On Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 21, local schoolchildren and their parents will have the opportunity to help preserve the 1896 Central School and support the Mount Prospect Historical Society.
The best part is they can do this while enjoying a roller skating party from noon to 5 p.m. at the Central Community Center, 1000 W. Central Road, Mount Prospect.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Mount Prospect Historical Society, in cooperation with the Mount Prospect Park District, is hosting the party to support efforts to preserve Mount Prospect history.
In 2010, the society will continue Phase II of the Central School campaign. In the past year, the schoolhouse has gotten a new roof, new access sidewalks and an ADA-accessibility ramp. The 1950s-era add-ons inside have been demolished and asbestos removed.
Work to make the schoolhouse accessible to the community will continue as the funds become available through donations. Once restored, the schoolhouse will be used as a multipurpose exhibit space, educational facility and community meeting area in the tradition of its previous roles in village history.
Admission for the skating party will be $5 per person. A limited number of skates will be available for rental from the park district for an extra $5, but it is suggested that skaters bring in their own skates, which will be subject to inspection by park district personnel, to prevent a shortage.
Disc jockey services for the afternoon are provided by Ed Johnson, a member of the society's board of directors.
While the skating party is open to students from all schools in the village, the society and the park district do request that children in fourth grade and younger be accompanied by a parent.
Pizza, pop and snacks will be sold throughout the afternoon as part of the fundraising effort.
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