LaSalle II World Language Magnet School (CPS) is gearing up for its annual
fundraising benefit, “Spring Thaw”. This annual – and largest – fundraising effort will be held Saturday,
March 24, 6pm – 10pm at Excalibur (632 N. Dearborn). Tickets are $60 per person and include dinner,
beer and wine, plus extensive silent auction packages and a live auction. The event is open to the

Spring Thaw 2012 culminates on the heels of LaSalle II’s first ever Capital Campaign launched with a goal
of “Seventy in 7” – to raise $70,000 in seven months. The benefit is 70’s themed and attire is suggested
(but not mandatory).

Organized by the LaSalle II PTO, “Spring Thaw” raises much needed funds for programs such as: After
school programming; “Kiss-n-Go” curbside pick-up to and from school; music programs; cultural
enrichment events ; teacher fellowship grants and infrastructure improvements. While supporting all
programs, additional funds this year are being concentrated on a “Playground Re-Imagination” program
to revamp the school’s playground on the Wolcott Street side of the campus.

LaSalle II World Language Magnet School is celebrating its fourth year of inception and first year of
expansion to full campus capacity. Housed in two buildings at Honore and Division Streets in the Wicker
Park neighborhood of Chicago, LaSalle II is home to 600 children grades pre-k through Eighth (including
special needs programming). Students represent a diverse range of backgrounds including: 2% Asian,
21% African American, 48% Hispanic, 25% White and 4% other. In addition to the CPS selection of
core subjects, all children are given language instruction daily in one of five languages: Arabic, Urdu,
Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese. The goal is for children to be fluent in their language upon
eighth grade graduation.


Spring Thaw 2012 is open to the public and tickets can be purchased online at