FRIENDS OF LINCOLN PARK HIGH SCHOOL WELCOMES YOU
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FRIENDS OF LINCOLN PARK HIGH SCHOOL
Friends of Lincoln Park High School (FOLPHS) is a parent-run, volunteer organization seeking to improve the educational and cultural opportunities of our LPHS students. Each year, our collective work raises numerous dollars to support the school and its activities. With your support, we can accomplish even more! Please join us in supporting the school.
Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month (with the exception of September 2020, which will be held September 15). For now, all meetings will be held via Zoom. All are welcome! Look for meeting information and links in your email.
SUPPORT FOLPHS ANY TIME!
Thank you for helping LPHS build a strong, beautiful path forward!
The bricks have been installed — please check them out!
There will also be a chance to purchase bricks again next year.
Who Doesn't Want to See Their Name in Lights?
Send a personalized message to someone special: Purchase message space for a week on our new marquee sign! Thank a teacher; wish your student happy birthday or good luck; and/or congratulate someone on an impressive achievement.
Your message will rotate on the Marquee for the entire week. Cost is $50.
Thank you for your support! Every dollar raised goes to Friends of Lincoln Park High School general funds to support our students!
Messages are subject to the approval of Lincoln Park High School.
THE EASIEST WAY TO HELP: SHOP AT AMAZON FOR LP!
Amazon donates a portion of qualified purchases to charity, and you can choose LP! Sign in to smile.amazon.com and choose Friends of Lincoln Park High School as your charity. Take the easy way out!
THE LION'S DEN APPAREL STORE
The Lion’s Den sells stylish Lincoln Park High School Spiritwear: Shop 24/7/365! The online store has both standard spiritwear offered year-round, as well as limited availability seasonal items. Get in the LPHS spirit with sweat pants, hoodies, baseball hats, t-shirts and more!
ALL THE RAGE FOR SPRING 2020: LP FACE MASKS!
Show Off Your Talents!
Pride Month & Juneteenth
June is Pride Month, the celebration of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) culture, achievements, activities, and advancements that the community has made over the years.
It’s hard to believe, but as recently as the 60’s it was illegal to be openly gay. That means that one could go to jail simply for being gay or being in the presence of someone gay. On June 28, 1968, the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular bar frequented by the LGBTQ community. Rather than allow themselves to be arrested again for living their authentic lives, the patrons rebelled and stood their ground. This led to days of riots and protests which became known as the Stonewall Uprising.
On the one-year anniversary of the event, thousands gathered in Manhattan for the Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day March, which became known as the first gay pride event. President Bill Clinton declared June as “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month” in 1999 and in 2016 Barack Obama declared the Stonewall Inn a national monument. Today many major cities and even some smaller towns hold their versions of Pride Parades and celebrations as well as various events such as concerts, festivals, or other programs to commemorate and celebrate Pride Month.
Pride Month is a month-long celebration, but it should serve to remind us that “love is love” all year round. It’s a reminder of the importance of inclusion and acceptance, and of how far we’ve come, and of how far we still have to go.
Juneteenth is a celebration that commemorates June 19th in 1865, when after almost 2 years, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. Even though the Civil War had ended weeks prior to this, there had not been much Union presence in Texas, and the Emancipation Proclamation had always depended on direct military enforcement. The Proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”
In enforcing the Proclamation in Texas, the US military effectively ended the bondage of the last enslaved people in the former Confederacy. It did not completely end chattel slavery, which continued to exist in border states like Delaware for months after, until passage of the 13th amendment formally ended it. Still, the emancipation of the Confederacy’s last enslaved people had a momentous symbolic significance.
As details of this announcement continued to slowly spread throughout the state, spontaneous celebrations followed, and the date of June 19th became an important historical date for Black American communities. However, while Juneteenth is seen as the end of slavery in America, each state may attribute different dates as the official end of slavery in their area. That makes the 19th of June truly a celebration by the people and for the people, having been collectively decided as the formal date of Black American liberation from slavery.
On 6/17/2021, President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, making Juneteenth a federal holiday. Let’s use the occasion of this date to reflect not only on the positive impact of the original Juneteenth, but on the centuries of trauma that preceded it, and the stalled promises of social and political equality during the decades that followed. Juneteenth is a celebration of what we’ve accomplished, and a challenge to confront our history, address the realities of our present, and to keep striving to do better.
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Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making Friends of Lincoln Park High School an even better Nonprofit Organization than it already is.
Board members usually serve for one year and meet once a month. If you want to serve in this capacity, please use the Get in Touch button below to email us and let us know your interest.