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Do It Yourself European Vacation: Without Ever Leaving the State

Do It Yourself European Vacation: Without Ever Leaving the State
During the recent heat wave, my kids were indoors staying cool and started watching National Lampoon’s European Vacation.   I don’t picture our family ever trying to recreate that type of vacation, but it got me thinking… Traveling overseas is somewhat of a dream vacation that is just not in the budget- especially when you have children.  It would be nice... Read more »

A Response to Chicago's Violence: Community Action Day- May 4th

We know a gun can kill. We know a community can grow.  This is the text of the posters around Chicago promoting  Community Action Day on May 4th.  Sponsored by All Stars Project, Inc., the meet-up starts at 10:00 am at University Center Conference, 525 S. State Street, 2nd Floor.  The purpose is to kick... Read more »

Meet “Mr. Roboto” and Celebrate National Robotics Week at MSI

Meet “Mr. Roboto” and Celebrate National Robotics Week at MSI
Say the word robot and I will word associate the Styx song from ages ago, “Mr. Roboto.” I can’t help it! You may not necessarily meet the robot from the rock opera- but you will meet many “cousins” at National Robotics Week at MSI.   In fact, today only – Murata Boy, who can ride... Read more »
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Help Stop School and Youth Violence – Do the Write Thing

Help Stop School and Youth Violence – Do the Write Thing
At a conference on after school programming, I listened to a parent from the west side of Chicago tell the audience about a time she averted a tragedy in a gymnasium filled with youth. A boy was about to pull a gun, and the parent had no choice but to call upon rival gang leaders... Read more »

Achievement Gap or Development Gap? Afterschool Programs like All Stars Project Inc. Could be a Solution

Achievement Gap or Development Gap? Afterschool Programs like All Stars Project Inc. Could be a Solution
The achievement gap- close it, narrow it, fix it…rename it?  What if we viewed it as a development gap? Considering the schedules of many of the children I know (mine included), most middle class families need an organizing system to make sure everyone is where they are supposed to be when it comes to attending... Read more »

Why I Didn't Write About the CTU Strike...

Chicago Public School teachers are on strike. There hasn’t been a strike in 25 years. This is national news…everyone is blogging about it. (even fellow ChicagoNow comedic bloggers, “Lists that Actually Matter”) What kind of education blogger sits this one out? The number of issues and angles to a potential story are overwhelming—maybe I am... Read more »
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Free Homecoming Dresses for Chicago Area High School Students

Free Homecoming Dresses for Chicago Area High School Students
A Chicago based for-profit textile recycling company, USAgain is hosting its first ever Homecoming Goes Green dress giveaway.  High school students are invited to select one free dress to wear to their school’s homecoming dance or prom. They are encouraged to bring one unwanted T-shirt to the event, to show their commitment to reducing textile... Read more »
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