July 31, 2010

Mayor Richard M. Daley And Chicago Public School Officials Kick Off Back To School Festivals To Encourage Students To Show Up On The First Day And Every Day of School

Students at Year-Round Schools Head Back to the Classroom Monday, August 9
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With 195 year-round schools set to open their doors to students in just one week, Mayor Daley and students and representatives from the Chicago Public School System hosted its first of four Back to School Festivals in Chicago neighborhoods to raise awareness about the start to the 2010 -11 school year.
The first day of school for year-round or Track E schools is Monday, August 9. The first day at schools that operate on a regular or traditional schedule is Tuesday, September 7.
The four festivals are 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, which took place at Columbus Park, featured entertainment, arts and crafts, giveaways and informational tents.
Chicago Public Schools are hosting upcoming festivals at Ogden Park on Friday, August 6; Calumet Park on Saturday August 21; and Humboldt Park on Saturday, August 28.
“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 Columbus Park today should get parents and students enthused about the start of the school year.”
CPS encourages parents to call their school or visit www.cps.edu 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.