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Anonymous Donation to Buy Equipment for Long Beach Classrooms

An unnamed donor has given $5,000 to Long Beach Elementary School in Boulder Hill, to buy digital overhead projectors. District 308 parent Russ Harrison helped make the deal happen.

Thanks to an anonymous donation, all of the classrooms at in Boulder Hill will soon be outfitted with digital overhead projectors.

The $5,000 check was presented to Long Beach’s Home and School group last week, according to Russ Harrison, who helped make the donation possible. Harrison, the father of four children in the Oswego School District, said he was tired of waiting on the state of Illinois to pay the money owed the schools.

So he and his wife Christa started talking to friends of theirs looking to make a donation. The actual donors wish to remain anonymous, Harrison said, but his company, Harrison Architectural Support Services, will donate the cost of installation of the new projectors.

According to Principal Kevin Lipke, the devices will allow teachers to plug in computers and project their output onto a screen. Lipke said the school is grateful for this donation, especially since the state of Illinois has not been timely with paying its bills.

The state owes more than $1 billion to local school districts, which Lipke called “irresponsible.”  

“We’ll take any donation we can get,” Lipke said.

Harrison said he hopes this donation encourages others like it, from private citizens. He said he’s tired of the backstabbing going on in the district, and doesn’t want to see the school have to wait for the state to pay its share.

“We are doing this to once again demonstrate that we, as parents, are not waiting helplessly for the State of Illinois to cough up the funds,” Harrison said. “Nor are we in favor of increasing taxes to secure equipment that, while very beneficial to teaching, is not deemed as essential.”

Nicki Knox March 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Thank you very much for the donation! As a Long Beach parent, I am proud of the support we get and how our community and parent support us.
Renee' March 12, 2012 at 12:28 PM
...As the parent of a Long Beach student...THANK YOU! Your donations are greatly appreciated!
russ harrison March 12, 2012 at 05:15 PM
We only did what needed to be done. The real thanks should got to Principal Lipke and the staff and teachers of LongBeach Elementary. As a person with numerous educators in my family, I know a GREAT educator when I come across one...an Kevin Lipke is a great educator. I'm glad we could help, but I'm angered by the fact that we HAD to do this. These projectors should have been in those classrooms a long time ago. I only hope more people will become active with their schools and their related organizations and take the bull by the horns. If you see a need...fill it! If we just sit around waiting for that big fat check from Springfield to arrive, we may as well elect Helen Waite as state treasurer in charge of educational funds. That way, when we really need money from the State for a worthwhile school project, we can all just go to Helen Waite...just like we do now!
TC March 12, 2012 at 06:26 PM
The sad fact is that there were some projectors in the classrooms there but were stolen in a series of robberies at the school . This is a great story and outcome!
Chrissy Stadel Schultz March 12, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Thankyou!
Carol Anaski-Figurski March 12, 2012 at 11:29 PM
thats nice
Andre Salles March 13, 2012 at 01:54 AM
We've deleted a comment and two responses from this thread. The responses we removed because without the original comment, they wouldn't make sense. As for that original comment, please do not make libelous accusations here, unless you have some proof to back them up. And if you're calling someone else out, please use your real name. Our terms of use specifically prohibit using an alias or other means to mask your identity. Thank you.
russ harrison March 13, 2012 at 02:30 AM
"No good deed goes unpunished"...an anonymous donor. That's why they remain anonymous!
russ harrison March 13, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Thanks Andre. I am always amazed at how petty some people are and how low they will stoop to discredit someone that shows that "it Can be done". I won't even dignify the person's comment with leaving a rebuttal up for long. But for those that saw my earlier response...wasn't it a hoot?

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