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.  


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.  

Community Speaker Series Webinar

Jessica Lahey - The Addiction Innoculation

  •  Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 7Pm - 8:30pm (Registration opens in March)

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

D181 Student Art Exhibit

  • Look for more information about the 2022 Art Show in the spring.
  • In 2021. 63 student artists from Hinsdale Middle School and Clarendon Hills Middle School are featured in this video presentation, with a sound track 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

  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 7:00pm - 8:30pm (Registration opens in December)

How to Talk to Your Kids About Money

  • Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 9:30am – 11:00am (Registration opens in December)

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.

Young Writers Program 2021

  • Plans for this year's Young Writers Program are in the works!  Check back later for more details about the 2022 Young Writer Project]
  • Registration will open in January, 2022

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