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It’s that time of year again. The time when the coats come off, the gloves and hats are put up, and students get ready to spend a week away from school. It’s spring break 2009!
While thousands of CPS students, teachers and staff are taking the traditional approach to their vacation (rest, relaxation, and did we mention rest?), others are taking a more non-traditional approach.
Many schools are doing service-learning projects, traveling abroad or hosting school-wide celebrations. Here’s a look at what several schools are doing across the district.
College road trip
More than 400 CPS students will hit the road during spring break this year to learn more about college. The 2009 Spring Break College Tours provide CPS high school students with an affordable opportunity to choose and visit various colleges and universities based on interest, degrees, programs and admissions. Students will visit several colleges across the country. The tour includes the Associated College of the Midwest/Illinois Tour, Big 10 College Tour, Ivy League College Tour, Males Only College Tour, Historically Black College Tour and the Deloitte Future Business Leaders College Tour.
Bon voyage and Auf Wiedersehen
The LaSalle Language Academy, 1734 N.Orleans St., is sending nine students to Landsberg, Germany, and 10 students to Montauban, France, as part of its annual Language and Cultural Immersion Exchange Program. At home, LaSalle families will also host a group of 10 students and their chaperones from Piacenza, near Milan, Italy.
Inspiring the youth
The Cesar E. Chavez Multicultural Academy, 4747 S. Marshfield Ave., will host its annual Youth Summit this week. The all-day event focuses on reducing violence and increasing parental involvement. More than 50 organizations, 15 schools, and at least 700 students are expected to attend.
Students who are members of the Social Justice Club at Thomas Kelly High School, 4136 S. California Ave., will travel to New Orleans this week. The students will continue the work of cleaning up the area destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.
Four CPS students will be participating in the 13th Annual MVP Chess Tournament for CPS. The event takes place at Harold Washington Library on April 7. Winners will be awarded with $25,000 college scholarships.
Students at Burbank Elementary School, 2035 N. Mobile Ave., will spend the week working toward improving their community. The students have the opportunity to work with the community agency of their choice.
One CPS Environmental Science teacher at Hyde Park Academy, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., will spend her vacation going green. She’s planting a green garden that will include new plantings of vegetables, and continued cultivation of a variety of fruit trees without using pesticides or artificial fertilizers. The garden’s compost heap will be used as organic fertilizer and the rain barrels will be the source for water in addition to normal rainfall. She is also working on building a Purple Martin house to attract the mosquito-eating birds.
Join us here over the next few weeks as we highlight spring stories from around the district.
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