Skate the afternoon away on behalf of Central School

Published2/12/2009 12:02 AM

Local schoolchildren and their parents will have the opportunity to help preserve Mount Prospect's 1896 Central School and support the Mount Prospect Historical Society on Feb. 16 when the society and the Mount Prospect Park District team up for their fifth annual Presidents Day Roller Skating Party, noon to 5 p.m. at the Central Community Center, 1000 W. Central Road, Mount Prospect.

The Historical Society will soon kick off Phase II of its Central School campaign, according to Executive Director Gregory Peerbolte.


"Now that the school has arrived safely at its new home on the museum campus, work will proceed to fully repair and restore the structure, in order to make it accessible to the community," he said.

Peerbolte said the schoolhouse will be used as a multi-purpose exhibit space, educational facility and community meeting area, "in the tradition of its previous roles in village history."

Admission for the skating party is $5. A limited number of skates will be available for rental from the park district for an additional $5, but skaters are encouraged to bring their own skates.

Disc jockey services for the afternoon will be provided by Ed Johnson, a member of the society's board of directors.

The skating party is open to students from all schools in Mount Prospect, but children fourth grade and under must be accompanied by a n adult.

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Pizza, pop and snacks will be sold as part of the fundraising effort, Peerbolte said, so plan on enjoying your lunch at the CCC, too.

Pennies for Pasta: Prospect High School will conduct its 15th annual all-school fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America beginning next week and running through March 13.

The Pennies for Pasta campaign is always a friendly contest between seventh period classes to see which class can raise the most funds for leukemia research. The class that raises the most money per student wins a free lunch from the Olive Garden. That's where the "pasta" comes in!

Last year the campaign netted over $2,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, according to Dave Jacobson, Prospect's Service Learning Coordinator. That brought the school's 14-year total to more than $46,000.

Okie Dokie Karaoke: Adults only are invited to a night of free karaoke fun from 8-11 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Mount Prospect Park District's Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines.

The park district will supply the microphone and karaoke lovers can take center stage to perform melodies to help everyone chase away the winter doldrums. Go applaud your friends for their ability ... or their audacity!

A cash bar and food concessions will be available. Call (847) 298-3500 for details.

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