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Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006 10:05 pm

Seven up

Teachers plan fundraiser for one of their own

Untitled Document Teachers at Douglas Alternative School are hosting a fundraiser for Doris Chambers and seven children she took into her home. As we reported in a recent cover story [see “Lucky number seven,” Oct. 19], Chambers is now legal guardian to seven siblings she met while working at the Urban League — a fact that surprised some of her co-workers. The children came to Chambers more than a year ago, after their father died and their mother was sent to prison for armed robbery. “Some people are in shock. They didn’t even know what Doris was doing,” says English teacher Janet Barkmeier. The fundraiser — from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Thirsty’s Playground, 1975 W. Wabash Ave. — will offer food, a 50/50 drawing, a holiday dessert sale, a prize raffle, plus live music and other entertainment. Tickets cost $10, and will be available at the door. Chambers and the children asked for nothing; in fact, our story quoted one of the oldest, 16-year-old Marquetta Dickerson, explaining how satisfied the kids were to be living with Chambers. “We’re not lacking anything. We’ve got everything we need. We can match up to anybody now,” Marquetta told IT last month. “We are happy.”
Nevertheless, some readers contacted Chambers offering financial gifts and clothing for the kids. But Barkmeier has a loftier goal in mind: “I’d like her to walk out of this fundraiser with a year’s worth of utility payments,” she says.

Contact Dusty Rhodes at drhodes@illinoistimes.com.
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