New Mission Statement for Foundation


2024 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to this year's recipients of the D128 Foundation for Learning Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to D128 seniors who live the DARING mission.  Each recipient receives $500. Best wishes to all in your future endeavors!

Scholarship Winners 2024

2023-2024 DARING Innovation Grant Winners

The District 128 Foundation for Learning continued its mission to enhance and enrich learning in Community High School District 128 by awarding 16 DARING Innovation Grants totaling $31,781.87 to Libertyville High School, Vernon Hills High School and Transition Pathways teachers and District Office staff. The 2023-2024 grant winners were announced in April 2024. This year's grants brought the number of grants awarded by the Foundation since 2008 to 208 and the total dollars funded to $337,296.97. The Foundation has also funded $128,600 for project funding to LHS and VHHS. Total funding for Innovation Grants and Projects is $465,896.97. 

In addition to funding DARING Innovation Grants and Projects, the Foundation has funded $119,816.15 for the Students In Need project since 2015. To date, the Foundation has given LHS and VHHS $608,712.22 in funding for the initiatives listed above.

The 2023-2024 DARING Innovation Grants Winners

Pictured top row: Meghan Ahern, Ashley Antony, Rebecca Austin, Michelle Bastiani, Yon Choi, Alyssa Clarke, Nicole Collins, Justina Doll, Amy Elliott

Pictured 2nd row: Elissa Gong, Alicia Harris, Neal Hausmann, Erin Jaffe, Kim Jansen, Jennifer Kahn, Paul Karnstedt, Karen Kym, Alice Leafblad

Pictured 3rd row: Adam Lueken, Jenna Manz, Wendy Meister-Louria, Brian Miller, Simone Oslage, Rebecca Pike de Oliveria, Danielle Rogner, Jason Rush, Jan Sancho

Pictured bottom row: Marci Simmons, Julie Smith, Benjamin Stepen, Mary Todoric, Kaydee Wasserman, Kimberly Weinberg, Shawn Woodie, Sara Zaher

Weekend of Giving 2024, 1/26 - 1/29

The D128 Foundation for Learning held its 5th Annual 1-28 Weekend of Giving campaign Jan. 26-29, 2024. All funds raised will go towards fostering innovation in our classrooms and assisting students in need. 

Since 2007, the Foundation has awarded 192 grants with a total funding for grants and projects of $434,125. The Students In Need fund, created in 2014, has provided $119,816 to VHHS and LHS students who are in difficult financial circumstances to meet their basic needs in order to be able to focus on learning. 

Donations are still be accepted. Visit this link to donate now.

Thank you graphic for D128 Day of Giving January 2024



Thank you for your support of the BIG EVENT 2023   


Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Totally '80s Big Event. We LOVED seeing all the '80s spirit! Your efforts helped us raise a net profit of $37,337, a 17% increase from last year, to support our students in need and innovation in at Libertyville High School, Vernon Hills High School and Transition Pathways.

Stay in Touch! Follow us on Facebook to see updates on how D128 Foundation is using your generous donations at @D128Foundation.

Finally, we'd like to share this video as a reminder of how your donations will help our students.

Thank you again for your generosity!

With Gratitude,

Your Friends at D128 Foundation for Learning

2023 Alumni Achievement Awards Winners Announced

The District 128 Foundation for Learning is proud to announce the recipients of its 10th Annual Alumni Achievement Awards:  Rachel Jacoby (Vernon Hills High School ‘14) and Patrick Slade (Libertyville High School ‘13). Jacoby and Slade will be honored at the Foundation’s annual fundraiser, THE BIG EVENT, on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Mickey Finn’s in Libertyville. Visit this link for complete details and to purchase tickets.

Rachel Jacoby is a proud graduate of Vernon Hills High School, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Previously an organizer with March For Our Lives, Rachel is currently a Gun Violence Prevention Specialist at the Lake County State's Attorney's Office. She has organized in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington DC in support of gun violence prevention legislation. Most significantly, she helped lead the grassroots organizing effort in support of the Protect Illinois Communities Act, which passed in early 2023, making Illinois the 9th state in the country to ban assault weapons. Rachel previously served as the Finance Manager for Giffords, a national nonprofit committed to ending gun violence and spent a year living and working as an English teacher in rural Malaysia on a Fulbright grant. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Rachel founded the nonprofit, Feed the Front Line, to support small businesses, frontline workers, and food insecure populations in the Chicago area. In her free time, Rachel works to increase political representation for Gen Z in elected office and is trying to perfect her chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Rachel was nominated for the award by VHHS CTE Teacher Kristin Schwarz.


Patrick Slade is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Harvard University. He graduated from LHS in 2013 before completing his bachelor's at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and MSc, PhD, and postdoctoral studies in Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering at Stanford University. He directs the Harvard Ability Lab which combines robotics, biomechanics, and human-centered AI to build intelligent health models and assistive devices. His work explores how to safely and effectively design and integrate human-robot systems so people can live healthier, more independent lives. His work focuses on solutions that are open-source and low-cost to make care accessible for underserved populations. Patrick was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, named a Forbes 30 under 30 in healthcare, and has published in journals including Nature and Science Robotics.

