Friends of Skinner West was founded in 2011 and is a not-for-profit organization comprised of parents and school staff. We are dedicated to supporting Skinner West Elementary School through fundraising and providing the best possible resources for our school
FOSW works with local businesses and organizations to support the school in many different ways. From sponsorship opportunities to in-kind donations, we encourage the greater community to get involved at Skinner West.
Since its inception in 2011, Friends of Skinner West has raised over $850,000 from parents, friends and the community.
Our students come from all over Chicago; from the far South side to the far West side to the far North side and they have many different needs. We work hard to ensure every student has access to a first-rate education by providing our students with everything they need to be successful. We also provide for our students in need through our annual Holiday Giving Drive.
Friends of Skinner West (FOSW) was launched to support the school through volunteerism and fundraising. It is our goal to help meet and exceed the needs of the school improvement plan, while nurturing our students through extracurricular activities and educational opportunities while focusing on improving school technology.
The spending priorities of FOSW are set through a cooperative relationship with the school administration, which determines the needs of the school and requests the funding from FOSW. FOSW's main fundraising event is the annual Walkathon that occurs in the Fall. In addition, FOSW accepts donations from local developers and businesses. FOSW occasionally participates in shopping days at stores or restaurants with a portion of the profits being donated back to FOSW. Lastly, we regularly accept donations from parents and employer gift-matching programs.
Since its inception in 2011, FOSW has brought in over $850,000 to the school. Funds raised have been used to purchase: