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O’Neill Middle School partners with local restaurants to raise funds

Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – Eighth-graders at O’Neill Middle School will do their part to raise awareness of past and present genocides during their annual fundraising campaign, “Got Awareness.”

Over the past four years, O’Neill students have raised more than $13,500, and there are several upcoming opportunities for community members to support the cause.

This year’s fundraisers will benefit the Solar Cooker Project, which provides solar cookers to women in refugee camps. Funds will also benefit Sudanese Community Center, which assists Sudanese living in the Chicago area area to acclimate to America by helping them find day care, adult education, job training, transportation, and English as a Second Language courses.

Bd’s Mongolian Grill at the Bolingbrook Promenade donated $3 for every person who came in from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and said they were there for the guest grillers – O’Neill Middle School staff.

On May 16, Home Run Inn Pizza at 75th Street and Lemont Road will donate 20 percent of the bill for every dine-in or carryout customer who turns in the event flyer, which is available for download at

The students will also sell wristbands and gift basket raffle tickets during all lunch periods the week of May 6 to raise awareness about genocides throughout the world and raise funds for the various charities.

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