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).
Friends of Agassiz Fundraising
Friends of Agassiz hosts many fundraisers throughout the year to raise much needed money to support the amazing programs, students, teachers and staff at the school. Our current fundraiser is the I HEART AGASSIZ Pledge Drive taking place January 19th- Feruary 10th.
I HEART AGASSIZ Pledge Drive
In the spirit of Agassiz’s inclusive nature, we’re aiming for 100% participation. We know that every family is able to give at different levels. We ask you to donate what you can, and for families able to, we ask for a $1,200 donation ($100 a month.) You can donate in one lump sum or monthly. All donations are tax deductible.
Pledge Drive: Goals for Giving
Each year, Friends of Agassiz (FOA) hosts the I Heart Agassiz Pledge Drive as a way for families to show appreciation for the school and support its Strategic Plan for Fundraising. Donations help fill CPS budget gaps, strengthen our diverse community and cover our strategic goals:
Immediate: Technology repair and replacement
Short to Mid-Term: Staffing positions, fine and performing arts programming
Long-Term: Auditorium/gym renovation
Strategic Plan for Fundraising
Last year, Agassiz supporters raised over $100,000, 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.
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 10th 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 Casino Night. 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. Casino Night is an adults-only night full of gaming, bidding and refreshments held in Chicago. Last year the two events brought in $44,000.
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.
FOA usually meets the last Wednesday of months during the school year at 6:00 p.m. in the Music Room.
FOA meetings for the remainder of 2016-2017 school year:
Jan 18, 2017
Feb 22, 2017
Mar 29, 2017
Apr 26, 2017
May 31, 2017 (annual elections)
For more information, please contact President Anna Shane.
"My family and I joined the Agassiz community in 2015 when our son started first grade. I got involved with Friends of Agassiz shortly after and currently serve as the Secretary. Like many parents, my wife and I live outside of the neighborhood, but we are so happy to be a part of an energetic, arts-focused elementary school."
"I have two children at Agassiz (since 2012) and it’s been my pleasure to serve on the Friends of Agassiz Board of Trustees since 2014. We have lived in the neighborhood for over seven years and love the educated, caring, and energetic staff at our neighborhood school."
"I joined the Agassiz community in late 2016 when my son began Kindergarten. Being embraced by the community, I was excited to become an active member of this wonderful group of teachers and parents. This community offers great diversity that is beneficial for my son’s developmental growth. I love the friendly staff and parental involvement, which complements the school’s student environment. The principal has implemented great programs for the students and offers a great afterschool program. At Agassiz, my son will be able to take small but ensuring steps toward a better education."