Westside schools:
Ivywild baskets, Washington wish lists

       Ivywild Elementary staff and volunteers will prepare goodies for more than 50 needy school families Friday morning, Dec. 22 in the school's 18th annual Christmas Basket Project.
       Anyone can help out with the effort, in which baskets are filled with a variety of useful household items along with wrapped presents for the kids. Ivywild is at 1604 South Cascade Ave.
       Items for the baskets are donated from area businesses, churches and school staffers themselves, according to staff member/event organizer Marilyn Eggleston.
       Potential recipients are identified during the fall semester by school staff, and the school calls those families to see if they would like to get a basket.
       Ivywild, serving much of the lower downtown area, has the third highest poverty rate in District 11, with 87 percent of its students on free or reduced lunches.
       For more information, call Eggleston at 328-4355.
      
       This year the District Attorney's Office has adopted Washington Elementary. Through a school liaison, the DA's office was provided with a Christmas wish list, with which its staff complied this week. Items included clothing, bicycle equipment, toys and gift certificates.
       “Students are in need of not only necessities, but also of fun items that many kids take for granted,” said District Court Manager Fran Tirman, who coordinated the effort.
       The office had also provided supplies at the beginning of the school year.

Westside Pioneer/press releases