PERU EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Peru Education Foundation

Giving the Gift of Education

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Peru Education Foundation to provide financial support to complement, enhance and enrich the educational programs and opportunities of all the students in Peru Elementary School District 124.

The Peru Education Foundation has been established through the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) public charity.

By-Laws

Completed as part of the Board of Education’s Strategic Plan, the Foundation was established in 2013 by a group of very dedicated people. Much work has gone into planning and organizing the Foundation, including the development of the Peru Education Foundation By-Laws, as well as the establishment of our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status as a public charity. This means that anyone may give to our Foundation and claim the donation as a tax deduction.

Tax Deductible Donations

Please consider the Peru Education Foundation as a beneficiary of one of your charitable, tax deductible donations. Our students are very grateful for our donors, and following are some options for giving:

Personal Check

Please make checks payable to the Peru Education Foundation and send to the Peru Education Foundation, 1800 Church Street, Peru, Illinois 61354. Please click here for our brochure with giving information if you would like to share this with family, friends or co-workers. You can make a one-time donation, or make an annual gift.

Leave a Bequest

Individuals may wish to consider a charitable bequest by naming the Peru Education Foundation in your will or in your life insurance policy. Consider a paid up policy no longer needed to protect your family or naming the Foundation as successor beneficiary should the named beneficiary die before the insured.

Create a Memorial

You can leave a memorial to the Peru Education Foundation to honor the memory of a loved one.

Provide a Gift of Honor

You can make a donation in another person’s name to mark an anniversary, birthday or special event.

Give Stock

There may be tax advantages to donating appreciated securities, and income from a particular investment. Inherited stock, mortgage, note, bond or income property can be donated to the Foundation.

Establish a Trust

There are a range of potential trust options which allow you to donate to the Foundation in this fashion.

Board of Directors

A group dedicated to providing wonderful educational opportunities for generations to come.

The Peru Education Foundation is comprised of an independent, nine-member Board of Directors, as well as five ex-officio (non-voting) members representing the Board of Education, teaching faculty and administration. 

The members and officers of the Board of Directors are as follows:

  • Michelle Vescogni
  • Bob Etheridge
  • Nickie Pellegrini
  • Cindy Kurkowski
  • Chris Perra
  • Chris Uebel
  • Jennifer Scheri
  • Jane Charbonneau
  • Angela Vezzetti
  • Colleen Schmidt
  • Kate Kolczaski
  • Austin Taylor
  • John Atkins
  • Jamie Craven

Projects Funded

The Peru Education Foundation has disbursed over $120,000 in funded projects that enhance and enrich the educational opportunities for students. Some of the projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital Piano
  • Projector Screen
  • Chromebook Lab
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Friendship Benches
  • Accessible Swing
  • STEM Lab Drones
  • STEM Lab 3-D Printers
  • High-Powered Telescope
  • Reading Plus Program
  • Books for Library

Recognition for Historical Levels of Giving

Individuals, families, businesses or organizations may be recognized for their giving according to the recognition categories shown below. We thank all who have donated whether listed in name below, or as an anonymous donor.

$10,000 or More     Philanthropist


$5,000 – $9,999       Humanitarian

Anonymous


$1,000 – $4,999       Benefactor

Nancy Maze

TEST, Inc.

Peru Federal Savings Bank

TechniSand (a Division of Fairmount Minerals)

