Chicago School Gets Extreme Library Makeover

January 18, 2011

How did you spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Did you make a difference in your Chicago neighborhood?

While most schools were vacant in honor of the federal holiday, one Chicago school was the place to be on MLK Day.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held yesterday at the Morton School of Excellence, 431 N. Troy, Chicago, after volunteers spent the weekend performing an Extreme Library Makeover; transforming a dreary space into an inspiring learning environment and media center that will be the centerpiece of the school.

The library, which includes new art murals and books, was organized by a dedicated team of community members, including Ed Sanders, the host of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

The makeover became possible through the Illinois Lottery’s annual volunteer program, Raise a Hand Illinois, which provides books to children in public schools throughout the state.

Officials from the Illinois Lottery were on hand at the ceremony, passing out $5 book scholarships to students.

The Illinois Lottery, which is the second largest financial contributor to education in the state, will do the same thing when it hosts Scholastic Book Fairs at 10 public schools where nearly 4,000 students will receive $5 coupons to select a book.

Volunteers are needed for these upcoming events. Visit RaiseAHandIllinois.com for more information.

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