Our mission

Friends of Swift raises funds to support, enhance, and build the school community at George B. Swift Specialty School. We prioritize and fund programs that promote: arts integration; general and after-school programs; and enrichment for students and staff. Friends of Swift seeks to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for the Swift community and the Edgewater neighborhood.

Our story

Friends of Swift loosely formed in June of 2013 as a group of friends and neighbors who longed to support students at Swift. Since then Friends of Swift has grown to include community members, parents, and businesses throughout Edgewater and Chicago.

Our board

Natalie Archie, Swift parent (Treasurer)

Ally Brisbin, community member (Secretary)

Margaret Hagerty, community member

Jodi Lacy, Swift parent (President)

Colleen Herman, Swift teacher

Laurie Mann, Swift teacher

Kathy O’Shea, Swift teacher

Alan Oviedo, Swift alumni & community member

Nargiza Pulatova, Swift parent (Assistant Treasurer)

Krista Taylor, community member (Vice President)

Our values

  1. We value transparency and integrity. We are open and honest.
  2. We value our community. Cultural and socio-economic diversity makes our community stronger. We welcome varied perspectives that arise from our diverse experiences.
  3. We value creativity. Education opens minds through engaging, enriching, and progressive learning experiences.
  4. We value a supportive learning environment. We encourage empathy, responsibility, civic engagement, collaboration, and mutual respect between students, teachers, staff, and administration.
  5. We value a good time. A community that plays together stays together.

How do I get involved?

Sign up for our e-newsletter, submit a request on our Contact Us page or email us friendsofswift@gmail.com.