Thank You! Proviso East High School Accepts Donation from the Class of 1971
October 21, 2011 11:00 AM
Mr. Valente Accepts Donation from 1971 Alumni
Maywood, IL...Proviso East High School is known for its awesome alumni. They are a part of the fabric of Proviso East High, and they continue to help the school cement its legacy by giving back.
Recently the class of 1971 hosted their 40th year class reunion where they put their heads together to make a major contribution to their alma mater. The class donated $750.00 to help support the students, faculty, staff, and fans of Proviso East High School.
"Our intent from the early planning stages of our reunion was to raise money to give back to the school," said Proviso East alum, Chuck Merydith, who served as chairman for the class of 1971’s reunion. "We wanted to contribute to a cause at the school, and Principal Valente was really helpful and appreciative of our efforts."
The class of 1971’s fundraising efforts began during the reunion. After touring the school and the football field, they decided to use class donations to help improve the concession at Proviso East. They then contacted Proviso East principal, Tony Valente, to deliver their contribution to "Pirate Country."
"I think it is a heartwarming gesture from the class of 1971 to give back to our school in such a generous way," said Proviso East principal, Mr. Valente. "We all appreciate and applaud their efforts. Their gift was heartfelt, and we love it when our alums come back. They are a part of our schools and a part of the fabric that makes Proviso East High School the great place that it is today."
The Proviso East Pirates expressed extreme gratitude for the gift, but for the class of 1971, giving back came naturally.
"It was easy," said Merydith. "So many of our alums have a great love for Proviso and were happy to donate extra money to the cause. We know new equipment will benefit the school for many years, and we hope to raise even more money for the school at our next reunion. We're true Pirates—loyal forever. We believe in giving back to the school that gave us not only a great education, but wonderful memories."
All monies will be used to replace equipment in the Proviso East High School concession stand. The class’s donation is enough to outfit the snack shop with all new equipment items such as bun warmers, small ovens, microwaves, and more.
Thank you, class of 1971! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!