The District 124 Foundation’s new leadership team is excited to be hosting the seventh annual Back to School Bash from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, at Central Middle School.
This year’s bash will feature all of the fun and exciting games, performances and raffle prizes that District 124 families have grown accustomed to over the years – in addition to something new.
This year’s Bash will include a gently-used shoe drive. Participants who donate a pair of shoes will be given a free raffle ticket that can be used to win many outstanding prizes. The shoes will later be sent to Funds2orgs, and organization that will write a check to the Foundation for the donation and send the shoes to people in need.
The idea to add the shoe drive came from Laura Sexton who, along with Ken Fryer, is a new co-president of the D124 Foundation. That pair, along with Vice President Linda Panico, Secretary Colleen Boyer, and Treasurer Tim Kostecki, make up the new Foundation Board.
Fryer said he’s thrilled to take on the new leadership position and is excited to do what he can to support the students of District 124.
“Our goal will be to promote and grow the foundation so we can reach more teachers, which in turn will benefit all of the students of the district,” he said.
Sexton agreed, stating that her goal is to “provide 100 percent full integrity, authenticity, and commitment to something bigger than [herself].”
The mission of the Foundation is to enrich the quality of educational opportunities and experiences available to all District 124 students and teachers. The Foundation accomplishes this by raising funds throughout the year, and putting that money back into the District by awarding grants geared toward enhancing the education of District students.
This year’s Back to School Bash will be the first event hosted under the Foundation’s new leadership team.
During the Bash, entertainment will be provided by local groups such as Mongan Dance Academy, Woori Taekwondo Academy, the EP Recreation Department Dance Students, and the EPCHS Marching Band and Color Guard.
Local food vendors will include American Dog and Burger, Barraco's, Cravings and The Whistle.
Community organizations present will include the Evergreen Park Fire and Police Departments, the Evergreen Park Public Library, the Evergreen Park Recreation Department, the Booster Clubs of all five District schools, and more.