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Why Join Friends of Palmer?

Benefit your child.
Research shows that children perform better and behave better in school when parents are involved both at home and at school.

Build community.
Friends of Palmer connects you to other like-minded parents, as well as the teachers and staff, helping build community.

Get connected.
Getting involved keeps you connected to what’s going on at the school.

Be a role model.
By getting involved, you show your student(s) the importance you place on education. If you value it, they will too.

Your vote counts.
By becoming a member, you have a voice in what programs are offered and how fundraising money is spent.


Membership is just $10 per family. Join today! →

Support Excellence at Palmer Elementary School

Palmer teachers, staff, parents and neighbors all help make Palmer excellent and contributed to Palmer’s impressive achievement of CPS’ Level 1+ rating, the highest possible.

Friends of Palmer provides additional financial support that makes Palmer not just good, but great. It helps fill gaps if and when CPS budgets are cut. It supports enrichment programs, classroom enhancements, technology upgrades and opportunities to launch new and innovative projects.

Donations help support:

  • Reading intervention services for students who struggle at their grade level

  • Field trip experiences for students outside of school

  • Aides and staff assistance in classrooms

  • Materials and books to support the current curriculum in math, reading and science

  • Installation of Chromebooks in every classroom

  • Team Sports

  • Merit School of Music Band Program

  • Joffrey Ballet Dance Program

  • Facilities improvements including the Palmer Greenspace Initiative



With your help, we can minimize the effects of budget cuts (both now and in the future), retain important programs and resources, and continue to provide our students with a first-rate education.

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Local businesses and organizations help to keep Palmer excellent by providing financial support, sponsoring events and donating goods and services. Is your business or organization interested in giving back to the Palmer community?

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Our work is only possible with the time and effort given by our volunteers. If you’d like to give some of your time and talent to help us reach our goals, please join us!

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