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Joanie’s Closet is a committee under the District 95 Educational Foundation that serves under-resourced District 95 students and their families, in collaboration with the community, by providing basic needs to help students achieve their full potential.

How do I ask for help? Contact your school nurse or social worker if your family needs assistance from Joanie’s Closet. Each school has a Joanie’s Closet PTO representative.  This representative can service requests (anonymously) from the school principal, social worker, or nurse. Requests are kept confidential.

How do I donate to Joanie’s Closet? Joanie’s Closet is always in need of financial contributions.  Please consider making a personal monetary donation to Joanie’s Closet; your contributions will truly help those here within our own District 95 family.





Checks can be made payable to: School District 95 Educational Foundation and indicate Joanie’s Closet in the memo line.  Donations are tax deductible and also qualify for corporate matching. Contributions can be sent to:

Joanie’s Closet
c/o School District 95 Educational Foundation
832 S. Rand Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047

How else can I support Joanie’s Closet? 

-Attend our annual Parent-Child Valentine’s Dance fundraiser
-Become a Valentine’s Dance sponsor or donate a raffle basket for the dance
-If you or your organization would like to sponsor a drive or collection to support Joanie’s Closet, our most needed items include:


New School Supplies:

  • Backpacks

  • TI-30xIIS Calculators

  • TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculators

  • 10 pack Crayola Thick Markers

  • 24 pack Crayola Crayons

  • Ticonderoga Pencils

  • Post it Notes

  • Expo Dry Erase Black Chisel TipMarkers

  • Black Sharpie Markers fine point

  • Highlighters

  • New Waterproof Gloves

  • New Winter Hats – any size

  • Diapers (especially Newborn to size 3) & Wipes

  • New Underwear & Socks


Food Drives that support St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and Alpine Chapel Food Pantry are also encouraged.

How did Joanie’s Closet start?  Joanie’s Closet was founded in the spirit of May Whitney                                               Elementary School’s long time nurse, Joanie Bednarz, who passed                                             away unexpectedly in August of 2005.  Joanie was well known for                                               her humanitarianism and generosity, especially toward May                                                       Whitney families in need.  Joanie’s Closet is a Committee under the                                           School District 95 Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Hungry? Click below for places  in our community that can help!


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Ticket sales for the dance have closed. We have reached our capacity.

How Joanie's Closet Helps

D95 Students

Joanie’s Closet helps

District 95 students with:

  • School supplies

  • Clothing, underwear, socks, shoes, boots,

  • Winter coats, hats, and gloves

  • Snacks and breakfast foods provided to the school nurse for hungry students

  • Snacks for under-resourced students for after school programs

  • Emergency groceries, grocery and gas cards

  • Household necessities

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