Did you know that Prospect has a sister school? We are proud to say that for more than 20 years, Prospect School has partnered with William Penn Elementary in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago, as our “Sister School.” William Penn services over 225 students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade.


Prospect supports Penn in a variety of ways:

  • Coat Drives
  • Toy Drives
  • Raising money through the Book Fair’s Pennies for Penn coin collection
  • Purchasing core curriculum books and recess toys
  • Teacher “Wishlist” drives

The major focus of the partnership lies in running The Ollie Store, a monthly rewards store in the lower level of Penn School. Penn students receive “Olliebucks” (named after their principal, Dr. Ollie) from their teachers as a means for positive reinforcement for student behavior and attendance. Once a month, students can visit the Ollie store and purchase fun items, all provided by funds donated from the Prospect School community. Students can also take as many donated books as they want. Prospect School parent volunteers have the opportunity to travel to Penn monthly to run the store.


Prospect students also make a difference and get involved by attending joint field trips with Penn, and writing grants through the D181 Foundation to provide support for Penn.



Join our committee and help staff the monthly Ollie Store. It is so rewarding! If you would like to help purchase items to stock the Ollie Store, please check out our William Penn Wishlist!