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Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences & Vaughn High School Students at the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market

Eli’s is very proud of our long term partnership with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and Vaughn High School.

For our Thursday Farmers Market, we were delighted to have special needs students from both schools participating in the Market. This is just one more example of how programs in food, agriculture and science can benefit a wide range of students.

Students from Vaughn brought crafts celebrating the Bears first game this Sunday and students from CHSAS brought produce from the farm at the school as well as bottles of the honey harvested by the students and used in our dessserts.


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Vaughn High School Students Visit the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market and attend a presentation by Drusilla Banks of the University of Illinois Extension


During the last two Thursday’s, students from Vaughn High School
came to the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market for a seminar led by
Drusilla Banks, Specialist in Nutrition and Food for the University of Illinois
Extension. Drusilla is housed at Wright College in a satellite office for

After a presentation on various types of apples and other fresh
foods from the Farmers Market, students enjoyed a continental breakfast at the
Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe and then received Farmers Market Dollars so they
could buy their own produce and flowers from the Market.










Drusilla welcomes the students from Mr. Snakenborg’s class to the Farmer’s Market.








The history of the University of Illinois Extension dates back to 1862 under the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln when the Morrill Act was passed. This law established the land grant system of universities to make higher education accessible to all people in the United States. Today the statement of purpose for Extension is to help people help themselves “through an educational process which uses scientific knowledge focused on issues and needs.”

We are grateful for the Extension’s expanded programs in the Chicago Metropolitan Area and to have Drusilla Banks presence at Wright







After the program, students get to shop at the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market. The students and Mr. Snakenborg sample the produce at Liz Madsen’s stand.






The University of Illinois Extension provided bags with information on both Wright College and the Extension. The bags were perfect for collecting purchasesf from the Market. Above the students are at the display by Nichols Farm.







The Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market would not be possible without the exceptional effort of Kathy Kirby, a Master Gardener and friend to Eli’s, who made each Thursday so special. Above the students and Kathy check out a table with crafts produced by Vaughn students.


Mr. Murray’s Culinary Arts Class from Vaughn visited us one week before for Drusilla’s program and to shop the Farmers Market.

Flowers from UrbanMeadows, a program of Thresholds, were very popular this summer.

Drusilla helps a student decide on which types of apples to purchase from Nichols Farms.

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Congratulations to Vaughn High School on Receiving an A+ For Energy Grant from BP


All of us at Eli’s Cheesecake are proud to support Vaughn Occupational High School. Named for the visionary leader of the Chicago Teacher’s Union, Vaughn serves exclusively special education students with mild to moderate cognitive disabilities.

Eli’s partners with Vaughn on workforce and community activities in cooperation with our campus and educational partner, Wright College. We were delighted this week when Patricia Bonness, Science Teacher, at Vaughn was named as one of 93 winners in the State of Illinois for a BP A+ Plus for Energy Grant for her program “Put a Little Sunshine on Your Plate.” This is great recognition for the talented faculty and students at Vaughn and power of partnerships with Wright Colleges, Eli’s and other community partners




CPS Teachers Receive $220,000 in Energy Grants from BP

24 Teachers Earn Up To $10,000 Each for Classroom Energy Projects


Twenty-four teachers from 23 Chicago Public Schools have earned A+ for Energy grants from BP; the awards – of $5,000 or $10,000 – will be distributed Thursday at a reception at the Museum of Science and Industry.


Teachers applied for the grants with descriptions of creative classroom, after-school, extra-curricular or summer activities involving energy education and conservation. Winning entries include converting a bus to be fueled with used cooking oil, adding a greenhouse to a school campus, sponsoring “Energy Nights” for the community, and developing a recycling program for a school. Students will study, observe, build, convert and report on their projects with each other, their schools and their communities.


“This is an exciting opportunity for our teachers to take the lead on energy education, and for students at all grade levels to have hands-on learning opportunities,” said Arne Duncan, CPS Chief Executive Officer. “These projects impact not just the students but their schools and communities as well.”


