By Terry Dean
Lose your cellphone or wallet somewhere at Oak Park and River Forest High School? You better claim it by Saturday, Feb. 1, or it'll be shipped off to the Oak Park Police Department.
OPRF's "security vault," of lost or unclaimed cellphones, wallets, jewelry and other small items is filled to capacity, according to school officials. Students who've lost any such items are encouraged to visit OPRF's security office to claim them.
Randy Braverman, OPRF's director of campus security, says the school also has bikes and clothing that have gone unclaimed. The school currently has two bikes housed in its on-campus storage facility that are unclaimed, while last summer there were more than a dozen. If unclaimed by Saturday, the phones and other small items will be sent to the Oak Park police, Braverman said.
The deadline for unclaimed clothing is Friday, Feb. 14, after which those items will be donated to the Economy Shop in Oak Park.
As to why students aren't claiming lost their cell phones — some of which are fairly new — Braverman's not sure. Those and other small items are kept in a locked safe, which is nearing capacity.
Braverman said the school wants to get these items back to the students before they're removed from campus. Items belonging to teachers, he added, also occasionally end up in the lost-and-found. Parents can also inquire about lost items possibly belong to their students.
For more information, visit OPRF's Welcome Center or call 708-434-3099.