District 181 Summer Camp Expo

  • Date Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
  • 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.
    Exhibitor List from 2017

District 181 Student Art Exhibit

at The Community House

  • Date Monday April 30, 2018 through Friday May 4, 2018
  • Reception for Artists and Families, Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 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.

Michael Bradley
Crazy Stressed:  Saving Today's Overwhelmed Children

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:00pm., The Community House (Register)
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 9:30am., The Community House​ (Register)

Peel back the cheerful facade that many parents present, and you'll find that many are worried about their children. New research tells us: our kids are not all right. Too many are struggling with excessive academic loads, extracurricular demands, sleep deprivation, and 24/7 connectivity, causing epidemic rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide. While teen brains are hardwired for risk-taking and overactive emotions, their coping abilities are at all time lows. Dr. Michael Bradley first explains what's driving today's adolescent anxiety, depression, and negative behaviors and what the latest brain development research is telling us. Then with proven strategies from his three decades of practice and his own years as a father, Dr. Bradley provides practical advice on how to connect with your children to build their life-saving resiliency and what to do when you're facing a major mental health issue.  Program Book

Raising Healthy Teens in a Digital Age:  Drug Abuse Prevention
Presented by  Robert Crown Center for Health Education

  • Monday March 12, 2018, 7pm at CHMS MRC (Register)
  • Tuesday March 13, 9:30am at The Community House (Register)

The District 181 Foundation is proud to partner with the Robert Crown Center to provide this program for parents about teenage drug abuse prevention.  The program will describe what youth are seeing in regard to drug use, provide understanding of youth development and decision making, and share tools and strategies to support conversations about drug use, and identify drug abuse prevention resources.

Dr. Michael Thompson

The Nature of Boys

  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 7:00pm., The Community House (Register)
  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 9:30am., The Community House​ (Register)

Parents of boys often find themselves bewildered or frustrated by certain aspects of boy development: their little-boy anger, their inattentiveness in elementary school, their lack of motivation in middle school or their reluctance to talk to their parents during the high school years. In this funny and reassuring talk, Dr. Thompson addresses the greatest worries that parents of boys have from infancy through high school, distinguishing between what is normal boy development and those behaviors that are worrisome.

District 181 Foundation Recognition Reception

  • Date Monday May 21, 2018 at 6:00pm
  • Location:  Clarendon Hills Middle School

Reception to honor the 2017-18 Foundation donors and grant recipients and the District 181 World Changer Award winners.

Raising Healthy Teens in a Digital Age:  Sex Ed

Presented by  Robert Crown Center for Health Education

  • Monday April 9, 2018, 7pm at CHMS MRC (Register)
  • Tuesday April 10, 9:30am at The Community House (Register)

The District 181 Foundation is proud to partner with the Robert Crown Center to provide this program for parents about teenage sexuality.  The program will describe the trends and stresses in the lives of today's teens, provide understanding of youth development and decision making and share tools and strategies to support conversations about sex. 

Devorah Heitner

Screenwise:  Helping Kids Thrive and Survive in Their Digital World

  • Thursday, January, 18 2018 - 7:00pm., Madison School  (Register)

Parents today worry that kids are addicted, detached or distracted because of digital devices. According to Dr. Devorah Heitner, our concern should go far beyond what kids are doing today. Elementary school parents are trying to figure out the role of tech in their child’s life, how to deal with inappropriate content, and what to do when other parents have different rules. Drawing from Screenwise, her popular guidebook for parents and from the latest research, Dr. Heitner provides gems of guidance to help parents become confident digital media mentors. You’ll learn what it is like for children to grow up in a world where school experiences, family life and friendships are all shaped by digital connection—and how you can share your own lifetime of social wisdom to mentor children to become the best people that they can be.

Opioid Epidemic Presentation

Featuring Tim Ryan, From Dope to Hope; Robert Berlin, Dupage County State's Attorney; Dr. Richard Jorgensen, DuPage County Coroner's Office; Matthew Quinn, Rosecrance Treatment Center Clinician

  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm., at CHMS (No registration required.)

This event provides information on the opioid epidemic in DuPage County, including signs and symptoms of addiction, early intervention and prevention strategies, current local statistics, and what is being done to address this epidemic. Middle school students are invited to attend with their parents, however, the event is not recommended for grade school students.This event is being sponsored by the CHMS and HMS PTOs and the D181 Foundation.

Young Writers Night​

  • Thursday, February 22, 2018, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • at Hinsdale Middle School
  • Registration Required.  Registration Opens January 12, 2018

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 keynote speaker, learning sessions for students and parents, student writer groups and an open mike coffee house. 

              Student Writer Breakout Assignments          Learning Session Descriptions          Program Book

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

Jessica Lahey

The Gift of Failure:  How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:00pm., The Community House (Register)
  • Friday, November 17, 2017 - 9:30am., The Community House​ (Register)

What if the best way to motivate your kids and build their resilience was to take a step back and let them fail? Research has shown that a key to developing resilience in our children & students is intrinsic motivation, or that which comes from within. Speaker Jessica Lahey will summarize this current research and offer practical advice for fostering intrinsic motivation and weaning kids off of extrinsic motivators such as short-term rewards, bribes, and yes, even grades, giving them space to fail with the support and encouragement that they need to succeed.

2017-18 Events


We organize and host events for District 181 families to enrich our students' educational experience. We also partner with District 86 and District 181 to present the Community Speaker Series. 

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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.