Joanie’s Closet Mission

JoaniesCloset-logo-color-finJoanie’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.

The organization originally started at May Whitney Elementary School in memory of its namesake, Joanie Bednarz, the school’s nurse who passed away.

Joanie’s Closet is available to help on several fronts.  For example, school supplies are provided  for families that need assistance with these items; snacks are provided for school nurses since some of those who go to see the nurse just need to fill an empty stomach; clothing, groceries, household necessities, and gas cards are distributed through the school social workers or nurses for families in dire straits; second lunches are sometimes provided at elementary schools for Free and Reduced Lunch students who are still hungry after finishing their first lunch.

With colder weather just around the corner, Joanie’s Closet can also provide winter jackets for children who don’t have one, or whose family can’t afford one.  We invite families to contact your school and District 95 staff to contact your Joanie’s Closet rep if there is a child who needs a winter jacket, snow pants, boots, hat, and/or mittens. As always, requests and fulfillment of such requests are kept confidential.


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.

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.  Contributions can be sent to Joanie’s Closet, c/o School District 95 Educational Foundation, 400 S. Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich, IL 60047.  Make checks 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.


Thank  You For Supporting the 5th Annual Parent/Child Valentine’s Dance!

Over 500 attendees and volunteers came out and supported Joanie’s Closet and the District 95 Educational Foundation on Friday, February 10th. Proceeds raised at the dance will be used to support under-resourced District 95 students and their families. Thank you for your assistance!

Click here to see more great pictures from the event!

A special thank you goes out to Dominica Woodbury for so generously donating her time and talents. Domi has very kindly made portrait photos available for download on her website, Dominica Woodbury Photography.  Click here to visit Dominica Woodbury Photography website to download your portrait.

Joanie's Closet Valentine's Dance 2017