Kenwood Academy handcuffed by CPS rules
Accepting checks to help student compete in academic showdown
By Chinta Strausberg
Handcuffed by CPS rules banning the paying of out-of-state travel for students, Kenwood Academy business manager, Tanya Towns Thursday said 8th grader Eva Lewis is short $1,950.00 of her $2,000 goal but the school is accepting checks on her behalf.
In an interview with this reporter, Towns explained the denial of the travel funds to Lewis, who along with others won the Illinois History Fair and was also named a National History Day Qualifier enabling her to go to Maryland to compete for a national prize.
“We are not allowed to cover out-of-state expenses for travel,” Towns told this reporter. “Her mother is collecting funds, but all we have received so far is a check for $50.00.”
The lack of travel funds could cost Lewis to forfeit her coveted spot in this year’s competition. The eighth grader’s project is entitled “The South Shore Cultural Center” that highlights the Center’s segregated history and the ethically changing community it sits in.
If you are interested in donating to Lewis’ travel fund, please make checks out to: Kenwood Academy High School, %Tanya Towns, Business Manager, 5015 So. Blackstone, Chicago, IL and in the memo field put for Eva Lewis.
The deadline is May 25, 2013.