Chapter 13



    The Northwest Suburban Council (NWSC) of PTA/PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) consists of 20 local PTA or PTSA units. Each local unit is affiliated with one of the elementary or junior high schools in District 15. These units work in partnership with their school’s principal and staff, as well as the community at large, to provide programs and services that enhance the educational environment for all children. They also implement programs that create a sense of community for the families of children enrolled at their schools. The PTA/PTSA units work to keep parents informed of legislative activities pertaining to children and public education at both the state and federal levels. They keep parents and community involved and informed through PTA websites, calendars, newsletters, and e-mails.

    The NWSC promotes communication and cooperation among the local units. NWSC works with District 15 and the units to support parent involvement both at home and in the schools. The Council provides local units with state and national PTA programs, and gives volunteers opportunities to develop as leaders in their schools and community.

    PTA is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) service organization. The National PTA, of which all local units are members, is the largest volunteer organization advocating on behalf of children. All PTA/PTSA units in NWSC are committed to the Purposes of the National PTA:

    • To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, places of worship, and throughout the community;
    • To advocate for laws that further the education, health, welfare and safety of children and youth;
    • To raise the standards of home life;
    • To advocate for fiscal responsibility regarding public tax dollars in public education funding;
    • To promote the collaboration and engagement of families and educators in the education of children and youth; and;
    • To engage the public in united efforts to secure the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being of all children and youth.

    For information on becoming involved, consult your school’s page later in the handbook.

    “every child, one voice”


    The PATH Community Clothing Closet provides District 15 families in need of assistance with monthly opportunities to shop for free, gently used clothing in all sizes—infant through adult—and for all seasons. Families in need should contact their school’s social worker to sign up to receive a voucher to shop the Community Clothing Closet, which will be open one evening each month at the Community Resource Center, 1585 N. Rand Road, Palatine.

    Donations to the PATH Community Clothing Closet can be dropped off in the “Community Closet” boxes located at all District 15 schools. All garments should be washed and/or in clean condition without rips or broken zippers. Donations of packages of new socks and underwear in any size would also be greatly appreciated. Receipt forms will be available at each donation location.


    The one-five Foundation is an autonomous 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to acquire resources to be used for programs and projects to enhance and supplement the educational experience of Community Consolidated School District 15’s students. It was founded in 1989 by a partnership of parents, community members, and local businesses, and it is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees from the community. To date, it has invested more than $2 million toward advancing the educational experience of District 15 students through such programs as the Foundation Mini-Grants, FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, Rainbows Grief Support Groups, and Keep Music Strong Scholarships.

    Programs like these benefit all 20 schools in District 15. They are funded by the one-five Foundation in large part through the community’s support of such Foundation fundraisers as the “Got2Run … for Education” Run/Walk to Benefit Wellness in School Children; Annual Charitable Fundraising Drives; and the Foundation’s planned fundraising activities. Teacher and staff tributes, volleyball tournaments, and other yearly district initiatives also benefit the Foundation.

    Proceeds from all of these fundraisers, as well as grants and sponsorships from businesses and general donations from individuals and families, help the one-five Foundation continue to support your school.

    Similarly, the Foundation is always looking for community members that want to help improve the education of children to join its efforts. For more information about the many events, on becoming a Board member, or making a donation, visit the Foundation’s website at, or contact us at