The Future Looks Bright

District 95’s Educational Foundation Helps Put the Money Where The Kids Need it Most

Publisher’s Note: 15 years ago when Sandra Frampton, a broker with @Properties, launched her career as a Realtor her goal was to help families in the community buy and sell homes. She sought to differentiate herself by being well-educated in the business while offering the highest possible level of customer service. Over time, Sandra realized that she could do more for the community. This is her story about a passion for educational excellence in School District 95.

We moved to Lake Zurich when I was pregnant with my older son. One of the things that attracted us to this community was the quality of public education. As our two children progressed through grade school, middle school, and now Lake Zurich High School, I responded to a sense that I needed to do more for the community. The District 95 Educational Foundation provides me the perfect opportunity to fulfill my passion for quality education.

The District 95 Educational Foundation, where I serve as Board Chair, provides an important funding adjunct to the school district. Our superintendent, Dr. Kaine Osburn, put it this way recently: “Our partnership with the Foundation to maximize the achievement of our mission – to empower every learner to achieve personal excellence – is the perfect expression of our core value of collaboration.”

The Foundation’s mission is to raise funds and provide resources for additional innovations that empower every learner to achieve personal excellence. The funds are used in a variety of ways, including:

  • Grants for teacher innovations above the funding the district allows.
  • Resources for special initiatives, such as the LEGO League, Film Festival, Science Fair and Family STEAM Summit.
  • Partnerships with local businesses for high school student internships.
  • Select academic funding for under-resourced students.
  • Basic needs for students through Joanie’s Closet.

A big part of our role as board members is to educate the community on the purpose of the D95 Educational Foundation. While some of the programs mentioned here may be familiar to some, not everybody knows where the funds come from in the first place. That’s why we are so focused on raising awareness and money for programs and initiatives that our students may not otherwise experience. Our biggest fundraiser of the year is the Annual Gala, and this year it’s at Concorde Banquets on March 2. Anybody from the community is invited to attend. We also seek financial support from local businesses by offering a variety of sponsorship opportunities.

For more information about the D95 Educational Foundation, as well as ways for community members and businesses to get involved, please visit our website (

 About the Author: Sandra Frampton, a Realtor with @Properties, was rated recently as the top producing individual in her office. To learn more go to or call 847.207.7551.