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PTA Equity Project: PEP Restaurant Week is September 23-27

Restaurants throughout Evanston are joining together for the city’s 2nd Annual Restaurant Week, benefiting the PTA Equity Project, a program created by equity representatives from 13 District 65 schools. The PTA Equity Project (or PEP) is a collaborative effort across the district to address disparities in PTA fundraising opportunities among schools, which often result in inequitable experiences for students. A detailed study by PEP found some schools were able to fundraise as much as 10 times more than other schools, leading to a significant difference in per-student spending. This 2nd annual restaurant week will help raise funds to support the important enrichment and community-building activities PTAs provide to students and their families.

“For the past three years, the PEP committee has been working to address the noticeable differences in the ability of some of our schools to fundraise compared with other schools. We have been so encouraged and inspired by the commitment of all of the school PTAs in our district to support our mission of addressing these inequities and their impact on student and teacher experiences,” said Elizabeth Davies, co-facilitator of PEP.

“While Evanston is not unique in having schools with varied resources, we believe we have the ability to solve this problem with a district-wide commitment to ensuring all students have an equitable experience.” Now, local restaurants are jumping in to help launch PEP by donating a portion of each dollar spent to PEP during the week of September 24-27. Restaurants include: Candlelite, Curt’s Cafe, Dengeos, Firehouse, Ovo Frito Cafe, YoFresh Yogurt, Herm’s Palace, La Principal, Beth’s Little Bake Shop, Old Neighborhood Grill, Panino’s Pizzeria, Firefly Kitchen, Peckish Pig, The Cellar at Stained Glass, Edzo’s Burger Shop, Bake HomeMade Pizza, Frio Gelato, KOI Fine Asain Cuisine, Good To Go Jamican Cuisine and Pizza Hut (2 convenient locations: 951 Howard and 1115 Emerson). Diners should mention they are there in support of the PTA Equity Project to earn 10% to 20% of the cost of their meal donated to the initiative.

“We are excited that so many of our locally owned restaurants have decided to continue their commitment to our mission and equally grateful for those who have just recently joined this year. This is a unique opportunity for all of us to support the idea that while we have 18 schools with varying needs, we are truly one district and one community that is Evanston. It is wonderful to have so many community partners willing to engage in the process and lend their support. We hope all community members join us in dining out to support PEP and show our appreciation for the generosity of these businesses that share our commitment to the children of Evanston,” Davies said.


To learn more about PEP’s restaurant week and find details for each participating restaurant, visit

Additionally, if you would like to donate additional funds please consider a donation here: