Many thanks to parent Jassen Strokosch for sending along these photos of students getting a glimpse of new solar panels before they were installed atop the school earlier this month.
Strokosch and others raised about $13,000 for the panels during a June 2011 fundraising race called the Chicago Ragnar relay, where a group of local parents ran from Madison, Wisc. back to Chicago.
Solar panels are just part of a larger greening effort at the school, called the , which aims to make the school "a model of an urban ecological schoolyard," according to the Schoolyard Project's website.
Students have already , and plans for replacing the school's existing cement playground with green space remain in the works.