March 13 City Council meeting heralds talk about ETHS summer lunch program

Mackenzie Greco, Staff Writer

The Evanston City Council meeting on March 13 touched on many topics, including credit card activity, new building construction on Church Street, special events in the 2023 calendar and many more items. The ETHS community was also brought up during a discussion of lunch supply for this year’s summer school. 

An ETHS staff member recommended that the City Council authorize an agreement with Evanston Township to provide lunch meals for the 2023 Summer Food Program, amounting to $3.55 per meal and $4.00 for special diet meals. This lunch program would be held Monday through Friday, June 12 through Aug. 18, 2023 and would serve to provide lunches to students attending summer programs at the high school or elsewhere in the community. The locations for these provided lunches are as follows: Robert Crown Center, Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, Mason Park, Oakton School, King Arts, Dewey and ETHS. 

Some special events for the upcoming year are lakefront park events able to host 150 people or more, non-lakefront events of 250 or more and non-park events with 250 participants that will request street closure. 

Another proposed event was Evanston en Blanc, which will take place on Aug. 26. This specific event takes place all over the world and many want Evanston to host it as well. People bring their own food, tables and chairs; they also dress up in all white clothing. Downtown Evanston will have some tables set up in Fountain Square with a DJ or a live band. This event is also in partnership with Black Women of Evanston, a local non-profit organization. 

The last item on the docket was the Run for Roycemore on Oct. 8. This is a family event organized to celebrate more than 100 years of giving quality pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education in the Evanston community. The proposed route is still being finalized, but the event would serve as a way for community members to support Roycemore School.