All Kindergartener’s at the Evelyn Alexander School (formerly North Elementary School) in North Chicago received new backpacks and reading/picture books at their “meet and greet” night recently. Principal Andres Orbe thanked the Kiwanis Foundation of Lake Bluff & Lake Forest for its generous donation.
“What a thoughtful donation for children starting school,” he said, adding that some students immediately sat down and started looking through their new books.
The Kiwanis Foundation selected Evelyn Alexander School because some of its members are involved with Reading Power, a non-profit organization that tutors students in reading at the school. Maureen Biedermann, a former teacher, member and tutor, was instrumental in organizing the donation. She saw a smile on all the children’s faces and believes this is a great introduction for student to school, let alone reading.
The Kiwanis Foundation hopes to provide backpacks and books every year. “It fits perfectly with the Kiwanis’ motto of Serving the Children,” said club President David Lee.
Submitted by Kiwanis Foundation