So this is my donation for this year's silent auction fundraiser for Stone Academy in West Ridge, which my son attends. Built around 1928 and named in honor of Leander Stone, this was likely designed by John C. Christensen, who was the architect for the Chicago Board of Education at the time. It's a popular design for small neighborhood schools of that era, with an auditorium on one end and the gymnasium on the other. Separate entrances allow those portions of the school to operate independently if needed. This is a brick and terracotta school in fairly good shape, although it could benefit from new windows and central air conditioning.
|Stone Academy, 6239 N. Leavitt|
Like many public schools in Chicago Stone struggles with underfunding, overcrowding, and high levels of poverty. To the credit of its teachers and administrators it manages to provide first rate programs for the students. But this is also supported by active parents who are willing to raise funds to maintain the school's emphasis on the arts and technology. In an urban school district it's really not enough to drop off your kids and hope for the best. There has to be an involvement of both time and money on behalf of the parents and the community. So for that reason I hope this drawing will do its part to bring in a little bit for the school. I think I need to put it in a frame...
If anyone out there wants to attend this fundraiser it will be at the Raven Theater on Sunday, March 2nd, and includes a play and food! Here's a link to the event.