Wally was a teacher in the West Aurora School District for more than 30 years. His memory will soon be honored in the form of the Wally Smith Playground at Nancy Hill School in Aurora, IL. Ben Smith (Wally’s son) has been a valued employee at ILoca since 2014 and any contributions to help make this beautiful park a reality would be greatly appreciated. An entire community will benefit. Thus, the Wally Smith Playground Fund has been established.

Established 2018

A recent picture of the late Wally Smith.

The West High Class of ’68 teams with the Fox Valley Park District, District 129 and the A+ Foundation to create playground at Nancy Hill School in honor of their late classmate Wally Smith.

The dream – to build Wally Smith Playground

Is there a better way to honor our peers and to provide for the needs of our children than to install a much-needed playground at Hill School?

The need for a playground

The original Nancy Hill School was demolished in 2016 and replaced in 2017.  It provides a totally modern facility for the kindergarten-through fifth grade classes of that neighborhood.  While there is a small playground for the youngest, there is no playground for the older kids.  There’s no other playground in the vicinity, either.

The inspiration

Many of you know Wally, who was a student at Nancy Hill in his youth.  He was active in every dimension then and continued to stay involved into adulthood.  After Wally earned his degree, he returned to Nancy Hill School where he began his teaching career.

A pictures of Wally Smith as a child during his years at Nancy Hill School in Aurora, IL.

What makes Wally special?

Wally always had the needs of others in mind.  He was ready, willing and able to help no matter what the time of day or night.  Wally could be counted on to always do the right thing.  He was there for adults and children alike.

The goal

We want to convey his spirit and values into future generations.  What better way to honor, commemorate and inspire than with a legacy that reflects his values?

Our target is to raise $25,000 to complement the funds that the park district and the school district can allocate.  We want to raise this by the end of September 2018, so we can meet the cycle for budgeting and construction planning.  We could have dedication in the summer of 2019.

How To Contribute to the Wally Smith Playground Fund

Click the “Donate Now” button to make a gift online via credit or debit card.  If you would prefer to make a gift by check, please include a Contribution Form or make your check payable to the Wally Smith Playground Fund and mail to:

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
111 West Downer Place, Suite 312
Aurora, IL  60506

Wally Smith Playground Fund