Illuminated High School promenade on Lake Zurich to help families in need
To raise funds for those in the community most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and to support businesses in the region that have helped make a difficult school year special for senior citizens at Lake Zurich High School, an illuminated march special will be held at school on Tuesday evening.
Organizers said everyone in the school district community is invited to hike the illuminated trail around the track at Lake Zurich football stadium and envision a brighter time of hope and promise.
Ann Marie McConnell said organizers have already received donations to fund around 175 luminaria, paper bags lit by electric candles and weighed down with sand. Each fixture can have a dedication printed on it, and at the end of the night, those who donated have the option to take it home. The walk will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“It’s really endearing to see the messages from people who buy (luminaria),” McConnell said.
Luminaria can be purchased until Monday evening at district95foundation.org.
The money raised will be used to buy gift cards at businesses in the Lake Zurich region. The gift cards will then be returned to the school district for distribution to families in need.
The businesses where the gift cards will be purchased have all participated in what organizers have called “21 Tuesdays”. Starting in November and for each remaining Tuesday before graduation, 21 different companies organized special gifts, discounts or other services for the elderly at Lake Zurich.
The effort was led by McConnell and five other parents who formed the Senior Parent Advisory Team.
“We didn’t know if they would be in school at all at the time and we didn’t know if they would really be able to make it through their senior year,” McConnell said. “We wanted them to feel special.”
The group worked closely with school officials throughout. Other members of the Parent Advisory Team are Cindy Malin, Lynn Dunn-Matheson, Kimberly Ketcham, Sheri Buergey and Barb Lane.
“I can’t say enough good things about the high school staff,” McConnell said. “They had a lot of work to do.”
Masks and social distancing will be required at Tuesday night’s event. The rain date is Wednesday.