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|District Dedicates Lombard Auditorium
|A dedication ceremony was held Saturday at Lombard Middle School to honor one of the school's longtime supporters.
District 205 began circulating petitions year's ago to name the school's auditorium after radio-host and community advocate Jack Larson.
Board of Education members approved the naming, and from there it was simply a matter of waiting until renovation's to the auditorium had been completed through Operation Rebuild Achievement.
Yesterday's dedication ceremony saw Big Band music played and memories shared of Larson and the programs he ran for District students.
Jack Larson's son John Larson tells WGIL that his father thought fundraising could go a long way, but at some point, someone needed to do the work.
"I'm really happy, this is a great space, you know my Dad would come to the concerts in this building when I was in the band and that choir so I think he would be pleased," says Larson. "It's a little overwhelming to see that name on the wall, but it's a fitting tribute I think."
Jack Larson's projects included the Free Instrument Loan Program, Coats for Kids, and the Shoe project which donated over 300 pairs of shoes to district students last year. Jack Larson's son Jim Larson tells WGIL the naming is a big honor for their family.
"We both went to school here," says Larson, referring to his brother, John. "We lived across the street, Dad came over here and got involved specifically with this school, so that does make it all the more meaningful."
Members of Larson's family participated in the band during yesterday's dedication ceremony.
John Larson says his father would have wondered why they were "making a fuss" over his work and programs - saying his father was a very humble person looking to help people.
|09 28 13 by Newsroom
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