Facebook Twitter

CPS teacher, her family among those wounded in Highland Park shooting

More than $102,000 has been raised to help Dever Elementary teacher Zoe Kolpack and her family. She, her husband, her father, and her brother-in-law were shot.

A woman with long hair and a man with a beard hold two young children, whose faces have been blurred.

Teacher Zoe Kolpack (left) and her relatives were among those wounded in a Monday mass shooting in Highland Park. Block Club has blurred the faces of Kolpack’s children, who were unharmed.


CHICAGO — More than $100,000 has been raised to help a Chicago Public Schools teacher and her family after they were wounded in the Highland Park mass shooting Monday.

Teacher Zoe Kolpack, her husband, her father, and her brother-in-law were among the more than 30 victims of the shooting, according to a GoFundMe raising money to support their recovery. Kolpack and her husband were shot in front of their two young children, who were unharmed, according to the fundraiser.

Kolpack is a prekindergarten teacher at William Dever Elementary School on the Far Northwest Side, according to the school’s website and the GoFundMe.

The Chicago Teachers Union shared the GoFundMe and asked people to help the family. A CTU spokesperson confirmed the fundraiser will benefit the Kolpack family.

The conditions of Kolpack and her family members were not immediately available, but they were hospitalized and needed “various surgeries, which will seriously impact these families financially,” according to the fundraiser.

The families of current and former Dever students donated and left comments wishing Kolpack and her family a quick recovery. More than $102,000 had been raised by Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after the shooting. You can donate to the fundraiser here.

The mass shooting happened Monday morning in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago, as families and neighbors gathered to celebrate at a Fourth of July parade. A gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing at least six people and wounding more than 30.

The shooting led to an hours-long manhunt, with residents of the suburb told to stay inside as the gunman was considered armed and dangerous. A person of interest was eventually taken into custody, with charges expected to be filed.

This story was originally published by Block Club Chicago.

The Latest
Ahead of the school year, Chicago Public Schools is encouraging families to sign up for its preschool program, which has thousands of open seats.
The seven campuses in the LEARN Charter School Network began the school year on Monday, two weeks before Chicago Public Schools. The network usually starts in early August.
Culinary camp is among dozens of summer programs offered by Chicago Public Schools. The district enrolled more than 90,000 students, but some programs struggled to serve as many children as they hoped.
According to the Illinois board of education’s funding formula, Chicago will receive a smaller than expected share of new state education funding this year.
Backpacks, notebooks, pencils, and other school supplies will see a reduced tax rate for the next two weeks.
The state overpaid Chicago Public Schools $87.5 million between 2019 and 2022. Now, the district must pay $11 million annually through 2030.