Christian Fenger Academy High School, 11220 S. Wallace St. in the Roseland neighborhood, received one of the checks from RPM Advertising partners Steve Platcow and Mark Malin. As the focus of the CNN Docu-Series, Chicagoland, Fenger received national attention this summer.
RPM Advertising President Malin said he keeps a Sun-Times tearsheet on the wall in front of his desk as a reminder of the need to give back in order to make a difference in someone’s life. He specifically praised Fenger Principal Elizabeth Dozier.
“When I watched the CNN series, I was personally inspired by her work ethic, strong will and determination to help her students succeed against the greatest of odds.
Dozier said the $10,000 check will help her with situations she faces daily.
“Today, a student told me that he wasn’t going to be able to accept a college scholarship that had been offered to him because he didn’t have the $600 for books,” she said. “Because of the generosity of RPM’s gift, I was able to solve this crisis.”
A second check for $10,000 went to the Chicago Public Library (CPL) Foundation.
“It’s an honor for RPM to play a role in encouraging kids to read two million books as part of the Summer Learning Challenge or provide the funding needed for board-certified teachers for the Teacher in the Library program,” CEO Platcow said. Accepting the check, Chicago Public Library Foundation President Rhona Frazin praised the advertising agency for “going all in” with pro-bono support it has provided the CPL foundation.
By Suzanne Hanney, StreetWise Editor-in-Chief