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Bread for the World Challenges the Newly Elected Congress

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bread for the World’s president, Rev. David Beckmann, issued the following statement following this week’s midterm elections:

“On Tuesday, while the Senate shifted to Republican control, 18,000 children around the world died unnecessarily. Nearly half those deaths were caused by hunger. And in the United States, 16 million children still live in families that struggle to put food on the table.

“Bread for the World’s members work for justice for hungry people in the United States and around the world regardless of how power shifts between our nation’s political parties. We pray that all our nation’s leaders will work to end hunger.

“The number of people in extreme poverty in the world has been cut in half since 1990, and there has been progress in all kinds of countries, from Bangladesh to Brazil to Great Britain. If Congress and the president make opportunity for everybody a priority, we can end hunger in the United States and support continued progress toward ending hunger worldwide.

“Bread for the World’s top priority for the 114th Congress will be the scheduled reauthorization of the nation’s child nutrition programs. Republicans and Democrats should work together to strengthen school and summer nutrition programs.  But House Republicans have been pushing for deep cuts in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps). Churches and food banks across the country have been unable to make up for the groceries that Congress took away from hungry families last year.

“Bread for the World also notes with optimism bipartisan interest in other issues important to people in poverty:

Ø  When Congress returns later this month, the leaders of both houses seem inclined to steer away from another budget crisis and finalize appropriations for the current fiscal year.

Ø  The parties should be able to work together on continued progress against world poverty–the fight against Ebola and bills to reform food aid, strengthen agriculture and nutrition in poor countries, and promote trade with Africa.

Ø  Leaders in both parties are calling for reforms to correct injustices in the criminal justice system that have crowded U.S. prisons and deepened the poverty of many communities.

Ø  Tax credits for low-wage workers reduce poverty while encouraging work.

“God has made it possible in our time to virtually end hunger in our country and around the world, so Bread for the World is pushing with urgency to make hunger, poverty, and opportunity for everybody a priority for our political leaders. We will push for change over the next two years and in the next round of elections for president and Congress.”

Bread for the World (www.bread.org) is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.

Bullying Prevention Program Kick-Off a Bully-Free Celebration

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According to Bullying and Victimization Among African American Adolescents: A Literature Review , a report in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, African American adolescents have higher rates of bullying and victimization compared to other adolescent populations. This review found strong associations among bullyinginvolvement, substance abuse, and family factors. Bullying also had a significant impact on adolescent health, particularly psychological symptoms and school performance.

In January of this year, with a grant from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, the ILAACP began working with Hunter Perkins and South Chicago campuses of LEARN Charter School Network to help develop and implement school-wide bullying prevention policies using the internationally recognized Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) .  In collaboration with a steering committee at each campus (comprised of teachers, parents, and administrators) we administered a survey to assess the prevalence of bullying in the school setting, identified each school’s current bullying prevention policy, and created a plan to build and sustain a bullying-free school environment.

Just a few weeks ago, during National Bullying Prevention Month, each campus held a Bullying Prevention Program kick-off that brought together educators, students and parents to combat bullying. “The program introduced our scholars, faculty, and administrators to a diverse range of insights on how to prevent bullying.”  Marquita N. Curry, Social Worker at LEARN Hunter Perkins said. “The students are also excited about the program and are looking forward to maintaining a ‘Bully Free Zone’ and keeping the peace at Hunter Perkins.”

During the kick-off for the Bullying Prevention Program at LEARN South Chicago campus students participated in a variety of activities throughout the week including Express your differences (mismatch your clothes); Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes (wear 2 different shoes);  Be a friend, help end bullying (twin day); We all ROCK! (dress like a rock star); and United Against Bullying! (wear orange for bullying prevention).

“For the rest of the year, our scholars will participate in weekly class meetings,” said Dianna Phelps, School Counselor/Social Worker at the South Chicago Campus. “The meetings will be facilitated by their teachers, where they will learn about bullying prevention, developing character and ways to make our school community safe, respectful, kind and inclusive.”

The Goals of Olweus Bullying Prevention Program are to:

Reduce existing bullying problems among students

Prevent the development of new bullying problems

Achieve better peer relations at school

What do you do to prevent bullying? Tell us about it.

To view a slide show from the Bullying Prevention Program kick-offs click here.

To learn how the ILAACP might work with your school, please contact James McCombs IV, Special Initiatives Coordinator, at jmccombs@ilaacp.org or 312-850-4444 Ext. 223.

Industrial Bank Celebrates 80th Anniversary With Small Business Grant Promotion to Support Area Entrepreneurs

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WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, November 10th, Industrial Bank will mark its 80th Anniversary with a celebration at the Arena Stage in Southwest DC. The purpose of the event is to thank the Bank’s many customers and employees for their support over the years and to honor its founding in 1934 by Jesse H. Mitchell. The Bank’s mission is to promote financial and economic empowerment to the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Confirmed guests for the evening’s festivities include: Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Prince Georges County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.

