Santa delivers 

CPS, partners give holiday gifts to elementary and middle school students.

December 23, 2008

Photo by Mireya Acierto

Santa Claus stopped by two CPS schools this month to deliver some very special gifts.


At Cooper Dual Language Academy, 1624 W. 19th St, Santa Claus, with a little help from CPS Central Office elves, delivered more than 700 gifts to students on Dec. 19, 2008.


The gifts were part of the Letters to Santa program organized by Direct Effect Charities, in which needy children from schools with high poverty levels compose letters asking for holiday gifts.


The letters were forwarded by Direct Effect Charities to organizations or donors – in this case, the CPS Central Office – who purchased gifts of no more than $25. The gifts were then wrapped, delivered and distributed to the students who wrote the letters at the participating schools. In total, Direct Effect Charities and its partners provided presents to about 10,000 needy CPS students this holiday season.


Cooper was “adopted” this year by employees of Chicago Public Schools’ Central Office and their friends and families.


Santa Claus also delivered more than 500 gifts to students at Rosario Castellanos Middle School, 2524 S. Central Park Ave. Students received hands-on games and activity books ranging from science to craft kits. Employees of Custom Staffing, a Chicago-area staffing services company, purchased the gifts.