A reader writes about the importance of our local schools and why we need raises additional funds:
When looking at successful neighborhoods throughout Chicago, it can be noticed that a thriving neighborhood public school invigorates a community and boosts property values. The South Loop neighborhood is lucky to have one of these schools.(Hat tip: RAF!)
South Loop Elementary School, a PK-8 institution tucked away in two locations on Archer/Dearborn (PK and K) and Dearborn Park II (1-8th Grades) is our neighborhood's public elementary school. It has both a neighborhood academic program (attendance area is north of 18th Street, south of Randolph, east of Chicago River and west of Lake Michigan) and a prestigious city-wide Regional Gifted Center.
Consistently being rated one of Chicago's best academic models, South Loop Elementary School is more than a school. It's a diverse learning community of students, families and educational leaders who value and support a high-quality learning environment for everyone. The number of students who meet or exceed state standards increased to 91% in 2009. This is an outstanding achievement that is a testament to our valued staff, administration, parents and families. Together we have created a school of choice for our neighborhood and for the city at large.
Unfortunately, celebrated academic achievement and increased enrollment does not bring the school more public funding. In fact, government funds are decreasing. As such, South Loop School administration must choose how to most effectively allot limited resources so that our school and children continue to succeed and thrive at unparalleled levels. Private fundraising and local partnerships are of utmost importance.
Friends and Family of South Loop School, Inc., a non-profit 501c3 organization established to enhance the educational experience of students at South Loop Elementary School, will host its 8th annual Spring Benefit on May 6th. The event is at Pazzo's at 6PM and we welcome all members of the community to attend. Tickets and information are available on the school website.
This is the major fundraiser for our school and all proceeds from the event will benefit the school by providing funds for educational programs, school improvements, and classroom supplies. This year, the primary focus is to raise money to fund a full-time band teacher for next year and to purchase updated technology for the classrooms. Please consider sponsoring our endeavor, or donating an item or two for our silent auction so that we can utilize those funds to provide resources not available through the normal school budget but required to enhance the education of our children. Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of Friends and Family of South Loop School, and particularly our over 600 PK-8th grade students, we thank you for your interest and support. To find out more about South Loop Elementary School please visit our web site at http://www.southloopschool.net/. Registration has begun for the 2011-2012 school year!