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‘Summer Soiree’ event on August 1 will raise funds for literacy program

Summer Soiree invite Residents can enjoy a beautiful Glen Ellyn home and support a new CCSD 89 literacy program by attending the ‘Summer Soiree’ on Saturday, August 1. The event will be held at the home of Anne and Charles Bouchard, 1S476 Sunnybrook Road, Glen Ellyn.

Tickets to the event are $50 per person and support the Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center District 89 Expansion. An anonymous donor will match each of the $50 tickets purchased. Tickets can be purchased here:

Guests will enjoy beverages and light snacks as you enjoy the Bouchard’s gardens or relax on one of the patios.

The expansive yard and designated times will provide ample room for social distancing. Time slots are available: 1 to 2:30 p.m., 2:45 to 4:25 p.m., 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The event will help the Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center establish a new tutoring and mentoring program at Glen Crest Middle School. The program will work with students who need extra literacy support before they enter high school.

The CCSD 89 program will serve students from low-income homes who aren’t showing the same academic growth as their peers. Some students are refugees or immigrants who have graduated from English-language services but are not yet reading at grade level. By establishing connections with volunteer tutors from the community, the afterschool program can help them in both academic and social skills.

A group of community volunteers has set a goal of raising an additional $85,000 to launch the program in the 2020-21 school year.

To donate, go to: and choose “D89 Expansion” from the drop-down menu. You can also donate by mailing a check to GECRC, 346 Taft Avenue, Suite 205, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.

GECRC donations are tax-deductible. A $1,000 donation would support a student for an entire school year and the summer. A $100 donation would sponsor a student for one month, and a $50 donation provides more than 20 hours of afterschool programming.

The $100,000 goal would fund the program for two years. It would cover the cost of staffing, volunteer management, and supplies. CCSD 89 will be providing facilities, additional resources, and staffing support.

In addition to monetary donations, the program will also be looking for volunteers to tutor and mentor students. There will be a variety of tutors from local high schools, colleges, and community groups to work with students from the time school gets out until about 3:45 p.m., when students board the bus. To complete a volunteer application, go to:

Posted: July 16, 2020