Kenwood, Ray in school news

Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.

The Kenwood Academy Jazz Band has been invited to play at the

Chicago Jazz Festival for the seventh consecutive year. The band will play at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Pavilion Harris Theater Rooftop in Millennium Park.

Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave.

The Ray Local School Council will have a special budget meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in the library.

Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St.

Shoesmith has entered a giveaway program sponsored by Target. The more votes they get, the more money will be donated to the school for supplies and other resrouces. As of Herald press time, the school is at 14 votes. Once it gets enough votes to reach $25, the school gets a $25 gift card and it then gets an additional dollar for every vote beyond that up to $10,000. The school plans to use the funds to make up the gaps in its budget resulting from this year’s budget cuts. To vote, visit

Prepared by Herald Staff Writer Daschell M. Phillips