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posted: 10/5/2012 12:13 PM

Grayslake church's concert to benefit Haiti school

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Submitted by Phil and Laura Rovang

Wildwood Presbyterian Church will host an evening of story and song 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, featuring Bryan Sirchio of Madison, Wis., in support of Cite Soleil Community School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. There is no admission fee; a freewill offering will be taken. The 90-minute event promises to entertain all ages with music and stories.

The school is an educational oasis in the middle of one of the poorest, most violent-prone areas of Haiti. Surrounded by a barbed wire protected wall, the school has been serving more than 225 students annually for the last 10 years, providing educational classes, emotional support and a hot daily meal.

Sirchio first visited the Cite Soleil slums in 2000, and discovered teachers working without pay. Impressed by their dedication, he started an effective partnership with church and community groups in the United States to provide support for the school.

Twelve years later, Sirchio continues to share his insights and observations through story and song, including the traumatic impact the January 2010, earthquake had on the school, its teachers and students.

Church members from Wildwood visited the Cite Soleil School in 2011, and the congregation continues to support the students, staff and programs as they seek to recover and function in the aftermath of that earthquake.

Wildwood Presbyterian Church is located at 18630 W. Old Gages Lake Road, in Grayslake, just east of Route 45, on the south side of Gages Lake Road.

For information, contact Pastor Greg Bostrom at the church (847) 223-0073 or