Ray, Murray in school news

Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., hosts a bike to school day

Ray Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Association will sponsor a bike to school event for International Bike and Walk to School Day on Oct. 9. Adults will lead two walking/biking school buses to Ray School at 8 a.m. that morning.  

Parents can drop students off at 53rd Street and Kimbark Avenue (by CVS) or at 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue (behind Walgreen’s), and adults will safely lead them to Ray school. Beginning at 8:15 a.m. at the Kimbark playground, there will be free snacks and drinks for the participants. There will also be a raffle for students who walk or bike to school that day.

Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., competes in Bulls Food Drive

The Chicago Bulls will kick off their annual food drive competition Oct. 17 at Murray Elementary School.

Each year, the Chicago Bulls partner with Midway Moving and Storage and Vienna Beef to collect non-perishable food items for the Greater Chicago Food Depository Holiday Food Drive. The basketball franchise creates a competition for the drive by offering tickets to a Bulls game and an in-school Bulls Day celebration that includes a visit from Benny the Bull, Bulls personalities and free promotional items to winners from participating schools.

The Chicago Bulls Charities (CharitaBulls) selected Murray once again as the launching location of the food drive. At 11 a.m. students will participate in a rally that included visits from “Bulls Legends” Bob Love and Sydney Green, Benny the Bull and the “Chicago Luvabulls” dance team. Representatives from Vienna Beef and Midway movers will also be present. Murray has been a winning school in the food drive competition for two of the last three years, coming in first place last year. 

Those interested in donating non-perishable food items can drop them off at Murray from Nov. 1 to Nov. 29.

For more information on the Greater Chicago Food Depository holiday food drive, visit chicagosfoodbank.org.

Prepared by Staff Writer Daschell M. Phillips