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School Supplies Drive

The Friends of the 46th Ward Schools asks for your help in supporting our neighborhood schools.

  1. If you have a Target card, you can designate Stockton or Stewart (or any public school) to receive 1% of your purchases. Here’s the link:
  2. Use your personal Facebook account, you can vote once per week for the school of your choice. Schools will receive one $25 Target gift card for every 25 votes, with a maximum payout of $10,000 per school. Search “Give with Target” on your Facebook account, search for a local school, install the app, and vote for the school. You will have to “like” Target on Facebook.
  3. Donate to Stockton’s project to supply art materials for its pre-K – 2nd grade students. With the longer school day, kids need art education materials. Here’s the link:
  4. Donate school supplies to the 46th Ward School Supply Drive. All school supplies will be distributed by the Friends of the 46th Ward Schools to students in need at 46th ward schools; Greeley Elementary, Brennemann Elementary, Stockton Elementary, Stewart Elementary, Disney Elementary, and Uplift High School. School supplies can be dropped off at Alderman Cappleman’s office during regular business hours. If you have a large donation and need a pickup or would like to volunteer to help sort and distribute school supplies please contact us at  Or if you can’t drop off during business hours, contact Susan Ridihalgh at to drop supplies off at her place on Magnolia.
Suggestions for Donations

  • Backpacks
  • Pencils: primary, #2, or mechanical & pencil pouches
  • 8-pack or 24-pack crayons
  • 8-pack washable markers
  • Large pink erasers
  • Glue sticks
  • 8-oz bottle of glue
  • Box of tissues
  • Sandwich, quart or gallon sized plastic baggies
  • Packet of baby wipes
  • Children’s scissors
  • Rulers with inches and centimeters
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Plastic homework folder
  • Notebooks
  • Two-pocket folders
  • Texas Instrument TI30X calculators
  • Rubber cement
  • Blue or black pens
  • 1-inch binder with pockets
  • Lined 3-hole notebook paper
  • 3-hole graph paper
  • Highlighters
  • Colored pencils
  • Index note cards
  • Paper towels
  • Scotch tape
  • Construction Paper
  • Copy Paper
  • Binders (1-inch, 3-inch)
  • Student Dictionary (Elementary and Collegiate levels)
  • Student Thesaurus
  • Metal compass
  • Protractor
  • Flash drives
Don’t have time to shop for supplies but still want to contribute?  You can purchase a gift card at Staples or Target and mail or drop it off: 46th Ward School Supply Drive, c/o Alderman Cappleman, 4544 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640. We are unable to accept cash donations at this time as we are still in the process of filing for 501(c)(3) status.) If anyone is interested in learning more about our group or joining us, please visit our website at or email us at
Thanks for any support you can provide!

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A fellow member wanted to pass along the following information to any parents in our area:

“A group of parents in Uptown have started a Facebook group called the Uptown Parents Network. Any parent who is interested in improving the neighborhood for their children or themselves is invited to join. Currently the group is getting organized, and will start meeting up in local parks as a type of “positive loitering”. Eventually the group hopes to focus on school issues in Uptown or look at targeting some other issue relating to parents and kids in the neighborhood. Ideally, the group will eventually include a wide segment of Uptown parents, but we’re still getting the word out. Please join by going to our Facebook group here:

Then, click the “Ask to Join Group” button at the top.

Susan Ridihalgh”

Thanks to everyone in advance for making a difference in our community!

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We received the following note from a member of our group.  If you’ve got a child about to head to elementary school or already attending Stockton Elementary School, please consider joining the upcoming Stockton tour on Monday, November 22nd at 9:30.

“A group of Uptown parents were posting on the Neighborhood Parents Network message board about Stockton School.  They wondered if there was any interest in learning more about the school, and perhaps starting a parent or community group to support the school.  The principal at Stockton responded, and invited all interested parents to take a tour of the school and meet with her on Monday, November 22 at 9:30.  Her message follows:

‘My name is Jill Besenjak and I am the principal of Stockton Elementary School. I would be delighted to meet with all of you to discuss starting a parent group here at Stockton. We do have a “No Child Left Behind” group that meets monthly. If anyone is interested in meeting, I would be happy to host a meeting on Monday, Nov. 22 at 9:30. I can take you on a tour of the school and we can plan future meeting dates if you are still interested after taking the tour of Stockton.I look forward to meeting you.'”

For further information, please contact Susan Ridihalgh at: susanridi [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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