Peru Lions Club

Lee & Joyce McCullough

Bill & Judy Chapman

Dahl Charity

Mark & Ronda Cross

House of Hunan

Cynthia Raccuglia

Cindy Kurkowski 


$500 – $999            Partner

Double D Warehouse

Roelif Loveland

Rodney & Sara McDonald

John & Jane Riva

Mike & Jen Radtke

Glenn Fredrickson

Illinois Valley Credit Union

Debo Ace Hardware

The Bruins Family

Sam and Mary Tillmann

Gregory Maze 

Greg & Janice Stanmar 


$250 – $499           Supporter

Jeanine & Jeff Sonnenberg

Eric Heagy

Mike & Colleen Schmidt

Chris & Mark Lamboley

Rimmele Family

CIT Trucks

Dimond Bros Insurance

James Massat

Etheridge Family

John & Jill Pohar

Sandra Blanco

Eva Ambler & Chris Differding

Peru Waltham Mutual Insurance Company

Jack & Callie Feliksiak

Joe & Kathy Zidow

Bob & Carol Storkman

Simply Modern Homes, LLC


$50 – $249             Sponsor

Cindy & Fred Gustat

Bob Etheridge Painting

Jennifer Scheri

John McCormick

Mildred Stevenson

Ron & Connie Olsen

Jim Swingel

Anonymous

NAC Anderson

Anonymous

Anonymous

Anonymous

Bill & Eileen Twardowski

Anonymous 

OJ & Susie Stoutner

Marian Kinsella

Joan Siebert

Karl & Patricia Fivek

Anonymous

Anonymous

Carus Corporation

Al & Terri Faull

Henry & Laurel Maze

Anonymous

Jeff & Linda Wobrock

Dynegy Inc.

YourCause

Dave Hoover

Jesus & Amanda Cabrera

Walker Accounting Group, Ltd.

Dresbach Distributing Co.

William & Ronnie Uebel

Schweickert & Ganassin LLP

Ann Wroblewski

Kevin Clark

Romar De La Luz

Robert Mellen

Kay Brannon

Anonymous

Carol Morrisey

The Pro Body Shop, Inc.

Biederstedt Consultants

Lisa Picco

Jason & Alison Goode

Gary Finkelstein, M.D. Eye Associates 

Gregory Abbott 

Blouke Carus 


Under $50              Friend

Jack & Alicia Hughes

Anonymous

Anonymous

Dave & Christie Mattioda

Double D Express

Sue Myers

Henry & Deb Hackman

Charlotte Sneed-McCall

Sheryl Waddle

Christine Uebel

Chuck & Linda Kurtz

Donald & Audrey Burton

Tony’s Barber Shop

Anonymous

Anonymous


Donations in Memoriam

Lester Hoffman
Linda Carls, Kay Brannon & Toni Marquardt, Judy Cary

Sally Schwindaman

The Rigby Family

Suzanne Ferretti

Ralph & Karen Burkart

Jane Mason

Kurt & Tracy Rimmele, Rich & Marcie Koehler

Karl Fivek

Kent Schroeder, Don & Cindy Kurkowski, Laurie Stuart, Mark & Ronda Cross, Jane Charbonneau, Bob Etheridge, Cory & Becky Biers, Delores Kuhne, George & Cindy Manicki, Jack & Lolita Schmitz, Darlene Stillwell, Dan & Maria Arkels, Bill & Mags Balestri, Rita Jeppson, Caroline Rossi, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Burris, Ronald & Janet Unzicker, Barb & Dennis Husser, Rick & Danielle Vanko, Randy & Valerie Witko, Kathy Korte

Bob Ankiewicz

Bob Etheridge & Family

Nancy Grubich

Perry & Kathy Ellerbrock, Rich & Marcie Koehler, Vincente & Carmen Mata

Ali Bryant

Rich & Marcie Koehler

Leigh Ann Janko

Cindy Kurkowski
 
Willa Dellinger
Nancy Maze

$10,000 or More     Philanthropist


$5,000 – $9,999       Humanitarian

Anonymous


$1,000 – $4,999       Benefactor

Nancy Maze

TEST, Inc.