BP also will provide winning teachers with a $1,500 scholarship to attend a three-day energy training conference, sponsored by BP and presented in partnership with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project. In
addition, BP will cover the cost of travel, meals, lodging and a $500 kit of instructional materials (tools and resources for teacher activities) associated with the training program.


“We are extremely pleased to recognize some of Chicagoland’s top teachers, whose creativity in the classroom both inspires and encourages students to be good energy consumers,” said Doris Salamón Chagin, BP Community Affairs Director – Midwest US. “The A+ for Energy program reinforces BP’s longstanding commitment to quality education. We are actively engaging with communities where our employees live and work, helping to enhance education, encourage enterprise development, and promote alternative energy solutions.”


BP piloted the A+ for Energy program in 2004 in California. Designed to create exciting and memorable education experiences around the subject of energy for students, the program is open to all accredited K-12 teachers in public and private schools. This year BP awarded more than $1 million in grants and scholarships to Chicagoland teachers. In all, 93 educators from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties were awarded cash grants of $5,000 or $10,000 for their programs.


The Chicago Public Schools is the nation’s third largest school system. It includes more than 600 schools and serves about 415,000




School Teacher’s Name Project


Abraham Lincoln Elementary Susan Nutter LETTHE SUN SHINE IN!


Al Raby High School for Community and Environment David Levine Algae Hits the Road and the Smokestack


Amundsen High School James Czuchra Exploring Solar Energy


Courtenay Language Arts Center Lindsay Annunzio Save Our Land and Resources (SOLAR)


Curie Metropolitan High School for the Performing Arts Melinda Wilson “Energize Me!”


D.S. Wentworth Ophelia Doyle The Solar Project


Daniel Webster Andromeda Bellamy Energy and Society: An Energy and Technology Enrichment/Step-Up


Dodge Renaissance Academy Sarah Zablotny Creating Energy Ambassadors


George Washington High School Gloria Hafer We Can Do Better with Less


Hibbard Elementary School Phyllis Wooddell The Hibbard School Solar-Powered Amusement Park


Jacqueline Vaughn Occupational High School Patricia Bonness Put a Little Sunshine on Your Plate


James Hedges Elementary School Steven Taylor Electrically Energize Mi Edificio con El Sol


James Otis Elementary School Cellina Pettiford Global Warming:Man\’s Impact on Earth


Jamieson School Diane Walsh Franco “Environmental Art & Science in an Urban School Garden”


John D. Shoop Academy of Math, Science and Technology Cristal Boisseau Shoop A Loop Around Energy


Kelvyn Park High School Anna Sisto Kelvyn Park Energy Bus


Lincoln Elementary School Steven Slaughter We Are the WINDY City!


McCorkle Math and Science Academy Janet House McCorkle Greenhouse


North Grand High School Phillip Cantor Fat to Fuel: The Biodiesel Veggie Vehicle


Oscar Mayer Elementary Pamela Andrews Adventures with Alternative Energy Sources


Pershing East Magnet School Catherine Tanner Follow the Energy


Victor Herbert Elementary School Jesl Xena Rae Cruz Earth Alert!


Wadsworth School Lara Dieckmann A Single Seed


Young Women\’s Leadership Charter School Kathleen Grimes Alternative Fuels Project



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Eli’s Provides Students at Jacqueline Vaughn High School with Ideas on How to Transition to the Workforce

We are very proud of our long term partnership with Vaughn High School. A small high school in our community serving the needs of students with special needs, Vaughn has partnered with Wright College and Eli’s on a number of projects and internships.

Today Jennifer Doezie of Eli’s taught a workshop at Vaughn on career building skills and getting ready for a first job interview. Thank you Marlene Winn of Vaughn for inviting us and to Jenny for teaching the class.














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Jacqueline Vaughn High School students visit Eli’s Cheesecake World

It is always our pleasure to host student groups from our neighborhood educational partner, Jacqueline Vaughn Occupational High School. This is a unique school for students with special needs that has a faculty committed to helping these students take advantage of their talents.

