Friends of Agassiz (FOA) hosts the I Heart Agassiz Pledge Drive annually as a way for families to show appreciation for the school.

Past donations have filled budget gaps and strengthened our schoolʼs diverse community.


In the spirit of Agassizʼs inclusive nature, weʼre aiming for 100% participation.

Each family is able to give at different levels, so we ask that you donate what you can, either in one lump sum or monthly. All donations are tax deductible.


  1. Online
  2. Personal check written to Friends of Agassiz (see form below)


Parent Incentive

Parents who sign up to donate a fixed amount for 12 continuous months, or pay the equivalent upfront, will earn these prizes:

  • $10/month ($120/year) Agassiz car magnet
  • $25/month ($300/year) Agassiz pop socket phone accessory
  • $50/month ($600/year) 1 Spring Gala ticket
  • $100/month ($1200/year) 2 Spring Gala tickets + choice of Agassiz swag
  • $200/month ($2400/year) 2 Spring Gala tickets + choice of Agassiz swag for entire immediate family

Student Incentive

Each student who donates will earn these prizes and be entered in a raffle to win Agassiz swag.

  • $1+ Agassiz bulldog keychain
  • $50+ Agassiz teddy bear
  • $120+ Agassiz pop socket phone accessory • $150+ Agassiz athletic zip-up

Homeroom & Teacher Incentive

Any homeroom with 100% participation will earn these prizes:

  • A class party funded by FOA
  • Amazon, iTunes or giftcard of teacher's choice to purchase class supplies

Friends of Agassiz is an all-volunteer group of parents and community members dedicated to making Agassiz Elementary a great school for all students through fundraising and community outreach events. Friends of Agassiz operates independently of the school as a non-profit 501(c)(3).


Thank you to the parents who joined us for the “Back to School” event at Diag in September and who already contributed to the teachers’ Fund-A-Need!

Due to popular demand, we have made the teachers’ Fund-A-Need lists available online.

Strategic Plan for Fundraising

Last year, Agassiz supporters raised over $175,000, which helps cover CPS budget gaps, strengthen our diverse community and support the school’s Strategic Plan for Fundraising.

Short-term goals include funding arts, drama and dance programming, as well as supporting vital staff positions, investing in classroom technology, providing science lab supplies and repairing playground equipment. Long-term goals include renovating the gymnasium/auditorium and hiring a full-time arts teacher.

Download a copy of the Strategic Plan here.


Fundraising Initiatives

FOA supports Agassiz with a variety of fundraisers and community events throughout the school year.

Each fall, the Agassiz Walk-a-thon, now in its 12th year, encourages family, friends and neighbors to sponsor students while highlighting our school's commitment to healthy habits.

In winter, the I Heart Agassiz Pledge Drive gives families the chance to show their appreciation for the school and what they love most. Families are encouraged to donate any amount they're comfortable with, whether it's a one-time amount or monthly.

Spring is host to two fundraisers: the Online Auction and Gala. The annual auction gives 300+ Agassiz families, their friends and neighbors across Chicago, plus over 300,000 bidders nationwide, the chance to bid on great items while supporting Agassiz. The Spring Gala is an adults-only night full of gaming, bidding and refreshments held in Chicago. Last year the two events brought in $60,000.

Community outreach events include monthly Dine Out for Agassiz nights at popular area restaurants, with a portion of proceeds going to the school. It's a delicious way to support local businesses while benefiting our neighborhood school. Past participants include Kirkwood Bar, Potbelly, Home Run Inn and DMK Burger.


FOA has provided financial support for a number of initiatives that would have otherwise been cut due to budget constraints.


All parents and community members are welcome and encouraged to join Friends of Agassiz. Your participation, support and ideas can help shape Agassiz into the school you want it to be.

All meetings are at 6pm in Music Room and babysitting available by Mr. Oni (PE teacher) in the gym for $5/child.

Dates for the 2018/2019 year are:

Sept 26
Oct 24
Nov 28
Jan 16
Feb 27
March 27
April 24
May 29

For more information, please contact President Patti Lenkov.

Board Members

Patti Lenkov



RC Jones



Michael Sinclair



Talya Smith



Michelle Platts