On Monday, August 25, Urbana alumni, supporters, and students came together to be taught by Superintendent Donald Owen how to tie a bow-tie. Just in time for National Bow-Tie day (Thursday, August 28), the fundraiser was more than a fashion class – it was a fundraiser for the Greg Chew Scholarship. The gathering was something that those who knew Mr. Chew said he would approve of.
At Mr. Chew’s urging and in honor of the former drama, theatre, and English teacher, Urbana School District #116 created a scholarship for Urbana students interested in pursing drama or theatre in post-secondary schooling. Drama was a life-long pursuit for Mr. Chew and many of the students he taught. He was a popular English teacher, along with speech and theatre, at UHS and UMS for 35 years. During his tenure with the District, he became the director of the UHS drama program and made a lasting impression on the many students who joined the program. Mr. Chew passed away in May of 2014 after a battle with cancer. The District is looking to raise $25,000 for the endowed scholarship fund to be self-sustaining. The bow-tie clinic was the first of many events that will benefit the scholarship.
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For this event, Dr. Owen gave a brief overview and history of the bow-tie (starting in the 16th century with Croatian soldiers, and leading up to previous European and US politicians and current pop-culture figures). With help from two UHS students, senior Abram Washington and sophomore David Owen, the supporters watched several how to tie a bow-tie demonstrations and received one on one tutoring. Dr. Owen also debuted his own tie a bow-tie YouTube instruction video that was filmed in the Cobb Auditorium, which is home of the Greg Chew Control Booth.
Contributions to the Greg Chew Scholarship fund can be sent to the Urbana School District #116, 205 N. Race St., Urbana, IL 61801, c/o Chew Scholarship fund.
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