Today, we hosted Ms. Marlene Winn, a Vaughn teacher and school leader in career development, with a group of sophomores. We appreciated their interest in careers at Eli’s and the opportunity to take advantage of the resources of Wright College.

Monday started with a rain storm so it was great to be able to get the group out on our patio. Vaughn is just 1 1/2 miles east of Eli’s and the group took public transportation over for their tour.

Vaughn teacher, Marlene Winn, and Eli’s Marc Schulman, with Eli’s associate, Ivan Hernandez in the center. Ivan joined Eli’s as an intern in his senior year and has become a valuable member of Eli’s team.


History of Jacqueline
Vaughn Occupational High School from the Vaughn web site

The Jacqueline Vaughn
Occupation High School has a history that spans almost three decades. Our
enrollment has always consisted of special education students with cognitive
disabilities. Our primary focus was to provide an academic program that prepared
students for the World of Work and fostered self-reliance and social

The Jacqueline Vaughn
Occupational High School originally was created in 1968 as a part of three
occupational high schools serving areas “A”, “B”, and “C”. Our school was called
Occupational Center C and was located at 2508 N. Maplewood Avenue. The other two
schools later became known as McLaren and Las Casa. Our first principal, Bruce
Berndt, was also overseer of the other two branches. Conrad DePaul was the first
assistant principal and was also the person most instrumental in creating the
program. We had approximately 140 students.

In 1975, the school
name was changed to Orlando W. Wilson Occupational High School after the
reformist former Chicago Police Commissioner and criminal justice

In 1978, we moved to
the old Mayfair Junior College building on 4626 N. Knox Avenue, now the
Irish-American Heritage Center. We occupied the entire third floor, with the
district offices on the first floor. At this time, Conrad DePaul accepted the
position with the Chicago Teachers Union and William Bandelin, our counselor,
became acting administrator. We were officially a branch of Prosser High

In 1982, we again moved
to the third floor of Beaubien Elementary School at 5025 N. Laramie Street,
under its principal Dr. Thomas Plain and assistant principal Mr. James Pawelski.
When the building enrollment became too large and conditions became cramped; the
decision was made to obtain our own facility. By this time, Mr. Jay F. Mulberry
was assigned as principal of Orlando W. Wilson Occupational High

In 1992, under the
leadership of Mr. Mulberry and the determination of Mrs. Marlene Curylo, then
the Local School Council president, our staff found the present building at 4355
N. Linder Avenue and the Chicago Board of Education purchased it from the
Illinois Bell Telephone Company. The building was designed with input from
teachers, students, and parents. The state-of-the-art facility is fully
handicapped-accessible with a fully-functioning food preparation laboratory,
exercise room, and a modern cafeteria. After two years of hard work, planning
and development, the school again was renamed.

On April 1, 1993, and
with great pride, our school was officially renamed Jacqueline Vaughn
Occupational High School after the late and courageous president of the Chicago
Teachers Union and special education teacher.

In 1998, Ms. Nancy J.
Mayer was assigned as principal of Vaughn with Anita Andrews as assistant
principal. In 1999, Patricia Woodson succeeded Ms. Andrews as the assistant
principal of Vaughn. Through their leadership, we are preparing our students for
the new millennium.

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Eli’s is Proud of its ongoing partnership with Jacqueline Vaughn Occupational High School

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Eli’s Supports Vaughn High School

One of Chicago’s very special schools is the Vaughn Occupational High School,
which is located about 1 1/2 mile east of us on Montrose Avenue. For the last
three years, we have pleased to have Bob Mann, our CFO, join Wright College
President, Chuck Guengerich for Principal for a Day. This is a centerpiece of
Mayor Daley’s plan to involve business in the Chicago Public Schools and we take
it as a year long committment to supporting the school.

Right now, we are working with NORBIC and Wright to encourage businesses in
our neighborhood to create internship opportunities with Vaughn students.

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