Happy Spring! What a lovely time of year. Everything is blooming and growing, including our students and our program. Our K-5 curriculum for April includes themes of science, culture and community, with a wide variety of enrichment activities combining literacy with art, drama, mathematics, science, engineering and music. Programming for middle school students continues to thrive at our four partner sites as well, with lessons investigating chemistry, peer relationships and 21st century media literacy and ethics. Enrichment partners conducting program visits in April include Mad Science, Poetry Foundation, Harmony Hope and Healing, Math Circles and Code Play Learn.
We have also had some very special events happening this month and look forward to more in the coming weeks. Thank you to everyone who attended our Partner Appreciation Event on April 18; attendees listened to presentations of our current organization plan, received recognition certificates and succulent kalanchoe and cyclamen flowers as tokens of gratitude, and engaged in thought-provoking conversations about the experience of homelessness. New and improved Family Nights kicked off on April 13th and 14th at SRHAC and Primo Western, respectively. Hands-on craft activities, singing, snacks, reading and games created a unique and family-friendly atmosphere, and drew strong participation. We have two more Family Nights coming up in the month of May at Cornerstone and Primo Sangamon, and hope to build on our success. We have also held several workshops in March and April for parents at a number of shelters, including parenting discussion groups, mindfulness and calming strategies, preparing healthy meals on a budget and more. We recognize that our kids’ success is always in relationship to their families, and that opportunities for success expand when we include families in our programming.
Finally, we have some exciting upcoming field trips: on April 27th we will be visiting the Anti-Cruelty Society to care for shelter pets, and the following weekend on May 4th will be our largest field trip yet: a special evening at Lincoln Park Zoo! We expect over 200 participants at this memorable event generously sponsored by partners at Lincoln Park Zoo. Thank you!
Although program for spring semester will be wrapping up in less than two weeks, there is so much in store for summer session that there is never a dull moment. Thank you as always to everyone who supports and contributes to the work we do here at Chicago HOPES for Kids. See you soon!