Thursday, August 23, 2018

Second Jane Averill Community Reading Day to be held on Friday, October 12

The Hyde Park-Kenwood CAC is planning to build on the momentum generated last year by hosting a second Jane Averill Community Reading Day on Friday, October 12. This time we will be using a math-related book that celebrates Chinese culture: Round is a Mooncake.

The goal of this event is to further strengthen community support for our public schools. By bringing community members into PreK and Kindergarten classrooms and having them read the book to small groups of children, we hope to forge connections of support that will extend past this one-day reading event.

After the classroom visit, volunteers are invited to a tour of the school.

We are partnering with 57th Street Books and the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference again this year to purchase enough copies of the book for every child to receive a copy.

One copy of the book costs $5.59 (thanks to the generous discount provided by 57th Street Books).
Last year we distributed 510 books to 510 children.
510 books cost $2,850.90.

The Schools Committee of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference has generously provided the funds to purchase 100 of the 510 books. (Thank you, Schools Committee!)

We just need to raise $2,291.60 more by September 30 in order to have plenty of time to order the books.

You can use this link to purchase books to be distributed to the children on October 12:

Or you can stop by the 57th Street Bookstore and purchase books in person.
1 book costs $5.59
5 books cost $27.95
10 books cost $55.90
20 books cost $111.80

Even one book helps!

You can sign up to participate here.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Next HPKCAC meeting to take place on August 22 at HPAC

The next meeting of the HPKCAC will take place on Wednesday, August 22 at the Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S. Cornell) from 6-8pm.

We'll be discussing the HPKCAC's response to the updates to CPS's Educational Facilities Master Plan that were presented at our June meeting.

We'll also be making plans for the second annual Jane Averill Community Reading Day, which we are planning to hold on Friday, October 12.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Network 9 Back-to-School Bash to be held on Thursday, August 2

The Network 9 Back-to-School Bash will be held at Williams Prep High School (4934 S. Wabash) from 2pm-5pm on Thursday, August 2.

There will be entertainment, activities, free school supplies, food, and other giveaways.

Click here for the flyer.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Next HPKCAC meeting to be held on Wednesday, June 27 at HPAC

The next meeting of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council will take place on Wednesday, June 27 at the Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S. Cornell) at 6pm.

We will hopefully have a quorum to approve this amended version of our 3-point plan.

A representative from CPS will also attend and present updates to their educational facilities master plan (EFMP).

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Hyde Park-Kenwood CAC seeking additional members

The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HPKCAC) works with CPS to support the public schools in our community. We are looking for more community members to get involved with our group. A good way to learn about community action councils is to attend the All-CAC Summit on Saturday, May 19 from 9am-2pm. If you would like to attend this event, please contact the HPKCAC at

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Kozminski offering full-day PreK starting fall 2018

Kozminski Community Academy (936 E. 54th Street) is offering full-day Pre-K (7:45am-2:45pm) in addition to its regular half-day Pre-K programs.

For more information, click here.

Public forum on Illinois' new tax credit scholarships on Tuesday, May 22 at Kenwood HS

Learn more about Illinois' new tax credit scholarship program on Tuesday, May 22 at Kenwood High School (5015 S. Blackstone) from 6:30-8:30pm. 

Bobby Otter, Budget Director for the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, will be speaking with Dr. Christopher Lubienski, Professor, Indiana University, researcher on school choice, charter schools, and voucher programs.

Click here for the flyer.

The program is free, but please register here.