CEO Brizard urges Students to be Safe During Winter Break 

Suggests safe alternate options for winter activities


December 23, 2011


As students and families prepare for the holidays, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Jean-Claude Brizard and Chicago Park District CEO Michael Kelly are asking for students to be safe during the winter break.


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


A safe and free alternative for students on winter break is the Safe Haven Safe Holiday program, an extension of the CPS Safe Haven initiative. Safe Haven Safe Holiday is designed to provide CPS students with structured and productive activities while out of school.  This year, Safe Haven Safe Holiday will operate in 40 churches across Chicago and will begin on Monday, December 26th, 2011 and will end with a culminating event at DuSable high school on January 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 Safe Haven Safe Holiday 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.


The Chicago Park District also offers many low or no-cost drop-in or holiday camp programs, December 27th – 29th, and January 3rd – 6th, at parks throughout the city. Program hours and locations vary. Check with your local park for details, or visit  


“When children are out of school, we invite them to remain active at their neighborhood park,” said Supt. Kelly.


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


  • The holidays are a great time for the family to enjoy festive decorations, but make sure you remember to be careful when using candles.  Make sure all candles and lit fires are fully extinguished before turning in for bed. Children should ask an adult to light any candle for them.
  • It's winter, which means that it's cold outside.  If they do have to go outside, make sure your kids are dressed appropriately for the weather and encourage them to wear layers to help keep them warm. 
  • As the evenings get dark earlier, 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 snowy weather.   Remind them to only cross the streets using crosswalks.  Have them wear bright color or reflective clothing when outdoors after dark.


Winter break for most Chicago Public Schools students begin this Friday, December 23rd. Students who attend Track E schools began their break last Friday, December 16th.  Classes for all CPS students resume on Monday, January 9th, 2011.


Participating churches and organizations for Safe Haven Safe Holiday include:



Brickyard Bible

6334 W. Diversey

Chicago, Illinois 60639


New Life Covenant

2401 W. North

Chicago, Illinois 60647


1st Paradise M.B. Church

6736 S. Cottage Grove

Chicago, Illinois 60637



3542 W. 59th Street

Chicago, Illinois 60629


New Life Midway

4101 W. 51st

Chicago, Illinois 60632


Come Alive Ministry

2206 E. 73rd Street

Chicago, Illinois 60649


Mision Cristiana Familiar

1905 W. Schiller

Chicago, Illinois 


New Life Oakwood

710 E. 47th St.

Chicago, Illinois 60653


Faith Temple M.B. Church

6201 S. Wolcott

Chicago, Illinois 60636


New Dimension

6115 W. Fullerton

Chicago, Illinois 60639


New Life Pilsen

2512 S. Oakley

Chicago, Illinois 60608


Greater Harvest M.B. Church

5141 S. State

Chicago, Illinois 60609


Urban Vinyard

2145 N. Maplewood

Chicago, Illinois 60647




2500 N. Talman

Chicago, Illinois 60647


Holy Trinity Church

5416 S. Calumet

Chicago, Illinois 60615


King of Glory

2314 E. 83rd Street

Chicago, Illinois 60617


Pleasant Green, M.B.C.

7545 S. Vincennes

Chicago, Illinois 60620


St. James A.M.E. Church

9256 S. Lafayette

Chicago, Illinois 60621


St. James Industrial

8539 S. Racine

Chicago, Illinois 60621


St. Titus One M.B.  Church

12257 S. Emerald

Chicago, Illinois 60628


Tried Stone M. B. Church

1415 W. 104th Street

Chicago, Illinois 60643 


True Light M. B. Church

7302 S. Maryland

Chicago Illinois 60619


True Vine M.B. Church

6720 S. Stewart

Chicago, Illinois 60621


Original Mt. Pleasant

6614 S. Blackstone

Chicago Illinois 60637


WestPoint M.B. Church

3566 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

Chicago, Illinois 60652


Brotherly Love M.B. Church

3801 West Cermak Rd

Chicago, Illinois 60623


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


Mt. Ebenezer M.B. Church

3555 W. Huron

Chicago, Illinois 60624


Mt. Vernon M.B. Church

2622 W. Jackson Blvd

Chicago, Illinois 60624


New Home M.B. Church

4804 W. Polk Street

Chicago, Illinois 60644


New Landmark M.B. Church

2700 W. Wilcox

Chicago, Illinois 60612


New Mt. Pilgrim

4301 W. Washington

Chicago, Illinois 60624


Peoples Church of the Harvest

3570 W. 5th Ave.

Chicago, Illinois 60624


Truth and Deliverance

5151 w. Madison Street

Chicago, Illinois 60644


Truth & Life

4146 W. Chicago Ave.

Chicago, Illinois 60651


Bethlehem Star M.B. Church

9231 S. Cottage Grove

Chicago, Illinois 60619


Rising Sun Baptist Church

820 N. Central Ave. 

Chicago, Illinois 60651


Greater Whitestone M. B. Church

3819 W. Ogden

Chicago, Illinois 60623





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