Above / Do you know how some students view the Superintendent of School District 203?

UPDATE, Feb. 6, 2019 / The Naperville Education Foundation became the unexpected financial beneficiaries of the polar vortex, raising $2,694.50 in 4 days with the help of a Tweet from a creative student, a snow day t-shirt and a willing Superintendent.  While much of the country was blanketed by a deep freeze and record-breaking low temperatures, Richie Holmberg, a junior at Naperville Central High School used his time indoors as an opportunity to raise money for his local education foundation. 

“What started with a tweet, he took all the way to the bank for the Naperville Education Foundation.,” said Amy Schade in a news release with an update from last week’s post that included new images of the Hero t-shirt.

Front and back images of the Dan Bridge’s “Hero” t-shirt.


Tweeting a mockup to the superintendent, Holmberg asked, “Hey Mr. @DanBridges203. I was wondering if we could make the #snowday t-shirts a reality? I would love your approval so I can go ahead and sell these shirts to benefit @NEF203!” NEF203 is the Naperville Education Foundation, the philanthropic foundation supporting the needs of the school district’s students.

Bridges, used to frequent tweets from his high school followers, responded: “Let’s talk on Friday – if it goes to support @NEF203, I think we can do this. Ultimately It’s ALWAYS about support for @Naperville203 kids.” And with that, Holmberg was off and running.

And the rest is history.

Original Post, Feb. 1, 2019 / “In celebration of the four snow days of the school year so far,” the Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) has released news via Talk 203 that a student-created design for a 2018-19 commemorative Dan Bridges’ Snow Day t-shirt is available for sale.

The t-shirts are available to purchase online ($16 each) for a limited time. All proceeds will go to benefit the Naperville Education Foundation (NEF), the philanthropic arm of Naperville 203. 

Click here for everything needed to order one today. Orders must be placed by Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, at midnight. 

These creative “Hero” shirts were designed and made possible by a Naperville Central High School student.

Orders will be ready the second week in February. Exact pick-up location and time will be emailed to purchaser.

To learn more about the Naperville Education Foundation, visit www.nef203.org or plan to attend the 26th Annual Building a Passion Breakfast on March 20 at Embassy Suites.

NEF will host 26th Annual Building a Passion Breakfast on March 20

Embassy Suites is located at 1823 Abriter Court, just north of Diehl Road.

The Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) will host its 26th annual Building a Passion breakfast fundraiser from 7AM to 9AM on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. The event will be held at the Embassy Suites, located at 1823 Abriter Court, Naperville, Illinois. Alan D. Krashesky, ABC7 Anchor, will emcee the event.

The annual Building a Passion breakfast fundraiser tells the stories of the direct impact of NEF-funded programs on the students, teachers and parents in Naperville Community Unit School District 203. The event includes breakfast and a program including a paddle raise and individual awards, along with entertainment and artwork provided by Naperville 203 students. The event is attended by business, community and elected leaders, district leadership, parents, and members of the district and school communities.

The funds raised from the event support NEF-funded programs that assist students in all Naperville 203 schools. NEF programs provide funds for each school to be used at the principals’ discretion through Trustee Awards, funds to support the specific needs of individual students who are at-risk or in-need through the Kid Boosters Anonymous Fund, support for school-specific before- and after-school programs through Study Skills, a program providing healthy snacks for young students who come to school hungry through Start the Day, funds to support student entrepreneurship through Business INCubator at both high schools, and opportunities for students, teachers and staff to receive funds for their ideas through NEF’s Annual Grant Awards.

Reserve a seat or fill a table for ten 

Individual reservations are $80 and tables of 10 are $800. A $1,000 “School-Empowered” sponsorship is available to show your support of any one of Naperville 203’s 22 schools and includes six reserved seats at the table, as well as your name or logo in the program, table top and event signage, and a listing on the NEF website. School-empowered sponsorships are available on first-come, first-served basis. Reservations or donations may be made online atwww.nef203.org or by calling the NEF office at (630) 420-3086.

Naperville Education Foundation

The Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) raises and grants funds for programs that enhance and enrich the educational experience of Naperville School District 203 students. With the generous support of foundations, businesses, educational professionals and individual donors, NEF is able to provide financial resources that increase learning opportunities by supplementing school district budgets. NEF encourages creativity, innovation and excellence in our students by helping to ensure that every student in the district can take advantage of opportunities to make the most of their education. www.nef203.org.

Story submitted by Amy Schade, Development Coordinator, for NEF.