Yesterday’s Families of RAUC (FRAUC) meeting took place outside in chilly Bergin Park, across Haskell Street from the School. Head of School Julie Craven spoke to us about school activities for the 2021-2022 school year.
As part of that, we discussed the future of the traditional RAUC 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. This trip is popular with students and staff, a culmination of the 8th grade civics curriculum and a capstone of the middle school experience. FRAUC raises about $25,000–mostly through an annual gala and silent auction–to help fund the trip, with the goal that every student should be able to attend if they choose.
Although RAUC has been the only middle school in the city to continue the tradition in recent years, plans were interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and 2021. Now, in our third school year affected by the pandemic, and with CPS field trips currently limited to one hour away from the school, the trip seems unlikely to happen in Spring 2022. FRAUC members remain hopeful about reviving it for Spring 2023 8th graders.
With funds raised for the trip, we discussed alternative ways to support the school. Ms. Craven asked FRAUC for support of a principal’s discretionary fund for expenses that come up that are not covered by the school budget: enrichment activities, family needs and other expenses that come up. FRAUC voted to allocate $1,000 to that purpose in the coming months. We had already allocated $500 for the snack cupboard at our October 2021 meeting, but it is not currently needed now that the cupboard is full. Those snack funds stand at the ready for future needs.