The Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy strives to promote a deeper understanding of literacy and provide enriched literacy opportunities for the learners in Naperville District 203 & 204 public and private schools.


Our fund supports grants to promote a deeper understanding and teaching of literacy, to enrich instructional programs, to provide opportunities to link literacy between the home and the school, and to lay foundations that will develop life-long readers.

meet jeanine

Jeanine Nicarico was a bright-eyed little girl with an endearing, dimpled smile and a sensitive, caring heart. Though her untimely death was tragic, the Fund celebrates her life — it’s a wonderful way to remember Jeanine and the gift she was to all who knew her.

g.l.o.w. 5k

The G.L.O.W. 5K is our annual fundraiser for the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Literacy Fund which allows us to award grants to the community through local private, public schools and organizations.

important updates

              Grant Applications open January 12- April 12, 2024

Registration opening soon for May 29th & 30th Literacy Conference                                   Teach Learn G.L.O.W.

                    “Give Literacy the Opportunity to Win”

Since the spring of 1996, the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy has awarded over 200 grants totaling more than $750,000 to both private and public schools in Naperville School Districts 203 and 204. The grants have benefited all ages, from newborns to senior citizens.

congratulations to our 2022-2023 grant recipients!

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Learn about what’s happening with the fund, deadlines for grant applications, information about our annual 5K fundraiser and more.