In an effort to continue to serve as a key catalyst delivering the capital necessary to support small business growth and development, Industrial Bank is also announcing a new Small Business Grant initiative to support existing entrepreneurial enterprises to position them for long-term success. Five grants totaling $80,000.00 will be awarded to companies meeting specific criteria, all doing business in Industrial Bank’s service area. Participating partners in this effort will include: The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., FSC First of Prince Georges County, Operation HOPE, and the DC Chamber of Commerce.

Industrial Bank, a DC-chartered commercial bank, is the oldest and largest African American owned and operated, certified Community Development Financial Institution, (CDFI) in the Washington metropolitan region, and the seventh-largest in the country. Since 1934, Industrial Bank has provided the commercial and small business loans necessary to fuel the aspirations of businessmen and women in the DC Metro area, with a proven track record of providing financial services to small businesses and low-to-moderate income communities therein. Learn more at http://www.industrial-bank.com/.

Ford HBCU Community Challenge Now Accepting Applications

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Deadline is Sunday, November 9, 2014

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The 2015 Ford HBCU Challenge is inviting college students to submit their ideas on “Building Sustainable Communities” for a chance to win a college scholarship and other awards. One first-place student team will receive a grand prize of $75,000 in scholarships, university and community awards!

Students must have a strong interest in their communities and the environment. Project ideas must include innovative ideas on how to build sustainable communities. The projects must solve a community problem with the applicant being the lead project coordinator. Students must demonstrate an active role with the community sharing in the objective.

Applications must include budgets for the project, how the project will be sustained ongoing, and any other resources that may be required to make the project a success. Four teams will be chosen among entries and receive a trip to Ford Motor Companys World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan where they will enter the finalist round and present their proposals. Prizes include the grand prize, second, third and fourth place winners.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, November 9, 2014.
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President Obama and Illinois Lt. Gov. Simon Statements on Passing of Lane Evans

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Former U.S. Congressman Lane Evans who represented the 17th Congressional District of Illinois from 1982 to 2006 lost his battle with Parkinson Disease. He was 63 years old.

Lane, a former U.S. Marine who served Illinoisans in Congress for 24 years, was first elected in 1982.

In a statement President Barack Obama said: “Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Congressman Lane Evans. Lane was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and dedicated much of his public life to helping his fellow veterans, particularly those who fought in Vietnam and were exposed to Agent Orange. Lane was one of my earliest supporters when I ran for the Senate, and I was proud to have him by my side when I when I was elected President. Above all, Lane was an American hero, a dear friend and a beloved public servant of the people of Illinois. Michelle and I extend our thoughts and prayers to Lane’s family and friends, and the people he represented in Congress who loved him so dearly.”

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon said “Lane Evans dedicated his life to serving the people of Illinois, and I am deeply saddened by his passing.

“During his long career representing Illinois, Lane worked closely with my father in Washington. His life represents the ideal of public service. My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.”

State Board of Education and Illinois PTA Offer Tips on Productive Parent-Teacher Conferences

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Annual conferences just part of ongoing family-school communication and collaboration

SPRINGFIELD, IL – As school districts across Illinois complete their first quarter in the classroom, parents and teachers are convening for individual conferences to review students’ grades and classroom experiences. In the digital age, such meetings are often not the first time parents and teachers have exchanged information this school year but the conference may be the first face-to-face interaction, offering an opportunity for a productive discussion and yearlong collaboration. The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois PTA offer a variety of resources to help guide this important conversation.

“Parental engagement is critical to student success,’’ said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “But often times, parents don’t know how to make the most of that precious 10 to 15 minutes together. We encourage parents to see the conference as just one of several opportunities to check-in during the school year as all parties work to ensure student learning and success.”

Decades of research show that children with involved parents have better school attendance; increased motivation; better self-esteem; lower suspension rates; decreased drug and alcohol use; fewer instances of violent behavior; and overall higher grades, test scores and graduation rates. The earlier a parent becomes involved in their child’s education, the more powerful the impact.

Experts ranging from the Illinois Parent Teacher Association to national research and teacher organizations all stress that it’s important for both families and teachers to arrive at these conferences prepared. Prior to the conference, families should review grades and recent homework and have a conversation with their child to help prepare for the meeting. The Illinois Parent Teacher Association has resources available for parents — Parents’ Guides to Success, which provide questions parents can use in their conversations, as well as a recent post on One Voice Illinois regarding parent-teacher conferences.

