First “Alumni Ambassadors” to Represent District 99 Education Foundation
Sean Patrick Durkin and Geoff Neustadt now serve as "alumni ambassadors" for the District 99 Education Foundation. Durkin is a 1988 graduate of South High School and Neustadt is a 1993 graduate of North High School.
Two Downers Grove community members are now representing the District 99 Education Foundation as the organization’s first “alumni ambassadors.” Sean Patrick Durkin, a 1988 graduate of South High School and Geoff Neustadt, a 1993 graduate of North High School, will help to foster communications with alumni members and reconnect them to the schools, as well as support the Foundation in its mission to provide innovative curriculum and technologies to District 99 students and staff. Both Neustadt and Durkin are also commissioners for the Village of Downers Grove.
“Many high schools have created alumni associations, and we’re exploring this as a way to help our graduates keep in touch with one another and to share news,” says Durkin. “An association could also be a resource for planning reunions and supporting our future generations of alumni.”
On Friday, September 28 (South’s homecoming), and Friday, October 5 (North’s homecoming), the Foundation will host two “Homecoming Socials” at the Moose Lodge in Downers Grove from 7 p.m. to midnight. Alumni and all adult friends of District 99 are welcome to attend. The evening includes pizza from Skuddlebutt’s, wings from The Lemon Tree, popcorn from the Tivoli, entertainment and a complimentary shuttle bus (Westway Coach) from the alumni tent to the Moose. In addition, each school’s varsity homecoming football game will be projected live at the Moose. Tickets are $25 and are limited; they may be ordered by sending an email to [email protected].
“Many people in our community who grew up here are now raising their own families here,” says Neustadt, who grew up and is raising his family in Downers Grove. “We hope that the upcoming events at the Moose will turn into an annual tradition and become a destination for graduates of all classes.”
In June, District 99 commissioned an outside research firm, Harris Connect, to help update its alumni records.
“Updating our records is a crucial first step in building better relations with our alumni groups,” says Superintendent Dr. Mark McDonald, who serves as an ex-officio on the District 99 Education Foundation. “The official process with the outside researcher will end in October, but we welcome all graduates wishing to update their information to contact the district at any time.”
The District 99 Education Foundation provides financial assistance for District 99 students and staff in support of innovative curriculum and technologies that fall outside of traditional public funding. In addition to administering scholarships, the Foundation also accepts grant requests from teachers in District 99 who want to make the classroom environment more challenging to students but lack the necessary resources. The Foundation was founded in 1994 as a way for alumni, parents, educators and the community to support the continued excellence of educational curriculum provided to students and faculty.
To learn more about the Foundation, which is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, or to make a donation, please visit www.d99ef.org.