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Laura Bush presents a grant from her Foundation for American Libraries to the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences

Congratulation to Shirley Saldana, the Chief Librarian for the Chicago High
School for Agricultural Sciences, on her award winning grant application to the
Laura Bush Foundation for American Libraries. This week, First Lady Laura Bush
came to Chicago to present a $5,000 grant to the CHSAS Library and three other
Chicago public schools . These schools represented 160 schools nationally who
will be able to expand their library collections because of the committment of
the First Lady to education.

This has a great year of awards and recognition for CHSAS and shows the
potential of the Chicago Public Schools and the special at the school to food
and agriculture.





Laura Bush Awards Grants To Chicago

  • Jun 2, 2005 3:29 pm

    The First Lady paid a visit to the Second
    City to give some Chicago schools some pretty big bucks to get students to read

    One group of Chicago librarians look professionally reserved but
    they are celebrating one of the best days of the school year. They each won
    $5,000 from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. The money could
    more than double the number of books in Austin High School’s

    “Young people should have access to classics, new books that
    reflect their cultures,” Mrs. Bush said.

    Members of the school’s book
    club received commemorative White House bookmarks. They’re already hooked on
    books but they say the grant will give them and other students more to

    Junior Lena Brooks said, “We need new books, and books teens
    would be interested in reading.”

    Junior Raphael Collins said, “History,
    yeah we can read that, but our interest is in modern days, language, how people
    think now.”

    Brianca Taylor said, “We need a better selection, more bio’s
    more mysteries.”

    Thousands of schools all over the country applied for
    the grants. The foundation chose 160. The four from Illinois are all in the
    Chicago Public School System.

    Austin High School’s librarian, Alice
    Hadac, says winning the money was easy. She explained that most of their books
    were about 30 years old and contained old information. Mrs. Bush gave them new
    hope. “It’s so exciting. She’s a former librarian, she’s sticking up for us in
    schools. Libraries don’t get a budget or don’t have a big budget,” she

    Mrs. Bush presented grants to three other Chicago schools: Dusable
    High School, Ryerson Elementary, and Chicago High School for Agricultural
    Sciences. She also participated in a discussion to reduce youth violence in the

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Eli’s Congratulates the Albany Park Theatre Project on Receiving the 2004 Coming Up Traller Award from First Lady, Laura Bush

Several years ago, we learned about the Albany Park Theatre Project
when they received the Susan Berkowitz Award at the Francis W. Parker School
Award. The Berkowitz Award is given annually in memory of our friend, Dr. Susan
Berkowitz, who devoted her professional life to helping children.

We were very impressed by the work of APTP and their work in our
neighborhood; Albany Park only being a few miles from Wright College and Eli’s
Cheesecake World. Since then, we have supported APTP with donations of desserts
for their important events.

We were delighted to see APTP receive the Coming Up Taller Award in
Washington DC as one of top arts prgrams for youth in the country.
Congratulations APTP.


APTP wins the 2004
Coming Up Taller

APTP co-founder and co-director Laura Wiley and ensemble
member Elizabeth Cobacho accept the 2004 Coming Up Taller Award from First Lady
Laura Bush and Dr. Robert Martin, Chairman of the Institute of Museum and
Library Services.

December 14, 2004

Today, eight of us from APTP–co-founders and co-directors
David Feiner and Laura Wiley, and ensemble members Elizabeth Cobacho, Mareva
Lindo, Jesus Matta, Lawrence Muñoz, Ana Ovando, and Sarah Stanciu–are in
Washington, D.C. We are here to accept the Coming Up Taller Award from First
Lady Laura Bush and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Out of more than 300 nominees, APTP is one of only seventeen Coming Up Taller
recipients this year in the United States and Mexico, and the only recipient
from the State of Illinois.

Founded in 1998, the Coming Up Taller Awards recognize and
support outstanding arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity
of America’s young people, and provide them with new learning opportunities and
with opportunities to contribute to their communities. The Coming Up Taller
Awards are conferred annually by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the
Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the
Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. As part of the
Coming Up Taller Award, APTP will receive a $10,000 grant.

In congratulating APTP on receiving the Coming Up Taller
Award, Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois said, “The art that is created by
Albany Park Theater Project is truly beautiful. Moreover, I want to congratulate
APTP on the success of its college guidance program. The fact that over 90% of
Albany Park Theater Project teen artists graduate from high school and enter
four-year colleges is remarkable. There is no doubt that Albany Park Theater
Project has had a profound impact on its teen artists. This is a proud day not
only for me but also the entire state of Illinois

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