Chicago alderman holds toilet paper drive for CPS schools

September 19, 2013 (CHICAGO)

Sposato has a year's worth of toilet paper -- generic rolls and name brand -- stacked in his office. While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on a roll announcing millions of dollars for school construction projects, including a $17 million addition at Walter Payton High School, Alderman Sposato was collecting toilet paper.

"Schools' budgets were cut drastically and I wanted to help out. So instead of school supplies, we figured toilet paper," Sposato said.

Sposato said about $3 million was cut from elementary schools and a high school in his ward.

"Sayre lost $200K, Dever lost $200K, Canty lost $400K, Bridge lost $500K, Locke lost $500K, and Steinmetz High School lost $1.4 million. That's a lot of money," Sposato said in a statement. While toilet paper might not make a huge dent in the budget, he said it's something they all need, and with which the community can help.

"Obviously the school board isn't providing, the alderman came up with a good idea a unique idea," Jim Ignatowski, parent, said.

"All of our public schools in this ward are fantastic and yet they get absolutely no support from CPS," Kerry Murphy, parent, said.

Parents said their schools are extremely overcrowded and at Dever Elementary School kids share text books and the auditorium was converted into a cafeteria.

We know there is money because it is being handed out, but none of it is on the way to our school," Murphy said.

Sposato hosted a BBQ at his ward office to thank the community for the donations.

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