Akiba-Schechter, Murray, Preschool-for-All in latest school news

Annual Benefit at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, 5235 S. Cornell Ave.

The Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School is hosting its annual benefit to raise money for the school.

The benefit will take place at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 23, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Drive.

A special tribute will be given to Lee Bloom, Rebecca Berenson Kirstein, Robin Lisak and Ron Lisak. Other highlights include a silent auction, food stations and live strolling entertainment.

For tickets, visit akibaschechter.schoolauction.net/benefit2014 or e-mail Debbie Schneider at dschneider@akibaschechter.org.

CPS taking applications for Preschool-For-All

Chicago Public Schools’ Early Childhood Department has announced that it is now taking applications for their Preschool-For-All program for the 2014-15 school year.  Applications are available at local elementary schools, school-based preschool application sites and online at cps.edu/readytolearn. Parents can only turn in applications at designated preschool application sites. The closest sites to Hyde Park are Colman Early Childhood Education Office, Colman School, 4655 S. Dearborn St. and the Community Partnership Program Office at 400 W. 69th St. Parents are encouraged to apply now to increase their chances of getting their first-choice school.

Children must be 3-years-old by Sept. 1 to be eligible. For more information, parents should contact Chicago Public Schools’ Early Childhood Education Office at 312-229-1690 or call their local neighborhood CPS preschool program.

Student winners at Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave.

Murray student Dymarcko Davis (5th grade) won first place in the school Spelling Bee earlier this year.  Davis took the Chicago Public Schools citywide online qualifying exam, scored 50 out of 50 and will represent Murray in the City-Wide Spelling Bee this month.

Chloe Johnson (7th grade) won Outstanding for her project, “How High or Low Can You Go?” and advanced to the citywide Science Fair that will at the Museum of Science and Industry in March 2014.

For the fourth consecutive year, Murray was selected to participate in the Technology Fair at the state capital in Springfield, Ill., in May. About 60 schools from across the state will be in attendance to show elected officials, business leaders and the general public how technology is used in their schools.

Girl Power Luncheon at Young Women’s Leadership Charter School 2641 S. Calumet Ave.

Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Johnson Publishing Company, will be the guest speaker this year at Young Women’s Leadership Charter School Girl Power Luncheon. The luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 9, at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.

Other highlights of the event will include honors for Sunny Fischer, former executive director of the The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, for her profound impact on Chicago’s philanthropic community, and a student showcase where guests will have a chance to speak YWLCS student about their college plans and programs at the school.

Bette Cerf Hill, wife of Herald Publisher Bruce Sagan, was a driving force behind the establishment of YWLCS.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ywlcs.org.

Compiled by Herald Staff Writer Daschell M. Philips.