Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Family-friendly bike ride through Bronzeville on September 9

There is a family-friendly side-by-side bike ride through historic Bronzeville on Saturday morning, September 9. Meet at Dyett High School to register and enjoy some light refreshments. The ride starts at 10am and ends at noon.

Bring your bike and helmet!

For more details, click here for the flyer.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Donations and Volunteers Needed for HPKCAC's Jane Averill Community Reading Day on October 6

The HPKCAC is organizing the Jane Averill Community Reading Day on October 6th!  

We are asking for donations and volunteers from the community to make this event happen. 

This community reading event is named after Jane Averill, a beloved preschool teacher at Ray School, a fighter for public education and social justice, and a member of the HPKCAC. 

On October 6, 80-100 volunteers will read a favorite book of Jane Averill's, We All Sing with the Same Voice, to PreK or Kindergarten students for 15-20 minutes; after that, volunteers will be taken on a tour of the school.

We are envisioning this taking place at the beginning of the school day/pre-k session, but the exact time may be different for each school, and there are afternoon pre-k classes as well. In the coming weeks, we will confirm the start time with each school and liaisons will reach out to volunteers with the time that their school has said is the best time. (Most schools start between 8am-9am.) 

We would like to raise $2500 to make sure each child gets a copy of the book to take home. We hope that the experience of getting inside our neighborhood schools will encourage community members to find ways to support our neighborhood schools in the coming year.

There is an online link to volunteer: https://goo.gl/jbDnjZ

We are so grateful to 57th Street Books for partnering with us! They will be collecting donations to cover the cost of the books. Donations can be accept in the form of cash or check. If you mail your check, please make it out to 57th Street Books.

You can send a check to:
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL  60637
Attn: Kevin/Manager 

If you'd like to print out some flyers for the event to pass out to friends and neighbors, click here.

If you'd like to print out a donation form to pass out to someone who might make a donation, click here.

The Hyde Park Herald published an article about it which you can read here.

Thank you!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Free high school curriculum on the food system is available

A free supplementary curriculum for high school students on the topic of the food industry is available for teachers who would like to use it. The curriculum, FoodSpan, is related to the documentary film, Food Frontiers, which was part of One Earth Film Festival this spring and  includes 17 free downloadable lesson plans that span the food system from farm to plate and beyond.
All 17 free lessons in FoodSpan are aligned with social studies standards, and 11 each with science and health standards. FoodSpan delves into environmental, health and social justice issues related to the way our food is produced, processed, marketed, etc.

Professional development opportunities available for HPKCAC community

CPS is making available some professional development opportunities for CACs. Hyde Park-Kenwood CAC folks are welcome to attend any of the workshops listed below. If you would like to attend any of these workshops, please email Chasda Martin (cmartin5@cps.edu) and let him know which session you plan to attend.

Helping Your Child Succeed: Parent Strategies for Improved Communication with Teachers and Schools
South Shore/HPK
Dyett Parent University 555 E. 51st
Dr. Tierra Winston
9am – 12pm
Understanding Trauma
Colman Building
4655 South Dearborn St
Room 409
Dr. Cyndee Langley

Understanding Parental Engagement: Closing the Gap
South Shore/HPK
Dyett Parent University 555 E. 51st
Dr. Tierra Winston

Next meeting on Wednesday, August 23 from 6-8pm at Hyde Park Art Center

The next HPKCAC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 23 at the Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S. Cornell Avenue) from 6-8pm. We'll have a full agenda with elections, discussion of our proposed upcoming Jane Averill Community Reading Day event, vote on a HPKCAC letter re: the new single application, and school updates.

If you attend HPKCAC meetings and would like to be elected to one of four leadership positions (2 co-chairs and 2 co-secretaries) please come to the meeting prepared to give a 2-minute-or-less spiel on why you would like to hold a particular position.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Community Grants available through Illinois Humanities with deadline of September 15

The Illinois Humanities Community Grants program is back up and running after two cycles of hiatus. Their categories for grants are: planning, strategy and evaluation grants (Vision, up to $2,000); project grants (Action, up to $4,000); and partnership and collaboration initiatives (Multiplier, up to $15,000). Learn more about each category and apply by September 15th here.
Illinois Humanities pays special attention to project ideas that explore more innovative program formats, that try to attract new audiences, and that explore new tools such as digital platforms. There is a lot of exciting and provocative work happening in Illinois in the arts, culture, and humanities arenas, and they are seeking proposals that help groups take risks and try out new things to grow programmatically and organizationally.
If you have ideas you'd like to bounce around with an Illinois Humanities staffer, feel free to do so by contacting Mark Hallett at 312.374.1555 ormark.hallett@ilhumanities.org.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Back to School Bash for Network 9 on August 22

CPS will be hosting its 2nd annual Back to School Bash for Network 9 on Tuesday, August 22nd from 2pm-5pm at the DuSable Campus (4934 S. Wabash).  

There will be free school supplies, food, information, and FUN (DJ, games, & raffles)! 

Click here for the flyer.

Last year many community organizations took advantage of the opportunity to talk with families and distribute brochures and flyers about the various services and programs that they offer families and students. If your community organization would like to reserve a table in the Back to School Bash for Network 9, please complete the Google form at this link:

                                              https://goo.gl/forms/Zk6tSTT ME4cGiPX72