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Friends of Amundsen High School Aim To Raise $50,000 For New Laptops

“We have an online auction link that people can use that will go live Wednesday morning,'' Friends president says.

People at Friends of Amundsen High School's 2018 fundraiser.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Amundsen High School students could get computer upgrades soon thanks to a parent group’s fundraising push.

Friends of Amundsen wants to buy more than 150 new Chromebooks and laptops for students — but they need $50,000 to make it happen.

Amundsen High School, 5110 N. Damen Ave., sits in the 40-acre Winnemac Park campus and serves 1,243 students — 58.6 percent of whom are Hispanic and 74.8 percent are from low-income families — according to CPS data.

Beneen Prendiville, president of the Friends of group, said this is the third year they’re raising money for the school — and the goal is a lot higher than previous years. In 2017, they brought in $6,000. In 2018, they collected $23,000.

“The first two years, our intention was sort of more community building. Engaging neighbors and parents, which was successful and we had a great attendance,” Prendiville said. “The money from those fundraisers went to after-school activities, like sports and clubs. This year we have a more targeted goal. “

Friday’s benefit at Trigger, 2810 W. Addison St., sold out. However, donations for new computers are still possible.

Prendiville pointed those who want to help to an online auction that will go live Wednesday morning, where folks can bid on everything from VIP tickets to a taping of The Daily Show to dinner and drinks in the neighborhood.

You can also donate online here.

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