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Supporting students in the Moline-Coal Valley School District

The Moline Public Schools Foundation exists to enrich learning opportunities across the Moline-Coal Valley School District by engaging and empowering our diverse community. We do this by providing resources and building partnerships that support teachers and inspire innovation and creativity.

Making a difference for teachers and students

Making our schools the best they can be inspires the work of the Moline Public Schools Foundation.

The Moline-Coal Valley School District is the largest in Northwest Illinois and the 26th largest unit district in the state with more than 7,300 students enrolled at 15 schools.

The Moline Public Schools Foundation impacts students across the district every year through our teacher grant program. We award more than $25,000 annually to help fund projects that enrich learning, encourage innovation and spark creativity.

In addition to our grant program, we also participate in other projects like Read Moline that make a positive difference in the community.

Building on our history

The Moline Public Schools Foundation was founded in 1988. It was the vision and energy of former Moline School District Board President, Janice DeTaeye, that brought the non-profit, non-governmental organization to life.

In partnership with a dedicated superintendent, teachers, and community volunteers, the Moline Public Schools Foundation continued to grow and hired their first part-time Executive Director, Joy Boroff.

Since our founding, the faces of the Executive Director and board members have changed and the needs of the school district have evolved, but the primary mission of the Moline Public Schools Foundation has stayed the same.

Serving the community

The Moline Public Schools Foundation is a tax exempt organization that operates independently from the Board of Education of the Moline-Coal Valley School District.

The foundation is led by an Executive Director and a Board of Directors. Board members are volunteers and passionate advocates of Moline-Coal Valley schools. They support the work of MPSF in a variety of ways through fundraising, communication, allocations and other committee work designed to advance the mission and vision of the organization.

2022-23 Board Members

Amanda Bergeson
Dr. Melissa Birdsell
Debbie Bohman - President
Anna Castro - Treasurer
Karen Dahlstrom - Executive Director
Dr. Matt DeBaene
Bill Karben - Endowment
Sarah Kretschmar
Emily Menke - Secretary
Stephanie Noble
Leslie Perkins
Emily Peterson
Dr. Rachel Savage - MCVSD Superintendent
Brandon Tidwell
Julie Utz
Jessica Zabransky