About the Katie Samsel Fund
To donate immediately to help families in need from the Prospect Heights fire, please click here to visit the Katie Samsel Fund Web Store.
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. The fund affords flexibility to meet student and family needs in the most appropriate way and at the most appropriate time. Currently, the fund will be utilized to help families affected by the Prospect Heights Fire.
Donations to the Katie Samsel fund are accepted year-round. If you would like to contribute, simply visit our Katie Samsel Fund web store here, or a check can be mailed in. Checks may be made out to “CCSD21 Katie Samsel Fund.” Donations can be dropped off at the Gill Administration Center in person or mailed to:
Katie Samsel Fund Committee
CCSD21 Gill Administration Center
999 West Dundee Road
Wheeling, Illinois 60090
If you choose to mail in a donation and would like a letter in return acknowledging your donation, please be sure to include a note requesting such a letter with your check, as well as the address where the letter should be mailed.