The Aurora Schools Foundation is a non-profit, charitable, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting the educational programs of the Aurora City Schools. 

Founded in 1994 as an independent community-based organization, the Foundation is governed by a board of trustees comprised of community members and representatives from other school support groups. The Aurora Schools Foundation exists to enhance the educational experience of Aurora City Schools.

ASF Board 2023

Standing: Mark Raab, Derek Hickman, Alyssa Hicks, Erin Quayle, Kristen Zawitz, Kate Fuller, Paul Milcetich
Seated: Katie Trook, Ali Leighton, Rachel Reight, Kurtis Zabell, Gary Brookhart

Not Pictured: Tia Ware and Elissa Katz
Photo taken by AHS student: Lydia Abbuhl

Rachel Reight- President
Elissa Katz- Vice President
Kurtis Zabell- Treasurer
Ali Leighton- Secretary
Gary Brookhart
Kate Fuller
Derek Hickman
Alyssa Hicks
Paul Milcetich
Erin Quayle
Mark Raab
Katie Trook
Tia Ware
Kristen Zawitz

Honorary Trustees
Russ Bennett
Mary Kohanski
Barb Kudley
Craig Moore
Ed Parsons
Bill Stanson
Elizabeth Tomasko

In Memoriam
Linda Allenspach, Trustee
Ken Leighton, Executive Director Emeritus
Sonal Sanghani, Trustee


• Fund Spring & Fall Teacher Grant Requests
• Provide Graduating Senior Scholarships
• Build a Long-Term Invested Endowment
• Fund the Unexpected Grant

getinvolvedbuttonIf you are passionate about the Aurora Public Schools and would like to use your talent to help students achieve lifelong success, we invite you to volunteer for a board position. Please contact the Foundation office if you would like to learn more about our board.

We have a variety of programs to support teachers and help students succeed. You can make a difference by getting involved.

Advocate for ASF by:

clicking here to DONATE or

VOLUNTEER by emailing ASF

We thank those of you who contribute to support our students and schools.

Linda Tacl Allenspach Community Patio

The Aurora Schools Foundation built a beautiful memorial patio in tribute to longtime schools’ volunteer, Linda (Tacl) Allenspach, A.H.S. Class of ’68. The Linda Tacl Allenspach Community Patio, “Linda’s Place,” is located just north of the Concessions Stand at Veterans’ Field. (View location on Google Maps)


Linda Tacl, A.H.S., Class of 1968

Linda passed away in May of 2008, after many years of setting a priceless example of how to be a selfless volunteer in our school community. Linda was always about the kids. She had a vision of building a nice patio where people could gather to eat, converse, enjoy small concerts or watch sporting events from. The Schools Foundation has honored her wish by building this 1300 sq. ft., multi-level patio entirely with private donations. It is a comfortable spot that enhances the Concessions area, allowing Aurora to shine among local sporting venues.


Linda Tacl Allenspach, committed to the Aurora Schools.

Throughout her long tenure as an Aurora City Schools’ volunteer, Linda served in many capacities: from trip chaperone to Sports membership and concessions coordinator, from founding committee member of the Aurora Orchestra Association and the New Aurora High School Alumni Association to ASF Trustee (including Ultimate Booster co-founder and serving as President for almost five years). Long after her three children, Jason, Ryan and Katie, graduated Linda was still found recruiting volunteers or laboring wherever there was a need.

A special tribute area to Linda, which connects two of the three patios, features the brick donor area. Brick orders have been received from A.H.S. Alumni reunion classes, former Foundation Affiliates-Aurora Sports, Band, Choir and Orchestra booster groups (all of which Linda played an important role), local businesses, close friends, family and casual friends respectful of her sense of community.