaders to our K-12 community.

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community speakers

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