The Summit Hill Educational Foundation, otherwise known as "SHEF," is a not-for-profit organization established in 2006 for the Summit Hill School District 161, serving grades Pre-K through 8th grade in the communities of Tinley Park, Frankfort, and Mokena, IL. We are comprised of district parents, teacher liaisons, and administrative representatives from the district and school board. Our mission is to creatively generate financial support to enrich and enhance the opportunities and educational experiences of Summit Hill School District 161 students.

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Throughout the year, SHEF raises money through various events in order to fund teacher grants that are beyond the school district's budget that greatly aid and enhance the learning process in their classrooms. SHEF also assists with funding district grants that help with the improvement of technology throughout our district schools. Since our inception in 2006, SHEF has awarded $562,409 to our district schools.

Ways to Support SHEF

  •   Attend our Annual Fundraiser, Battle for the Cup: A SHSD 161 Battle Ball Tournament
    •    Support in-school raffles
      •   Shop Amazon Smile
        •    Monetary Contributions: Contributions are always welcome and are accepted year-round. Donate by Check or Credit Card Today!
          •   Double Your Monetary Contribution -- does your employer have a matching contribution program? SHEF is a 501c(3) organization that is eligible to receive matching donations from corporations. For more information, please contact your human resources department.

            Beyond our fundraising activities, SHEF depends on the generous support of individuals and businesses like you! Please consider making a tax deductible donation to SHEF. SHEF and your contribution serves all District 161 students in grades K-8. 

            You may send a check to:

            Summit Hill Educational Foundation
            P.O. Box 914
            Frankfort, IL 60423

            Or click to donate via PayPal

            GET INVOLVED

            Volunteers Are Always Needed!

            Are you a graphic designer, writer, photographer, videographer, party planner or auction organizer? We're looking for people to join our teams.
            Want to do something meaningful for the public schools in your community? We're looking for volunteers to serve on fundraising, communications, finance, and other committees.
            Depending upon your individual interests and your schedule, we have varied opportunities and plenty of work-from-home options. SHEF also offers the opportunity for you to donate your time or special talents towards a specific project. If you'd like to learn more about volunteering for SHEF, email us.

            Interested in Joining the Foundation?

            We are always looking for new parents and community members to join our board of directors. We welcome new directors who can bring a variety of experiences and ideas that will help enrich the educational opportunities in our district. If you would like more information about our group, please contact us.

            Volunteer handing a girl tickets at fundraising event

            "The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others." -DeAnn Hollis