About Friends of Coonley

The Friends of Coonley School is a not-for-profit organization of parents, community members, teachers, and school administrators dedicated to supporting the John C. Coonley Elementary School through fundraising efforts. Friends of Coonley is rooted in the belief that great teachers and administrators build the best schools when they have the resources and funds they need. And, that building the best school helps our children flourish in a nurturing and stimulating environment.

Since the Friends of Coonley organization was formed in 2005, our tireless volunteers have worked to raise over $1 million dollars to directly support Coonley School! The spending priorities of FOC are determined through a cooperative relationship of the school administration, who determine the needs of the school, request the necessary supplemental funds and direct how those funds will be spent. FOC’s main fundraising events includes the annual Spring Fling – Auction and Fundraiser as well as the Coonley Cougar Pride Stride – our annual student Walk-A-Thon. In addition, the FOC has implemented the Coonley Core program as a way for local business – both community and parent-owned – to get involved with and give to our school in a cooperative way. Finally, the FOC takes in funds regularly from generous parents and their employers through corporate donations and employee matching programs.

Thus far, funds raised by the FOC have been used to purchase and/or implement:

– Spanish language classes
– Art classes
– Library/Media tracking software, Library books and Library furniture
– Pre-K furniture
– Band instruments
– After-school programming
– Outdoor classroom equipment
– Office equipment and shelving
– State-of-the-art multimedia equipment and resources for the Library Media Resource Center
– Supplies, equipment, microscopes, machines, books and other materials to outfit the Interactive Science Center
– Technology for use in individual classrooms including document cameras
– Full-time Spanish teacher(s) for grades K-8
– An all-school Literacy Assistant
– Enhanced Social Studies curriculum for grades K-8
– An all-school Leveled-Reading Library
– SmartBoard technology for the Media Resource Center
– Professional window and stage curtains, stage lighting and full sound system
– Safety equipment for the Gymnasium
– A classroom set of IPads, cart and cases
– Air-conditioning units for every classroom and many general areas
– A freestanding piano, drums and other musical instruments for student use and education
– Volleyball equipment and gym installation
– Soccer nets and related equipment

Contact Us!
You can reach the Friends of Coonley in the following ways:

Friends of Coonley
c/o John C. Coonley Elementary
4046 North Leavitt
Chicago, IL  60618


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