South Loop School seeks more funds
November 6, 2009

The South Loop Elementary School Local School Council (LSC) in September proposed leasing the school’s parking lot during Chicago Bears games to raise money for the lot’s upkeep during winter months.

With football season already underway, however, and some local residents opposing the idea, the LSC has dropped the plan for now, said Tara Shelton, the school’s principal. At a recent South Loop School Council LSC meeting, Shelton said the LSC and school supporters continue to seek funding ideas to make up shortfalls from City and State sources. She added that fundraising efforts pay for many curriculum offerings such as a language program held during school hours. Supporters also are working to raise $9,000 to buy new musical instruments for the school’s band.

The school has received a grant for after-school math and reading tutoring for grades five, six, and seven. It also is launching a number of new programs including a debate team, a journalism class that will produce a quarterly newspaper that may accept paid advertising, and a photojournalism class.

South Loop School is located at 1212 S. Plymouth Ct. Call (773) 534-8690.

– Marie Balice Ward

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