Our Mission

Friends of McPherson works to enhance learning opportunities for students and fosters relationships between parents, community members and school staff. We endorse McPherson as an exceptional school and encourage neighborhood families to attend their neighborhood school and get involved in its educational and community programs.


Parents say…

"This school was a breath of fresh air in the overly-hyped and overly-waitlisted atmosphere of private schools in Chicago. This pre-K4 program (and this year, Kindergarten) was the best thing that could have happened to our bright, highly energetic child... they exceeded where the private schools simply couldn’t due to lack of resources. If you want a full staff who can exercise every option to help your child learn, give McPherson a try. It is better than we could have hoped and it fits our child's learning methods perfectly."

— August 18, 2015


What we Do

Build Community Connections:
• Local Businesses
• Elected Officials and Community Leaders 
• Neighborhood Families 
• Local Media Outlets 
• Community Events and Outreach 

Create Academic and Enrichment Opportunities for Students:
• Energizabulls Fitness Center
• Art Studio
• The Kitchen Community: Learning Garden
• Common Threads Nutritious Cooking Program
• FOM Wishlist Program to Support Teacher Classroom Needs
• Bus Fund to Support Field Trips


Provide School Support:
• Employee of the Month to Celebrate Teacher & Staff Contributions 
• Recruit Volunteers
• Help with Special Events Staffing
• Organize Paper Drives
• Host Teacher Appreciation Events
• Aid in Communication Initiatives

Raise Funds:
• FOM Gift Card Program
• Market Day Grocery Fundraiser
• Corporate, Foundation and Individual Donors 
• In-Kind Donations
• Fundraising Parties 
• Entertainment Events
• Grant Opportunities
• FOM Dine-Out Program