Community dinner to save Jackson School

From press release

The Jackson School Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO) is turning its second annual Mostaccioli Dinner into a community gathering in support of the venerable school, one of several local schools targeted for possible closure as part of the Rockford School Board’s cost-saving measures.

The dinner is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in the gymnasium. Dinner is $1 per plate or $5 per family (up to eight), and children younger than 3 are admitted free. Beverages will be provided. Anyone planning to attend is encouraged to RSVP by e-mailing (preferred) or calling one of the contacts listed at the end of this release.

The PTO invites neighbors and community members to join Jackson School students and their families at this special meeting to show their support of Rockford’s oldest continually-operated public school. Guests are encouraged to wear the school colors—royal blue and white—or Jackson School Spirit Wear. Spirit Wear may also be purchased at the event.

Jackson School is at 315 Summit St., in the heart of Rockford. The original portion of the school, designed by D.S. Schureman Architects, opened in 1904. The gymnasium was added in 1950, and an addition called the “pod” was built in 1969. While many people assume the school was named after President Andrew Jackson, it was actually named in honor of former Rockford Mayor Charles E. Jackson (1867-1929).

This event is not sponsored by Rockford Public School District 205.

For more information, contact Sara Bowers, Jackson School PTO co-president, at or (815) 871-6266; or Jeanette Rowan, Jackson School PTO co-president, at or (815) 978-7134.

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