Dewitt Clinton Elementary and Frazier Preparatory Academy
On Wednesday, September 5, we surprised the students at Dewitt Clinton Elementary in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, thanks to a caring 8th grade math teacher, Jason Zak. As a result of Mr. Zak’s application, including a powerful essay on the importance of what it would mean for his school to win, more than 1,100 of our signature Back 2 School kits were given out that day, one to each and every student. According to Mr. Zak, most of the students’ parents can’t afford to buy school supplies, leaving them unprepared for a successful year in school.
The distribution event took place outside on the playground, as the auditorium was under renovation—another gift to the students that they soon would be able to enjoy. Principal Maureen Delgado, Assistant Principal Chor Ng, and Mr. Zak, as well as their Alderman Patrick J. O’Connor, all spoke to the students. Our CEO Matthew Kurtzman also addressed the group before the real fun began: handing out the Back 2 School kits to a lot of happy children.
Our second lucky winner was Frazier Preparatory Academy of the North Lawndale neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. Their school was nominated by physical education teacher and Sports Director Eric Clark, a man full of passion to help children in the community get a better education. His essay touched on the school’s unique approach and mission, which is “to bring to the forefront for our scholars the most important aspects of education, utility and culture.” The Back 2 School kits were handed out during an assembly, which included some inspirational comments by Principal Quincy Jones, Mr. Clark, and Alderman Michael Scott. Prior to the kits being handed out, the students joined in the recitation of the school anthem, which spells out the guiding principles for all Frazier students.