Eichelberger Elementary marks 10th year with community party

  Elizabeth “Bess” Eichelberger was a Plainfield-area icon whose love for children and families knew no bounds, geographical or otherwise.

So what better way, then for the elementary school named for Eichelberger to celebrate its 10th anniversary than with a community-wide party?

All District 202-area residents, family and friends are invited to “Gatorfest” from August 31 to September 3, 2017 at the school, 12450 S. Essington Road, Plainfield. Eichelberger Elementary opened in fall 2008. This is its 10th school year.

“Gatorfest” will include carnival rides, games, live music, food trucks, face painting, a vendor fair, and more.

The event will be open from 5-9 p.m. August 31; 5-10 p.m. September 1; 12-10 p.m. September 2; and 12-5 p.m. September 3. Four-day, unlimited ride passes are available for $45 online, or $40 cash or check at Eichelberger Elementary School.

School and District 202 officials will recognize and honor Ron and Kathy Kazmar at 4 p.m. Saturday, September 2, 2017. The Kazmars were long-time friends of Elizabeth Eichelberger and remain generous supporters of the school.

Mrs. Eichelberger died in February 2009. She was renowned for her passion for volunteerism. She served nearly 26 years on the Board of Education, then continued until this year as a Board Ambassador.

She also served as a member or director of numerous community organizations including the Will County United Way; C.W. Avery YMCA; the Rotary; St. Mary’s Immaculate Parish; and the Plainfield High School – Central Campus Athletic and Band Booster groups, among numerous others.

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit or follow “Gatorfest” on Facebook and Instagram.