2016 Events

The Foundation reached out to the Winnetka community with two major annual events in early 2016: the Phone-A-Thon and the Carlson Event. The Phone-A-Thon is the Foundation’s major fundraiser, while the Carlson Event offers community members an opportunity to see their donations at work in Winnetka’s public schools.


The WPSF extends its sincere thanks to all who supported the Foundation, and the students and teachers of Winnetka District 36, during the Phone-A-Thon on January 31 and February 1. We are so grateful for your generous support!

  • If you made a pledge and would like to fulfill your donation online, please click here.
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  • If you missed the call, it’s not too late to donate—we welcome your donation and your support! Click here to make an online donation.

We thank the following local businesses and organizations for their support of the Phone-A-Thon and the Winnetka Public Schools Foundation:

The Phone-A-Thon is the Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser. Donations received from the Phone-A-Thon fund innovative pilot programs, extensions to the core curriculum, and other exciting efforts in Winnetka's District 36. Your donations make it possible for Winnetka's students to receive an education that goes above and beyond what is possible through tax dollars alone. Every donation, regardless of size, makes an impact!

carlson event

The annual Carlson Event is an opportunity for community members to see Foundation grants in action. This year’s event was held on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at an elegant private home in Winnetka. District 36 educators showcased how Foundation grants enabled them to create exciting learning opportunities for their students. At the same time, attendees enjoyed conversation, a glass of wine, and delicious hors-d’oeuvres.

Presentations included:

  • LittleBits: Jean Bierner (Science Facilitator at Crow Island School and Hubbard Woods School) demonstrated LittleBits kits that are being used in the three elementary schools, and discussed how these kits support STEAM initiatives in the district. LittleBits are electronic building blocks that snap together, enabling students to invent anything from a remote-controlled car to a smart home device.
  • Decodable Books: Christine Ng (Reading Facilitator at Crow Island School) and Eva Tarini (first grade teacher at Crow Island School) discussed their creation of books for beginning readers to accompany the District 36 first-grade word study curriculum.