LINCOLN SQUARE — Friends of Budlong Elementary is partnering with Dante’s Pizzeria to help upgrade the school’s technology resources.
Through the end of April, anyone ordering delivery or carry out at Dante’s, 1964 W. Lawrence Ave., who says “#withBudlong” will have 15 percent of their order go towards Friends of Budlong’s fundraising efforts.
“We’ve been trying to strategize ways to incorporate some of our local businesses into our fundraising,” said Eileen Brodaski, vice president of the group. “We have so many restaurants in this neighborhood, so we thought we could do a partnership where for the month we post about one and in return they would do a night where they host Friends of and help give back.
In the past, Carbon Arc Bar, Sweet Pepper Venezuelan Food Bar, Budlong Hot Chicken and HarvesTime Foods have done similar fundraisers for the school.
Rockwell’s Neighborhood Grill, 4632 N. Rockwell St., also raised $1,000 for Friends of Budlong during a Sunday event.
“I’m just super grateful,” Brodaski said.
Budlong Elementary, 2701 W. Foster Ave., is an open enrollment school serving 704 students from preschool age through eighth grade. About 81 percent of its students are considered low-income and 44.7 percent of the school population is Hispanic, according to CPS data.
Brodaski said the group works with Principal Naomi Lyn Nakayama to figure out how to use the funds.
Friends of Budlong is also selling tickets to its annual Budlong Under the Stars event next month. The May 31 festival includes food, games and rides. Wristbands, which allow for unlimited games and rides at the event, cost $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event.
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