Barrington 220 Educational Foundation

Barrington 220 Educational Foundation


Honoring Founding Trustee Dede Wamberg

 Dede Wamberg & Kelly Henry

Dede Wamberg & Kelly Henry

At the November Board meeting, Dede Wamberg, former trustee and founder of the Educational Foundation, was honored and recognized her contributions to the Foundation.

Dede has called Barrington home for more than three decades.  She has raised 7 children here, all of whom attended the Barrington schools.  She has been dedicated to service in our community including as a former PTO President and 220 school board member. The Barrington 220 Educational Foundation, formerly the District 220 Educational Foundation, was her original vision. It is due to the vision and tenacity of our founding members like Dede that The Foundation has impacted so many students in Barrington.  

In 1997, the Board of Education gave its blessing to a group of individuals who expressed an interest in forming a foundation to support the educational efforts of District 220. This initial group could not come to consensus on how to organize but one year later, Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Lambert donated his per diem vacation salary to provide seed money.  A new design group was formed and Dr. Glen Gerard, was hired as a consultant to guide the Foundation’s start.  This design group consisted of Joe Connelly, Dick Lamkey, Phil Bash, Marie Plozay, Andy Rockwood, Deb Villers (District Liaison) and Dede.

 Penny Kazmier, Dede Wamberg, Carol McGregor & Vickie Huff

Penny Kazmier, Dede Wamberg, Carol McGregor & Vickie Huff

The first meeting of the Board of Trustees of the District 220 Educational Foundation was on April 6, 1999. Since that time, the Educational Foundation has raised over $3M to support projects and programs for Barrington 220.  Now 15 Trustees strong and in our first year of having an Executive Director, we are set up for continued growth and success. 

We thank you for your commitment to education and to the community of Barrington.

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Holiday Teacher Tributes Now Available

The weather is changing, holidays are just around the corner. Consider gifting your children’s teachers with a Teacher Tribute.

We Welcome
John Sciaccotta to Our Board

The Barrington 220 Educational Foundation is excited to announce its newest Trustee, John C. Sciaccotta.  John is an accomplished attorney with a successful practice focused on litigation, arbitration and business counseling matters with a focus on complex civil and appellate cases.  He is the recipient of numerous professional awards.  He and his wife Esther have called Barrington home for over 25 years and have four adult children who are all graduates of Barrington 220.  John has served on numerous professional and non-profit boards including President of Barrington High School Horseshoe Club.  Thank you for sharing your leadership and talents with the Foundation John and welcome aboard.


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The New Health Care Science Lab was unveiled at Barrington High School

For those students wanting to explore careers in the healthcare field, a new opportunity is now available at Barrington High School.

Transforming the Sunny Hill Learning Commons

The Barrington 220 Educational Foundation is proud to support the transformation of the current Sunny Hill Library Media Center from a “book warehouse” into a 21st Century learning space. The purpose of the Sunny Hill Learning Commons is to improve student literacy and technology proficiency, with an additional benefit of serving the local community. 

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Upcoming Events

Save the Date


2019 Golf Outing

June 10, 2019
Kemper Lakes Golf Club
Home of the 2018 Women’s PGA Championship

Mary Dale, Executive Director at

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Wayne Baer and Max Baer (BHS '17), present Karuna Parmar (BHS-PLTW, CAD Drafting Teacher) STEM Technology Starter Kits

STEM Technology Starter Kits Donation

The Foundation would like to thank Wayne and Max Baer for their generous donation of STEM Technology Starter Kits to the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program at Barrington High School. The objective is to help students quickly climb the product-prototype learning curve with these technology kits.  Final group projects ranged from last-minute thinking to elegant simplicity.  The learning curve between the groups was the initiative for this donation.  The five kits cover a broad spectrum - from basic (materials, fasteners, adhesives) to advanced (Microcontrollers [e.g. Ardunio, Raspberry], sensors, & accessory electronics).  These kits will promote better hands-on learning, quicker prototyping, and ultimately student knowledge in STEM.