About the Katie Samsel Fund
Katie Samsel was the principal of Whitman Elementary School. When she passed away in 1974, a memorial fund was created by her family with the purpose of helping School District 21 students and their families in an emergency or hardship situation.
The function of the fund has varied, from providing eyeglasses to students in need, to helping families that were displaced from their homes due to fire or flood. All donations to the Katie Samsel Fund are now used to provide weekend family food boxes to CCSD21 families that are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Donations to the Katie Samsel fund are accepted year-round. If you would like to contribute, simply visit our Katie Samsel Fund web store. Paper checks are not accepted at this time.