Illinois AARP Announces $100,000 Award for Innovative Chicago Public High School

Illinois AARP Announces $100,000 Award for Innovative Chicago Public High School

Andrus Legacy Award Looks to Honor School with Programs Uniting Generations or Taking a Creative Approach to Community Service


Chicago, IL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 4, 2007–AARP turns 50 next year, and in honor of its founder, Ethel Percy Andrus, the organization is looking to award an innovative Chicago public high school with $100,000. The award looks to highlight a school with a program in place that either brings together generations in a creative way or fosters greater service in the community. Andrus was a former high school principal with strong local ties to Chicago.

“Chicago was a special city to AARP’s founder – she lived here, received her college education here, and built upon a set of principles here that would guide her life,” said Bob Gallo, State Director for AARP Illinois. “AARP is looking to honor our founder’s strong sense of community service and education by awarding $100,000 to a high school that shares those same principles.”

Andrus spent most of her childhood in Chicago and graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Andrus served as a high school principal in California for nearly three decades, developing and implementing a variety of innovative programs that served the interests of her students and the local community. AARP is proud to continue the Andrus tradition by rewarding a school that exemplifies her vision.

Principals may submit a brief description of a program or practice involving civic engagement or intergenerational collaboration before November 1, 2007, applications and guidelines can be found at

AARP has over 1.7 million members in Illinois. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to making life better for people 50 and over. We provide information and resources; engage in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy; assist members in serving their communities; and offer a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for our members. These include AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; Segunda Juventud, our quarterly newspaper in Spanish; Live and Learn, our quarterly newsletter for National Retired Teachers Association members; and our web site, We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Illinois AARP Announces $100,000 Award for Innovative Chicago Public High School