Peru Federal Savings Bank

TechniSand (a Division of Fairmount Minerals)

Peru Lions Club

Lee & Joyce McCullough

Bill & Judy Chapman

Dahl Charity

Mark & Ronda Cross

House of Hunan

Cynthia Raccuglia


$500 – $999            Partner

Double D Warehouse

Roelif Loveland

Rodney & Sara McDonald

John & Jane Riva

Mike & Jen Radtke

Glenn Fredrickson

Illinois Valley Credit Union

Debo Ace Hardware

The Bruins Family

Sam and Mary Tillmann


$250 – $499           Supporter

Cindy Kurkowski

Jeanine & Jeff Sonnenberg

Eric Heagy

Mike & Colleen Schmidt

Chris & Mark Lamboley

Rimmele Family

CIT Trucks

Dimond Bros Insurance

James Massat

Greg & Janice Stanmar

Etheridge Family

John & Jill Pohar

Sandra Blanco

Eva Ambler & Chris Differding

Peru Waltham Mutual Insurance Company

Jack & Callie Feliksiak

Joe & Kathy Zidow

Gregory Maze

Bob & Carol Storkman


$50 – $249             Sponsor

Cindy & Fred Gustat

Bob Etheridge Painting

Jennifer Scheri

John McCormick

Mildred Stevenson

Ron & Connie Olsen

Jim Swingel

Anonymous

NAC Anderson

Anonymous

Anonymous

Anonymous

Bill & Eileen Twardowski

Anonymous 

OJ & Susie Stoutner

Marian Kinsella

Joan Siebert

Karl & Patricia Fivek

Anonymous

Anonymous

Carus Corporation

Al & Terri Faull

Henry & Laurel Maze

Anonymous

Jeff & Linda Wobrock

Dynegy Inc.

YourCause

Dave Hoover

Jesus & Amanda Cabrera

Walker Accounting Group, Ltd.

Dresbach Distributing Co.

William & Ronnie Uebel

Schweickert & Ganassin LLP

Ann Wroblewski

Kevin Clark

Romar De La Luz

Robert Mellen

Kay Brannon

Anonymous

Carol Morrisey

The Pro Body Shop, Inc.

Biederstedt Consultants

Lisa Picco


Under $50              Friend

Jack & Alicia Hughes

Anonymous

Anonymous

Dave & Christie Mattioda

Double D Express

Sue Myers

Henry & Deb Hackman

Charlotte Sneed-McCall

Sheryl Waddle

Christine Uebel

Chuck & Linda Kurtz

Donald & Audrey Burton

Tony’s Barber Shop

Anonymous

Anonymous


Donations in Memoriam
Lester Hoffman
Linda Carls, Kay Brannon & Toni Marquardt, Judy Cary
Sally Schwindaman
The Rigby Family
Suzanne Ferretti
Ralph & Karen Burkart
Jane Mason
Kurt & Tracy Rimmele, Rich & Marcie Koehler
Karl Fivek
Kent Schroeder, Don & Cindy Kurkowski, Laurie Stuart, Mark & Ronda Cross, Jane Charbonneau, Bob Etheridge, Cory & Becky Biers, Delores Kuhne, George & Cindy Manicki, Jack & Lolita Schmitz, Darlene Stillwell, Dan & Maria Arkels, Bill & Mags Balestri, Rita Jeppson, Caroline Rossi, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Burris, Ronald & Janet Unzicker, Barb & Dennis Husser, Rick & Danielle Vanko, Randy & Valerie Witko, Kathy Korte
Bob Ankiewicz
Bob Etheridge & Family
Nancy Grubich
Perry & Kathy Ellerbrock, Rich & Marcie Koehler, Vincente & Carmen Mata
Ali Bryant
Rich & Marcie Koehler
Leigh Ann Janko
Cindy Kurkowski Willa DellingerNancy Maze

Contact Us

For more information or to contact the Foundation, please send a message to foundation@perued.net, or call the school district office at 815-223-1111. On behalf of the Foundation Board, the Board of Education and the school district faculty and staff, thank you for your support of our children through the Peru Education Foundation.

Jamie Craven 

Superintendent of Schools

Michelle Vescogni

Foundation Board Chair


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