Wednesday, July 12, 2006

[An Appeal From Susan Buchanan]

Hello Farmer’s Market Friends,
My husband’s co-worker is collecting musical instruments for a worthy cause. Please read below and consider donating any old instruments you have lying around the basement!

St. Gregory Episcopal School is in need of musical instruments for their summer music program that is going on now through August. They are looking for any and all musical instruments - flutes, clarinets, electric guitars, bass guitars, horns, violins, etc. Your donation will greatly enhance this summer program which offers the young men of SGES new opportunity to be exposed and learn to play a diverse range of instruments.

Alexis Leslie is the coordinator at the school for donations. You can contact her at 2130 South Central Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60623-3113; 773-277-4447 (with voice mail), 773-277-4445 (fax) or contact Rev. Don Frye at 630-290-6704 to arrange pick up and delivery of your donations.

History of SGES
St. Gregory Episcopal School was established in 1962 by the Rev. R. L. Whitehouse and Gordon L. Baker. Its founders envisioned a liturgical and educational institution patterned after the all-male English Cathedral choir schools, but situated within the urban context of Chicago. Founded as an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, the school shared space within the church and its parish hall until August 2002. Enrollment was necessarily small (under 30) given the limited amount of space.

In August of 2002 St. Gregory’s moved to a shuttered school building in Chicago’s North Lawndale community. With the additional space at our new location, we realized a long term desire to add a kindergarten class. There was also room for a computer lab, a library, a lunchroom and a small parking lot that doubles as a playground. In many ways, we became a brand new school, and we are still evolving.

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