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Winnemac Park Neighbors, Ravenswood: Chappell Back to School Night a hit! Thank you Donors and volunteers

Parents sign-in and buy raffle tickets at Back to School Night at Chappell Elementary

The annual Back to School Night was held at Chappell Elementary 2135 W Foster Avenue last Thursday October 4th.  Parents and students came out for a hot-dog fund-raiser dinner, bought raffle tickets, heard important school announcements and met with their classroom teachers.  It was a good time with many friendly faces and parents and students mingling together.

An estimated $2,000 was raised for the night to help fund 7th and 8th grades outdoor education programs to Larado Taft!


Chappell School and Friends of Chappell would like to thank the following Knight Level Donors ($250.00 and above).  All Knight Level Donors were includes in the evening program and names read at our assembly.  Please check visit their web sites and businesses or simply thank them for supporting Chappell when you have the opportunity! 

Dolce Casa Cafe4947 N Damen


Teachers, parents and community members…please visit and support this fine Ravenswood cafe.  Great food and coffee.  Terrific before work or pop over for the wi-fi and stay for lunch…just across the street from Winnemac Park on Damen Avenue. Catering and hosting private events too. Thanks owner Ross and staff!

Kitchen Chicago

324 N Leavitt, Chicago 

(312) 455-0863

Owners Alexis Frankfort & Jeff Leverenz are active community members and live near Chappell with their daughter.  “Kitchen Chicago provides a fully equipped, commercially licensed shared-use kitchen available for rent by the hour”.  If you have a commercial kitchen need to bring your product to market or to cook for an event….call our neighbors Jeff and Alexis!

John Telford Family

John and his family live in the Chappell community.  John is a founding board member of the Friends of Chappell and we thank them for their time and efforts!

5500 N Wolcott


A global company, Tempel Steel is located right here in the Chappell community!  A major area employer and important local business, we thank Tempel Steel for investing in our local school.

Kale Realty

548 W Roosevelt Road


We thank locally owned Kale Realty and Broker/ Owner Nick Patterson for their generous contribution.  Want to move into the Chappell attendance district? Call Eric Rojas, Broker at 773-510-1597.

Families gather for dinner in the attractive Chappell cafeteria with park views!
A Chappell student volunteer!
Friends of Chappell members greet attendees with fun give-a-ways!
Friends of Chappell board member Sam provided great music in the lobby
Dinner music from our own music instructor Anita Gabor!
Parents, students and teachers pack the old gym for the “State of the School”.
The pre-paid dinner VIP line!  Way to work it!
$5 bucks got you an “Arm’s Length” of raffle tickets!
NEIU Alumni Association hosted a table with information and services provided by the State University “just up the street”.  Our own Principal Joeseph Peila is an alumnus of NEIU!

We thank the many parent, staff and community members for volunteering and making Chappell a wonderful and caring school environment! 

Parents and organizers Brandee and Jackie!

 Many prents around the North Side are discovering Chappell…terrific leadership and teachers; excellent facilities; great neighborhood; and engaged parents and increased academic achievement for several years running.  We need parents and community leaders to help us continue the growth and add opportunities for our kids!