Giving to TCS

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NEWS 4.26.2022

It is with sadness that we announce that the in-person portion of our 2022 Benefit Gala is postponed to the Fall, 2022.

We are experiencing an increase in positive cases of COVID both in our broader community and the school. In order to prioritize the kids staying in school for the last 6 weeks, we have decided to postpone the in-person portion of our event. We want to protect, as much as possible, the kids' ability to participate in their year-end traditions and celebrations, including the Hootenanny (May 12), the publishing party (end of May), and the 8th-grade graduation (June 2). We are disappointed, but we feel it is the right thing to do.

The benefit is still TCS’ most important fundraiser of the year and that part of the event WILL go on! Then, in the fall when the weather is more predictable and pleasant, we will host a FUNraiser - hopefully also in Thatcher Woods - to just celebrate and be social with fellow parents, and enjoy the libations and treats as we would have this Saturday night.

So this week is still all about the fundraiser and WHY we host this event. Our WHY is the children in our classrooms each day. That’s why we exist, that’s why we strive to keep tuition low, and that’s why we host this end-of-year celebration and fundraiser.

The silent auction IS OPEN and chock full of great items and experiences. Look for ways to treat yourself, score a tax-exempt Mother’s Day gift (?!), maybe a bottle of bourbon, or for a one-of-a-kind teacher-hosted experience (horseback riding! Principal for a day! TCS Librarian for a day!). So many great options and all in support of progressive education. Our goals are just as ambitious (we aim to raise $34,000!) as our classrooms are dynamic and celebratory of students.

We have "pivoted" yet again to keep safety first and still have some fun benefit-themed treats to share with you throughout this week. So jump in, start bidding, and watch for more surprises in your inbox. And thanks for your support!

The 2022 Annual Benefit Committee

Silent Auction and Raffle Instructions

If you registered for a ticket, you should have received a text message with your unique link to see the items and start bidding. If you didn't get a text message, that means you need to register! 


Bidding is done through your cellphone through your own unique link, which gets you in through your account.


If you registered for tickets but didn't provide a phone number, you won't get the link and won't be able to bid. You must Sign In to your account, edit your profile, and include your mobile number.


If you didn't reserve a ticket and want to bid: go to the ticket section and select the "Can't attend but want to bid" free ticket option.


We have some exciting items, and it's fun to browse even if you don't think you'll bid. But we bet you will once you see the items!


Happy Bidding!

Why Give to The Children’s School?

The Children’s School relies on donations and gifts to bridge the gap between program cost and tuition. Your donations help assure that our students and teachers have access to needed learning resources.

How do you keep a child’s sense of curiosity and wonder alive? Especially when so much of our lives seem to be two-dimensional and coming to us on screens. At the same time, how do you develop a deep love of learning and a full range of academic skills? 


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We do it through an innovative and emergent curriculum that honors students’ interests, coupled with dynamic and talented faculty that make exploration and hands-on learning fun.

And we've only been able to do it so well thanks to the generosity of our donors, families, and alumni who give so much during our annual appeal. We count on them, and you, to donate what we need to bridge the gap between what tuition covers and our actual program costs.

This year, we've expanded our Middle-Level science program, adding an extra faculty member. We've enriched our outdoor space and nature-play area, and added a pocket prairie garden.

We have big goals this year for bringing even more learning opportunities to our students, while continuing to remain the most affordable progressive education option in the midwest region.

Won't you help us keep our programs strong! Give today:

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Expand Our Reach

When you give to TCS, you help us keep our tuition costs affordable for more families, and to offer more financial aid, thereby helping strengthen our commitment to educational equity.

Choose whatever giving area fits your interest and give at whatever level feels best.

We welcome one-time and recurring gifts:


Give to Our Student Programs

This funding stream supports classroom supplies, mentors, virtual and in-person field trips, and classroom technology that help students reach their academic and socio-emotional learning goals in our progressive education setting.

Give to Our Social Justice Work

We aim to provide our students developmentally appropriate ways to understand and address imperative social issues like racial and economic inequities, environmental protection, animal welfare, and civil/human rights for all people. This funding stream supports resources for our social justice curriculum and school-wide social justice focus, including transportation for field trips, guest speakers, and art materials.

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Give to the Daniel P. Ryan Fund
for Financial Aid

We’re committed to helping families who wish to enroll their child at TCS, but who may need assistance in meeting tuition costs. The stronger our financial aid fund, the better able we are to create a strong and diverse student community that’s representative of our wider community. 

Join Our Cause!

In addition to the above, we invite you to participate in our:


Annual Appeal

Gifts to our annual appeal support general operating funds that give TCS flexibility to make investments in such program components as facility improvements and faculty professional development. Our annual appeal is generally held during the winter holiday season at the end of the calendar year.


Annual Benefit

The Children's School holds an annual benefit for families, friends, faculty, alumni and those who support progressive education in our communities. This event is both a ‘friendraiser’ and ‘fundraiser’ as we celebrate our partnership with parents to create a dynamic learning space for children. Our annual benefit is generally held in the spring.


For more information on giving to The Children's School, please contact our Donor Relations Associate, Lela D. Manning, MBA at

To make a general donation online, please click the "Donate Now" button.

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