August 28, 2010

Mayor Daley And CPS Officials Host Back To School Festival In Logan Square To Encourage Students To Show Up On The First Day And Every Day Of School

Students to Head Back to the Classroom Tuesday, September 7
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With most schools set to open their doors to students in nearly a week away, Mayor Daley, students and representatives from the Chicago Public School System today hosted a Back to School Festival in Humboldt Park, located in Logan Square, to raise awareness about the start to the 2010 -11 school year.
The first day for most CPS students that attend schools on a regular or traditional schedule is Tuesday, September 7. The first day of school for year-round or Track E schools was August 9.
The festival is part of Chicago’s Public Schools’ campaign to educate parents and students about the importance of showing up to class on the first day of school and every day.
“The education process does not stop when school ends. Education and learning are life long processes. Ideally, you never stop learning no matter how old you are. What is important is making sure we have the resources and mindset to ensure that the virtue of learning remains a constant dynamic in the lives of our children.  It starts at an early age. It starts with the first day of school,” said Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Today’s festival featured entertainment, arts and crafts, giveaways and informational tents.
Chicago Public Schools have already held three festivals at Ogden Park, Columbus Park and Calumet Park earlier this summer.
“These festivals reflect our excitement for the start of the new school year,” said Ron Huberman, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. “CPS is doing everything it can to ensure that parents and students are ready for the first day and ready to learn. Back to School festivals like the one at Humboldt Park today should get parents and students enthused about the start of the school year.”
CPS encourages parents to call their school or visit if they are uncertain about the date or start time for their child’s first day of school.
Centered around the theme, “Show Up! First Day and Every Day,” the 2010 back to school campaign is designed to educate parents and students about the upcoming school calendar while also building enthusiasm and excitement for the start of the new school year.
Chicago Public Schools serves approximately 409,000 students in more than 670 and is the third largest school district in the nation.
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