About 50 people — youngsters from Family Focus programs and their adult supporters — marched through part of Evanston’s west side late this afternoon to back efforts to save the facility.

The event, organized by Dear Evanston and the Evanston Cradle to Career initiative, is a response to news that the Family Focus organization has decided to sell the former Foster School building because it can no longer afford to maintain it, although the non-profit says it hopes to continue its programs in Evanston as a tenant in the building.

Some local residents have organized an effort to purchase the building, which, at the requests of activists, was recently designated an Evanston landmark.

About the middle of the march route, the youngsters stopped for ice cream at the C&W Market at 1901 Church St.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Who is the March for?
    I understand some people want to keep Family Focus in the building, but I’m unclear what the march is supposed to accomplish.

    Are they protesting Family Focus? They own the building and are ultimately in control about whether they stay or leave.

    The activists didn’t do Family Focus any favors by pushing the city to name it a landmark. All that will do is reduce the market of potential buyers.

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