Crystal Lake Friends of Gifted Education (CLFOGE) is a not-for-profit, volunteer staffed group of parents and educators dedicated to supporting gifted education throughout District 47. Our mission is to provide support to the students, parents and teachers involved with the EC program.
Consider joining our organization. You can purchase an annual membership for a modest $5, or become a lifetime member for only $20. As a CLFOGE member, you will have access to the pre-sale dates of our very popular annual used book sale, Book Blast held the last weekend of January. Most importantly, however, you will be helping to support the Gifted Education program for your child.
For more information on joining CLFOGE please visit our Membership page.
Thursday, September 25th, 2014
A call to action from CLFOGE
Attention CLFOGE members and interested parents,
It is our duty to report on the current status of Crystal Lake Friends of Gifted Education (CLFOGE). For several years, the majority of our meetings and activities have been run by the same small number of parents. We were encouraged last year by the interest and involvement of several new parents. However, due to the fact that every year we lose some D47 families to graduation into D155, the organization urgently needs to again see increased involvement from parents of children in the District 47 gifted program.
As most of you are already aware...
CLFOGE is a not-for-profit, volunteer staffed group of parents and educators dedicated to supporting gifted education throughout District 47. Our mission is to provide support to the students, parents and teachers involved with the EC program.
CLFOGE has provided valuable resources and support to the EC teachers in our school district over the years, such as document cameras, Lego Mindstorm kits, supplemental math program materials, hydroponics life science equipment, and classroom books just to name a few. In addition, we have hosted guest speakers, teacher panels, family game nights, the very popular missions at the Challenger Learning Center, as well as scholarships to supplement the cost of summer enrichment programs. Meanwhile, our highly successful used book sale, aside from being our one and only fundraiser of the year, also provides a great benefit to parents and teachers in the area. We are very fortunate that District 47 has continued to fund and support the gifted curriculum despite a complete absence of state funding for these programs. Therefore, we feel it is our duty to continue to support the district in this important endeavor.
We are looking for parents to help CLFOGE continue to be successful in the future years. The commitment is truly minimal - one short evening each month, and perhaps an hour or two per month helping with other events. Most importantly, each new parent also brings in their unique leadership and business skills as well as their creative ideas. Effective immediately, we need to elect a new president, and we are also looking for someone to transition into the secretary role for next year. Finally, we are looking for one or two parent representatives from each school.
Our first meeting of the school year is this Thursday, September 25th. We encourage you to bring your ideas and experience to help CLFOGE continue to be a strong supporting force behind the District 47 gifted curriculum.
We hope to see you at our meeting at 7:00 pm on Thursday September 25th at the CORE Center (300 Commerce Drive).
The CLFOGE Team