Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation



The Alumni Association is part of the Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation.  

We want to keep in touch with you and know about your journey since your graduation from Jacksonville High School.  Send us updates with your current contact information so that you can make sure to receive our biannual newsletter, The Crimson Link.

Stay engaged with your former classmates. 

Attend annual homecoming events and/or help to plan your class reunion.  The Alumni Association can assist with providing you with information.  Follow us on Facebook at Jacksonville High School Alumni Association. 

Every donation helps to make a difference.

We appreciate your generosity!  The Foundation exists to support the students, teachers, and staff of District #117, and we appreciate the partnership with fellow contributors who also believe in that mission.

All donations are tax deductible.


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The Foundation office is located at 211 W. State Street, Jacksonville, IL 62650.

Mrs. Leslie J. DeFrates
Executive Director
Email:[email protected]
217-243-9411 ext. 1133

Mrs. April Doerr
Office Manager
Email:[email protected]17.org
217-243-9411 ext. 1132

Mission Statement

"It shall be the mission of the Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation to acquire, manage and distribute financial and other resources that shall be used for programs and projects which enhance or supplement Jacksonville School District #117 educational programs and provide enriched opportunities for students".

The Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization led by a board of community and business leaders independent from the District #117 school board. Although the Foundation operates independently from the school district, the Foundation's sole purpose is to support the students and educators of District #117 public schools.

The Foundation works closely with District #117 to ensure it is meeting the needs of Jacksonsonville area students and teachers.  Please contact the Foundation  Executive Director, Leslie DeFrates, at the contact information noted above to find out ways to partner with the Foundation in order to make a difference in the personal and educational lives of future Crimson alumni.

Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors

Helen Baldwin, Joy French Becker, John Buchanan, Bob Chipman, Jeff Coultas, Leslie Smith DeFrates (ex officio), Millie Rowe Deal, Andy Ezard, Ginny Fanning, Mary Nergenah Fergurson, Jacob Freeman, Jane Hadden, Gary Hutchison, Amy Symons Jackson, Terry Jones, and Steve Turner
Board Attorney, Richard Freeman

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