Paying it Forward

Homer 33C students and staff are globally aware of the challenges and struggles faced by many across the country. They’re also generous of heart. Every year, they routinely:

  • Raise money for medical research
  • Collect school supplies for children who can’t afford their own
  • Raise money for local food pantries
  • Collect toys for children who are too sick to come home from the hospital during the holidays

The American Heart Association has benefitted greatly from the generous nature of our students and staff. Since 2006, our students and staff have raised a staggering $250,213.75 for the American Heart Association, supporting its effort to reduce death caused by heart disease and stroke. The monies were raised through T-shirt sales and Jump Rope for Heart activities at the schools.

Examples of Fundraising Activities:


$1,795 -- Lockport/Homer FISH Food Pantry (Goodings Grove Pumpkin Wars)

$4,200 -- TLC Animal Shelter, Shady Oaks Camp and Kidz Play (Butler Charity Committee)

$15,000 - Children with different abilities (Young School, in conjunction with Kenwood Liquors)

$21,813.51 - American Heart Association (Schilling School Jump Rope for Heart)

$533.00 - Make-A-Wish Foundation (Hadley Middle School)

$15,266.24 - American Heart Association (Goodings Grove Jump Rope for Heart)

$467.00 -- Brookfield Zoo “Share the Care” (Hadley Middle School)

$8,719 - American Heart Association (Butler School Jump Rope for Heart)

$3,000 - United Way (Hadley Middle School)

$18,286 - American Heart Association (Young School Jump Rope for Heart)

$8,520.65 - Special Olympics Illinois (Homer Junior High Subzero Heroes)

$3,051 - American Heart Association (Hadley Jump Rope for Heart)

Some donations have no monetary value. They include:

  • Toys for children at Comer Children’s Hospital (Homer Junior High Honor Club)
  • School supplies for neighboring Taft School District 90, which is experiencing financial difficulty (Butler School)
  • Letter writing campaigns to servicemen and women (All Schools)
  • Toiletries and non-perishable treats for servicemen and women (All Schools)
  • Fresh vegetables from the Young Sprouts Grown and Learn Garden to local food pantry and church (Young School)
  • Visits to Victorian Village, a retirement and assisted living facility in Homer Glen (Homer Junior High)
  • Homemade dog biscuits for the local animal shelter (Homer Junior High)
  • Teddy Bear collection for Will County Police (Organized by Hadley)
  • Holiday meals and gifts for families “adopted” by our schools
  • Donated 50 cases of school supplies and created a bilingual website and bilingual learning books for Vilaseca Josephine Center (VJC), a non-profit preschool in Joliet (Hadley Middle School)
  • Sent care packages to students in Africa (Hadley Middle School)
  • Collected money to send two mosquito nets to Africa to protect families from diseases spread by mosquitos (Hadley Middle School)

PTO Assistance

With assistance from the dedicated, hard-working Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs), students and staff routinely raise money for classroom materials, student assemblies, technology, student incentives and awards and playground equipment. Recent examples include:

  • Chromebooks
  • Ipads
  • Display monitors
  • Projectors
  • Climbing Walls
  • GAGA Ball Pit
  • IPEVO Interactive Whiteboard System (The Wand)
  • 21st century furniture
  • 3 in 1 interactive easel
  • Student incentives and awards
  • Character Education
  • Family Reading, Math and Science Nights
  • STEAM Lab materials
  • Instructional items for Music Department and instrument maintenance fees
  • Installation costs for mounting 4 donated SMART televisions
Homer 33C would not be the strong, Future Ready district it is today if it weren’t for support of these dedicated, hard-working parent volunteers. Every year, they raise well over $100,000 to supplement learning materials and to enrich the lives of our students through assemblies and other school activities. So be sure to support your school’s next Monster Dash, Schilling Shuffle, Market Day or We Are Young 5K.