Patrick was nominated for the honor by LHS Mathematics and Computer Science Teacher Teresa Elmore and LHS CTE Teacher Andrew Thomson.


Please visit this link for complete details about previous honorees and a link to the nomination form.


The Foundation for Learning deadline for submitting nominations for the 2024 Alumni Achievement Awards is August 15, 2024. The Alumni Achievement Awards, established in 2014, are presented annually to individuals who graduated from a District 128 high school at least five years prior to nomination, and who have made significant contributions, and demonstrated leadership and character in his/her field and to his/her community. Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis and remain active for three years.

D128 Foundation for Learning is looking

for volunteers who will make a difference

in the lives of LHS & VHHS students.

The D128 Foundation for Learning is run by volunteers who donate their time. We're always looking for new volunteers. We appreciate every helping hand we can get!

Committees are now forming for the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 school year.  Learn more about our volunteer opportunities by contacting

Diane Phillips at or 847-247-4577.

4th Annual 1-28 Day of Giving Campaign:

January 26-28, 2023

4th Annual 1-28 Day of Giving Thank You Image

Thank you to those that supported The BIG EVENT 2022!

The BIG EVENT 2022

The BIG EVENT 2022 Summary

  • $32,029 Total Profit
  • $16,060 in Sponsorships
  • 103 Participants in the event
  • Silent Auction - 47 of the 52 Baskets sold
  • Students In Need Drive - $2,248 raised

- The BIG EVENT 2022 Event Sponsors:

Jacobson & Tsou Orthodontics (Food Sponsor), Round Ground Metals, Inc (Food Sponsor), The Wadhwani Family (Entertainment Sponsor), Libertyville Bank & Trust (Beverage Sponsor), The Muniswamy Family (Dessert Sponsor)  

- The BIG EVENT 2022 Sponsors:

Senior Level - Baxter Credit Union, Quest Foods

Junior Level - 

Sophomore Level - CS2 Design Group, Gilbane, Lakeside Transportation, Northwestern Medicine - Lake Forest Hospital, STR Partners, Sunset Foods, Top Tec

Freshman Level - Arpino Orthodontics, Marjo Graphics

- The BIG EVENT 2022 Silent Auction Donors:

Alla Steinhaus, Arpino Orthodontics, Athleta, Austin's Saloon & Eatery, Bagels by the Book, Be Well Fitness & Glynn Chiropractic, Bears Fit, Bentley's Pet Stuff (Libertyville), Best Buy (Vernon Hills), Black Cat Yoga, Bluefish Sushi Bistro, Boston Fish Market (Wheeling), Bubble Bath Car Wash, Car Spa, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Wolves Hockey, Chipotle (Libertyville), Dazzling Designs by SJ, Denise Herrmann, Diane Phillips, Dick's Sporting Goods, Duck Donuts, Erica Rendall, First Spa Nails, Floyds Barber Shop (Vernon Hills), Four Seasons Homes, LLC, Frank Fitzgerald, Ganello's Pizza Company, Goodman Theatre, Harbor Kitchen & Tap, Home Depot (Vernon Hills), How Impressive!, Hunan Palace Chinese Restaurant, IL Nails Spa, Improv Playhouse, Joseph's Florist, Julie Cohen, Kara Bosman, Libertyville High School, LoLo's Bowls, Lou Malnati's Pizzeria (Libertyville), Lynfred Winery, Mambo Italiano, Mario Tricocci Hair & Salon, Marriott Theatre, Matt Tooley, Men's Wearhouse (Vernon Hills), Mobile Academics, Nancy Beaumont, Northlight Theatre, Nothing Bundt Cakes (Vernon Hills), Portillo's (Vernon Hills), REI (Vernon Hills), Rivers Casino, Rob Jacobson, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (Libertyville), Rolland's Jewelers (Libertyville), Salt of the Earth Salt Cave & Spa, School of Rock (Libertyville), Shake Shack, Shakou (Libertyville), Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Slyce Coal Fired Pizza Company (Vernon Hills), Sports 11, The Picnic Basket, The Pilates PT, Trader Joe's (Vernon Hills), Vernon Hills High School, Vernon Hills Village Golf Course, VHHS Swim School for Kids, Village of Vernon Hills, Wick 'N Ore, Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe (Libertyville), Wine and Spirit Warehouse, Zanies Comedy Club

-The BIG EVENT 2022 Students in Need Donors:

James Batson, Eric Beaumont, Nancy Beaumont, Cara Benjamin, Dale Eggert, Ken Eiserman, Jeremy Gong, Stacey Greenfield, Lisa Hessel, Rita Lillydahl, Vinod V. Patel, Dean A. Pedersen, Erica Rendall, Andrew Russell, Anand Setty, Jeffrey Slavish, Cherian Thomas, Jolly Thomas, Jayson Tran, Michelle Tran, Susan Wilms

-The BIG EVENT 2022 Financial Donors:

Bill & Joan Abbington, Thomas Barry, Katherine Buck, Joanna Friel-Wimmer, Juliana Furlong, Kelli Hartweg, Merzena Kowalska, Heidi Lechner, Debbie O'Hara, Diane Phillips, Mikhail Shor, John Snow, Michael Stevens