Over the past 3 years our neighborhood Chicago Public School, Portage Park, has managed to make several incredible advancements despite the many financial obstacles repeatedly thrown our way. A couple of examples:
Our Level 1 Fine Arts Program: As a neighborhood school, we have managed to produce extremely high quality performances and exhibitions, sending graduates to distinguished Fine Arts High Schools.
Last year, we sent a group of 4th grade students to the National Invention Convention in Washington D.C. One of our students ended up the National Champion and another placed 3rd! This would not have been possible with out the donations that we received from people like you.
This year, we are looking to continue our school’s improvement by adding a much-needed upgrade to our auditorium. We are fortunate enough to have one of the original WPA-built Chicago Public School auditoriums, complete with grand craftsmanship and artistry. Over the past few years we have been working on restoring this space into a high-functioning, technologically sound auditorium. We are raising money this year for a projector. This would aide in better facilitating and presenting student assemblies, performances, live-streaming cultural events that the entire student body can witness, faculty meetings, school-to-parent communication, and events such as our “Parent’s Night Out,” Parent Math Nights, High School admittance workshops, and help to create a space that gathers and strengthens the connection between the school and the community that it belongs to.
Your contribution to our school’s non-profit organization, Portage Park Helping Hands, shows that you believe in the importance of local schools, necessity of the fine arts, and most importantly that public schools are not places to apologize for, but places that amaze and astound.