OPRF Alumni Association Summer Enrichment Grant Challenge campaign successfully launches

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By Community Editor

A jazzy rendition of "We're loyal to you, Oak Park High" was played on the evening of November 2nd as 100 plus friends and fans of OPRFHS gathered to kick off the OPRFHS Alumni Association Summer Enrichment Grant Challenge Campaign.

The Alumni Association has been blessed with an anonymous donor who is challenging the community with a matching grant in order to build a $500,000 Summer Enrichment Grant (SEG) endowment.

SEGs are scholarships distributed by the Alumni Association to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors tofacilitate summer learning.

We're not talking about summer school, but rather summer enrichment opportunities. This type of summer learning can take students near and far and is best described as immersion into an academic and/or career interest. Examples of summer enrichment programs include:

  • The Physics Honor Class at Northwestern University immerses students in the academic subject and campus living.
  • The Early College Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago immerses students in a full-time art school experience.
  • A homestay French language exchange immerses students in France and French society.

These types of experiences are considered life changing and allow for career exploration and advance college readiness.

So, while it was a gorgeous fundraiser on an exceptional autumn evening, the work of the Challenge Campaign is serious business. So far the campaign has raised $47,000 toward the endowment and we have until July 1, 2015 to earn $153,000 more to achieve our fundraising goal.

Support the Alumni Association's Summer Enrichment Grant program by donating to the Challenge Campaign.

Change a student, advance our community! For more information, contact the OPRFHS Alumni Association at (708) 434-3281, alumniassociation@oprfhs.org.

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