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On Sept. 12, a record 2,300 cyclists descended upon Evanston Township High School to participate in the Evanston Bike Club’s annual North Shore Century ride. The school’s educational foundation volunteered to host this year’s event when Neal Nye, ride organizer, learned that the usual venue at Dawes Park would not be available.

In true ETHS spirit, teachers, students and Educational Foundation board members rallied. They helped raise money to support the Foundation’s current funding priority, the ETHS Special Education Transition House.

Thanks in part to participants, their sponsors and many other donors, the ETHS Educational Foundation was able to distribute $80,000 to Evanston Township High School to help defray the costs of renovating the Transition House. The facility provides a home setting for developmentally disabled young adults aged 18-22 to learn the life skills necessary for leading semi-independent lives. It is equipped to allow instructors to teach vocational, social, recreational, and other community-based activities. Plans are underway to install solar panels on the roof in order to keep the house.