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October of 2006, a few local parents started talking about Prescott.  We had all just moved into the neighborhood and were starting to investigate the various school options available to us.  Needless to say, Prescott was not high on our list of options based on what we had heard at the “park”.  But, being public school believers and recognizing that Prescott was within walking distance to our homes, we decided to research what was available at the school.

Our first step was to set up a meeting with the current administration and tour the school.  We then secured multiple spots on the Local School Council to see what the current climate was at the school.   Over the next 12 months or so, we diligently marketed the school as best we could.  We posted signs in Starbucks, blanketed the neighborhood with StoryTime flyers, spread the good word through everyone we knew.   Low and behold, we found that there were quite a few families who believed in and supported what we were trying to do—which was increase neighborhood attendance and improve the academic climate within the school.

In January 2008, we learned that the current administration would be leaving the school effective July 1, 2008. This put us in a great position in that we had good representation on the LSC, which was the committee responsible for leading the principal selection process.   Many Prescott Parents stepped up and asked to participate on the Principal Selection Committee which began it’s principal search in March 2008.  In May 2008, the PSC announced their selection—Mr. Erin Roche, former Principal of Ravenswood Elementary. 

Prescott Parents couldn’t be more excited with our choice.  While at Ravenswood, Mr. Roche increased test scores by 13 percentage points and created a dynamic learning facility that now competes with the best schools in the city.

Currently, our goals are simple—raise funds, market the school to the community and beautify the facility.  While we are not aiming to convert private school believers to public school supporters, we do strive to present Prescott as a viable public school option that deserves consideration.  Whether you end up sending your child to Prescott or not, your efforts are worthwhile as they contribute to the overall marketability of the west Lincoln Park area.  Additionally and more importantly, you are showing your support of public education.
Currently, Prescott Parents holds a very strong presence on the Local School Council which makes us very visible within the school.  With funding at an all time low, CPS just doesn’t have the resources available to meet every school’s every need which is where Prescott Parents comes into play.  We discuss new ideas to promote the school, ways to bring in funding and strategies for garnering more support from the community.  Come on...join us.  We can always use more support!
 
 Prescott Parents is a 501 (c)(3) organization.  Under the IRS's IRC Section 170, individuals giving to 501(c)(3) organizations that are either public charities, private operating foundations, and certain private foundations may deduct contributions representing up to 50% of the donor's adjusted gross income if the individual itemizes on his tax returns. Individuals giving to 501(c)(3) organizations that are private foundations may generally deduct contributions representing up to 30% of their adjusted gross income. Corporations may deduct all contributions to 501(c)(3) organizations (regardless of foundation status) up to an amount normally equal to 10% of their taxable income.
 
To get involved, Jennifer Lister at prescottschoolchicago@gmail.com or call 312.848.0570