January 6, 2012
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Jean-Claude Brizard today joined in the culminating event of the District’s Safe Haven, Safe Holiday program, a key component of the city’s efforts to ensure that students were able to spend their winter break safely and productively.
This season’s Safe Haven, Safe Holiday curriculum and theme focused on anti-bullying. Programming included anger management workshops, conflict resolution exercises and group discussions, as well as arts and crafts. The culminating event today at DuSable Campus, 4934 S. Wabash Ave., featured a panel discussion on bullying and performances by students who were part of Safe Haven, Safe Holiday during the past two weeks.
Safe Haven, Safe Holiday, an extension of CPS’s Safe Haven program, is a partnership between CPS and the faith community providing students with structured and productive activities in a safe and secure environment. Catholic Charities provided students with breakfast and lunch meals during Safe Haven, Safe Holiday. The program served almost 1,000 children age 5-17 for the past two weeks at 40 faith institutions throughout Chicago.
CEO Brizard praised the Safe Haven, Safe Holiday for providing an important bridge between the end of last school semester and the resumption of school. School for all CPS students resumes on Monday, January 9, and Brizard emphasized the importance of all students returning to school on schedule, ready and prepared for their academic tasks.
He also encouraged the children who participated in the program to apply the lessons they learned during the last two weeks to their everyday lives.
“Safe Haven, Safe Holiday has provided our students with additional tools to help them succeed as they return to school,” Brizard said. “Staying productively engaged and focusing on such topics as anti-bullying and conflict resolution will yield great benefits to them as they return to their school communities.”
Lunches at the culminating event were provided by Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality. Tisha Lewis from Fox News Chicago served as a hostess for the event.
Chicago Public Schools serves 405,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.