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The Parents Committee’s main responsibility is to coordinate arrangements for the Summer Picnic, which brings together all new admits, their parents, current Princeton students and parents, recent alums, and various other members of the Princeton Chicago area community before school begins.  Last year’s picnic, planned by the Ekdahls, was held in August at the home of Peggy and Art Wood '72 for the fifth year in a row.  More than 130 persons attended this festive picnic. The Princeton Club of Chicago is very grateful to the Wood family for their continued generosity and devotion to incoming Princeton families by hosting this delightful event.

Volunteers interested in joining the Parents Committee are urged to contact Gladys Epting '75 at epting@uhc.edu or 847-303-6376 (home), 630-954-2432 (work).

Princeton in Chicago Schools (PICS)

Chair – Nick Gorga '99

This year saw a changing of the guard at PICS, as we adjusted to the departure of our prior chairs Brendan Boyle '99 and Everett Ward '83, and developed a new approach to organizing volunteers and programs in the absence of a PICS executive director.  However, due to the willing participation of our alumni and our long-standing relationship with the administration at our partner school Roosevelt High School, PICS has continued to thrive.  We would like to personally thank Dr. Alejandra Alvarez, Brenda Brown, Karen Devine, Jackie Borgerson-Reeves and the rest of the RHS administration for their help and support. 

The cornerstone of the effort over the past year has been a renewed focus on some of our most successful initiatives.  Oren Pollock *51, Phil Steptoe '73, Justin Henderson '06, Raj Hathiramani '07, Aiala Levy '07 and others have dedicated their Saturdays to tutoring Roosevelt students in a wide range of subjects.  Oren Pollock *51 and Bruce Rosenberg '69 continue to be fixtures in the math department, volunteering their time on the weekdays to help countless RHS students. Princeton alums also continue to support Roosevelt’s History and Science Fairs by serving as judges.  Again, RHS has expressed its deep thanks to all those who judged the students' projects, including, among others, John Fish '55, Debbie and Bruce Rosenberg '69, Carol Obertubbesing '73, Carl Yudell '75, Phyllis Ellin '83, and Sally Metzler *97.  Finally, we are in the process of exploring additional ways to help, including partnering with Jenny Arwade '00 and the Albany Park Neighborhood Council to provide weekday college counseling and mentoring. 

None of this would be possible without the tremendous support of our alumni.  PICS is always looking to expand its volunteer base and is actively seeking alumni interested in making a difference in the lives of students in Chicago's public schools.  Please contact Nick Gorga '99 (nicholas.gorga@lw.com) or Raj Hathiramani '07 (raj.hathiramani@gmail.com) if you are interested or if you have any questions.


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