Hamilton Action Team


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Hamilton Action Team (HAT) is a parent group supporting Hamilton through fundraising and other volunteer activities with a commitment to make Hamilton a great school for all its students.  The group was formed in March 2006 by a group of parents passionate about Hamilton, and then incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit a year later.  All Hamilton parents are welcome and encouraged to join HAT in supporting our school.

HAT meetings will typically be held the third Wednesday of most months during the school year at 6:30 p.m. in the Hamilton library. Check the school calendar for our meeting dates.



Hamilton relies on you, the parents, to make the difference for our children. Your active involvement in fundraising and volunteer efforts provide crucial support to the school. Without your participation, HAT would not have the resources to provide the many different support activities for the school. These activities help raise capital dollars and also promote student, parent and community collaboration in a productive and often social setting.


Volunteers are our best asset. The more involvement and ideas we have, the more we can enrich the experience of Hamilton students. HAT depends on student, parent and community volunteers to organize fundraising activities big and small, coordinate community service projects, and host teacher appreciation week.

Interested in participating?  For more information on how to get involved in HAT, whether through volunteering, donations or sponsorships, please contact HAT Involvement.


HAT fundraising events, anchored by our annual Walkathon and Auction, have provided much needed support for capital projects and curriculum enhancements. The following list represents several projects that HAT has funded. These would otherwise be prohibitive due to budget constraints.

Auditorium / Gym sound systemGymnasium equipment upgrades
New playground structureDesignated science lab
Teaching gardenTurf athletic field
Classroom dance studio
- custom built dance floor
- mirrors and bar
Expand classroom technology
- additional iPad purchases
- interactive whiteboards
Makers lab1-to-1 student-to-computer ratio



The HAT Board is comprised of up to ten members from the Hamilton Community.

2016/2017 Board Members

amanda_hPresidentAmanda Hughesamandahughes8903@gmail.com
Vice-PresidentHolly Kohlihjnak4@gmail.com
SecretaryAmber Lisetamemille@gmail.com
virginia_lTreasurerGinny Lombardlombardvirginia@gmail.com
alexander_hPast PresidentJensea Chromyjensea.chromy@gmail.com
carrie_mDirectorCarrie Merrittcarriemerritt1@gmail.com
jennie_fDirectorJennie Framptonjenmistretta@comcast.net
DirectorKate Kriessljandubay@hotmail.com
DirectorScott Barsky
alexander_hDirectorShari Rogersshrogers61@aol.com
DirectorTommy Henrytommyhenry@comcast.net
DirectorValerie Harrellvaharrell06@yahoo.com

2016/2017 Board Meeting Dates

September 27, 2017Meeting AgendaFebruary 21, 2018Meeting Agenda
October 18, 2017Meeting AgendaMarch 21, 2018Meeting Agenda
November 8, 2017Meeting AgendaApril 18, 2018Meeting Agenda
December 13, 2017Meeting AgendaMay 16, 2018Meeting Agenda
January 17, 2018Meeting AgendaJune 13, 2018Meeting Agenda


HAT Committees have either one or several dedicated members that organize specific events and recruit volunteers throughout the school year as well as during the summer months.  If you are interested in a specific event(s), a list of committees and contacts are provided below.

2016/2017 Committee List / Contacts

Auction (Patriot's Ball)Jensea Chromyjensea.chromy@gmail.com
Amanda Hughesamandahughes8903@gmail.com
Jan McDermitjandubay@hotmail.com
Box TopsLeslie Wyattleslie_mccarter@hotmail.com
Charitable RewardsTommy Henrytommyhenry@comcast.net
Communications - HAT EmailsJensea Chromyjensea.chromy@gmail.com
Communications - Social MediaJessica McCartneyjessmccartney@mac.com
Communications - WebsiteValerie Harrellvaharrell06@yahoo.com
Community ServiceChris Freeburgchristinefreeburg@gmail.com
Shari Rogersshrogers61@aol.com
Cornhole TournamentJensea Chromyjensea.chromy@gmail.com
Holly Kohlihjnak4@gmail.com
Jenny Nechelesjennynecheles@hotmail.com
Family Game NightEmily Basqueemily.basque@gmail.com
Gear SalesCarrie Merrittcarriemerritt1@gmail.com
Giving Tuesday (Tuesday after Black Friday)Amanda Hughesamandahughes8903@gmail.com
Golf OutingTim Hydetim.hyde1969@yahoo.com
Ginny Lombardlombardvirginia@gmail.com
Pat Ryanpjrchicago@sbcglobal.net
Graphic Designing - Patriot's Ball / Golf OutingKevin McGroatykevin@grifter-design.com
Graphic Designing - Business Partnerships / OtherAmber Lisetamemille@gmail.com
Grants & SponsorshipsBirdie Sotibirdie.soti@chijazphil.org
Hamilton Happy Hour NightJensea Chromyjensea.chromy@gmail.com
Amanda Hughesamandahughes8903@gmail.com
Jan McDermitjandubay@hotmail.com
Junior Hat BoardAlly Langanlang@cps.edu
Literacy NightLiz Mouselizmouse@gmail.com
Pride of the Patriot's AwardMeghan Brewermkbrewer@cps.edu
Jensea Chromyjensea.chromy@gmail.com
Amy Vondraaevondra@cps.edu
Pumpkin PatchStacey Balkanskystaceybalkansky@hotmail.com
Jennie Framptonjenmistretta@comcast.net
Melissa Kanemkanemortgage@gmail.com
School PicturesKelly Shermachkellyshermach@yahoo.com
Social CommitteeJennie Framptonjenmistretta@comcast.net
Holly Kohlihjnak4@gmail.com
Shari Rogersshrogers61@aol.com
Erin Sandersemsanders@hotmail.com
Teacher AppreciationMaria Praddmariapradd@mac.com
Heather Samsonhsamson3@gmail.com
Used Book SaleAlly Langanlang@cps.edu
WalkathonHolly Kohlihjnak4@yahoo.com
Carrie Merrittcarriemerritt1@gmail.com
Kevin Sheridankevin@sheridancontract.com