Homer 33C/ Old Plank Trail Community Bank joins effort to save Ross School

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High


Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628


For Immediate Release:

Nov. 8, 2017


Old Plank Trail Community Bank joins effort to save Ross School

Donates $500 to restore one-room schoolhouse


Old Plank Trail Community Bank has joined the effort to Save Ross School, a historic one-room schoolhouse on Bell Road.


The bank contributed $500 toward the restoration efforts. It is the largest monetary donation received to date.

“The effort to restore Ross School is a great community effort,” said Paul Slade, Chairman and CEO of Old Plank Trail Community Bank.


“As a community bank, we believe in supporting the good work of our friends and neighbors,” he added. “Commitment to the community we serve is one of our core values and we are thankful for the opportunity to help.”

Ross School was built circa 1850s and served generations of students up until 1956 when Homer Community Consolidated School 33C was established with the consolidation of six one-room schoolhouses.


The district is in the midst of a $10,000 fundraising campaign to restore the school, which was moved to the entrance of Homer Junior High School in 1997.

Volunteers have already addressed structural concerns at the school by adding collar ties inside the school and replacing the leaky roof with materials donated by Filotto Construction and Richards Building Supply Company.


Funds are needed, however, to restore or replace some of the siding, windows, doors and hardwood flooring.


If you would like to join the effort to Save Ross School, please contact Homer 33C Communications/Public Relations Manager Charla Brautigam at 708-226-7628.



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