CPS CEO Brizard Urges Students to be Safe During Spring Break 

Suggests safe alternate options for Spring activities


March 30, 2012


As students and families prepare for Spring break, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Jean-Claude Brizard today announced alternate options for families during the break to keep their children safe.


“I want all of our students to have a happy and safe spring break,” Brizard said. “I encourage parents with children on break to get them involved with safe activities that will keep them busy and actively engaged.”


A safe and free alternative for students on spring break is the Spring Break Safe Haven program, an extension of the CPS Safe Haven initiative. Spring Break Safe Haven is designed to provide CPS students with structured and productive activities while out of school.  This year, Spring Break Safe Haven will operate in 50 churches across Chicago and will begin on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 and will end with culminating events at each participating church on April 6th, 2012. The program will run Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.  CPS has also partnered with Catholic Charities to provide breakfast and lunch daily for each child.


This season’s Spring Break Safe Haven curriculum and theme will focus on anti-bullying. Programming will include anger management workshops, conflict resolution exercises, group discussions as well as arts and crafts. For more information, parents can call 773.553.2500. A list of participating churches is below.


In addition to finding safe spring activities, Brizard also encourages parents to review these safety tips with their children during spring time months:


  • Spring time is now here. For most children, this means more outdoor activities (camping, bike riding, etc.). For all parents, this means being extra vigilant to keep your child safe and healthy. Learn about spring allergies, water and sun safety and using insect repellents safely.
  • Have your kids stay inside the house after dark. 
  • If they have to be outside, remind your kids that they need to be extra careful walking around, especially after the sun goes down. 
  • Make sure your kids know that drivers may have a difficult time seeing them particularly in rainy weather. Remind them to only cross the streets using crosswalks. Have them wear bright color or reflective clothing when outdoors after dark.


Spring break for most Chicago Public Schools students begins this Friday, March 30th. Students who attend Track E schools began their break last Friday, March 23rd.  Classes for all CPS students resume on Monday, April 9th, 2012.


Participating churches and organizations for the Spring Break Safe Haven include: 


Brickyard Bible
6334 W. Diversey 
Chicago, Illinois 60639

New Life Covenant
2401 W. North
Chicago, Illinois 60647

St. James Industrial 
8539 S. Racine
Chicago, Illinois 60621

Mission Cristiana Familiar
1905 W. Schiller
Chicago, Illinois 60622 

2500 N. Talman
Chicago, Illinois 60647

Original Mt. Pleasant
6614 S. Blackstone
Chicago Illinois 60637

WestPoint M.B. Church
3566 S. Cottage Grove Ave. 
Chicago, Illinois 60652

St. Titus One M.B.  Church 
12257 S. Emerald
Chicago, Illinois 60628

Christian Love M. B. Church
535 S Spaulding 
Chicago, Illinois 60624

Greater St. John M.B. Church
1256 N. Waller Street
Chicago Illinois, 60651

Launch Out Into the Deep
2223 S. Millard
Chicago, Illinois 60623

New Landmark M.B. Church
2700 W. Wilcox
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Christ Centered Ministries
1533 S. Drake Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60623

Bright Star M.B. Church 
735 E. 44th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60653

Rising Sun Baptist Church
820 N. Central Ave. 
Chicago, Illinois 60651

Chicago Embassy Church
5848 S. Princeton
Chicago, Illinois 60621

1st Corinthian Baptist Church
7500 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, Illinois 60620

Mt. Hermon
7848 Normal Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60636

Promise Center
13560 S. Indiana Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60827

New Eclipse
715 W. 51st Street
Chicago, Illinois 60609

Praise Tabernacle
9511 S. Commercial
Chicago, Illinois 60617

Urban Vinyard
9511 S. Commercial
Chicago, Illinois 60647

New Ebenezer
3555 W. Huron Street
Chicago, Illinois 60624

Bethlehem Star M.B. Church
9231 S. Cottage Grove
Chicago, Illinois 60619

People Church of the Harvest
3570 W. 5th Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60624

El Buen Pastor
2159 W. Cullerton
Chicago, Illinois 60608

2425 West Division Street
Chicago, Illinois 60622

Purpose Over Pain
58 E. 48th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60615

Believe in Thine Heart
6000 S. Ashland Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60636

Greater Morning View
2335 W. 100th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60617

Christian Fellowship Flock
10724 S. Ewing
Chicago, Illinois 60617

New Life Pilsen
2512 S. Oakley
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Gospel Truth Life Changing
4118 W. Division
Chicago, Illinois 60624

St. Rest M.B.Church
5920 W. North Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60651

Truth and Deliverance
5151 W. Madison
Chicago, Illinois 60644

Iglesia Evangelica Emanuel
5018 w. Armitage Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60639

New Life C.C. H.P.
1410 N. Springfield
Chicago, Illinois 60651

Heirs of the Promise
4821 W. Chicago Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60644

Deliverance Christian
7737 S. Kedzie Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60652

Gifts from God Ministry
1818 W. 74th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60636

Grace And Peace
2100 N. Kildare
Chicago, Illinois 60639

3542 W. 59th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60629

Corinthian Temple
4520 W. Washington
Chicago, Illinois 60624

Peaceful New Beginnings Church
345 S. Cicero Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60644

Truth & Life 
4146 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60651

Liberations Christian Center
6801 S. Ashland
Chicago, Illinois 60653

New Cannaland M.B. Church
5957 S. Peoria Street Chicago, Illinois 60621

Iglesia Cristiana Manantial
5018 W. Armitage
Chicago, Illinois 60632

New Memorial M.B. Church
6844 S. Indiana Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60637

The Way of Truth Church Baptist
6458 S. California
Chicago, Illinois 60629


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