The Child: Use this opportunity to describe what your child is like at home, interests and passions and any issues at home that might be affecting school work. Expect the teacher to describe the student’s behavior in the classroom, their academic growth or progress, any special abilities or skills.The Classroom: Parents might ask about what's happening in the classroom — both academically and socially. Seek clarification on expectations, if needed. The Future: Listen for specific steps and leave with a short-term plan to resolve immediate issues while knowing that you may need more time to develop a long-term plan for improvement or providing more challenging experiences.

“Families and teachers share the same goal — wanting children to succeed,” said Peg Staehlin, president of the Illinois PTA. “Parent-teacher conferences offer insight on what and why children are learning as well as how families can help their student succeed. These meetings allow for important communication, which enhances the relationship between families and schools, paving the way for a positive environment for children to grow.”

The Harvard Family Research Project offers a tip sheet for parents that breaks down parent-teacher conferences into three main discussion areas: the child, the classroom and the future. See the box to the right for more details.

“Kids do better when the adults around them are on the same page, and parent-teacher conferences are the best way to start that meaningful dialogue,” said Dan Montgomery, president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and a high school English teacher. “You simply can’t replace a face-to-face meeting where a family gets to know the teacher and class, while the teacher gains a better understanding of the student. These are win-win opportunities and critical to success.”

Some districts have completed their conferences for the first quarter, but parents can still take advantage of the resources outlined below for ongoing conversations this school year. The State Board of Education and the Illinois PTA offer some additional tips and suggestions for productive meetings and continued collaboration.

1. Remember, parents are a child’s first teacher. Once a child starts school, parents and guardians must partner with their teachers to work toward common goals. The parent-teacher conference is a great place to start and/or support that collaboration.

2. Arrive early. Most conferences are scheduled one right after the other. Show up early so you don’t lose any of the limited time with a teacher.

3. Be prepared. Come with notes about what you want to discuss because it’s easy to get sidetracked or forget some of questions and concerns. If you don’t get to everything on your list, ask when you might follow up with your child’s teacher(s) and their preferred form of communication.

4. Enter with a positive attitude. Both parent and teacher can set the stage for a productive discussion by starting with at least one positive statement, a compliment about a recent lesson or the child’s abilities or work on a project.

5. Clarify first. When parents are talking about concerns, be sure to clarify your child’s understanding or experiences with the teacher. You want to establish facts for an informed discussion with the teacher.

6. Ask your child’s teacher to show, not tell. Have your child’s teacher provide specific examples of your child’s work or behavior. If the teacher says, “Johnny is struggling with math,” ask to see examples where he is having problems. Is it with several topics or just with one specific concept?

7. Give teachers context and insight into your child. You know your child best. Take a moment to describe what they’re like at home, what interests and excites them, and what issues at home may be affecting them at school (e.g., parent losing a job, divorce, death in the family).

8. Focus on learning. Don’t limit the discussion to how your child is doing at school; ask how they can do even better. Refer to the questions in the PTA Parents’ Guides to Student Success or another list of suggested questions from Edutopia.

9. Ask how you can help at home. Find out how you can learn on a daily basis what homework has been assigned. If your child needs extra help, ask about support services available from the school or community organizations. If your child needs more challenging work, ask how you can help your child dig deeper into what is being learned in the classroom.

10. Leave with a plan. You and your child’s teacher have probably both raised points that need further action. Spend the last minute or two of the conference summarizing what you need to follow up on with your child as well as actions the teacher will be taking in the future.


The National PTA (www.pta.org) provides a “Parents’ Guide to Student Success” at


An Illinois PTA blog entry on parent-teacher conferences is at http://onevoiceillinois.wordpress.com/category/family-engagement.

The National Education Association (NEA) has also put out a list of tips to prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences at http://www.nea.org/tools/tips/18858.htm.

The Harvard Family Research Project offers a tip sheet on the parent-teacher conference at http://www.hfrp.org/var/hfrp/storage/fckeditor/File/Parent-Teacher-ConferenceTipSheet-100610.pdf.

The Illinois Family Engagement Framework offers advice at


An ISBE fact sheet on family engagement is at http://www.isbe.net/hot-topics-archive/SY2015/family-engagement-fact-sheet-sy15.pdf.

An article on parent-teacher conferences is at


Better Business Bureau Advisory: Beware of Customer Service Support Scams

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CHICAGO, IL – Pre-paid debit cards such as GreenDot Money Cards, Wal-Mart MoneyCard and Western Union MoneyWise are popular not only with consumers but also with scammers. Recently fraudsters have been posing as “support reps” for these pre-paid debit cards but are really asking for credit and checking account numbers to steal money.

With this scan, the scammers claim you need a refund for money you loaded on the card and search online for customer support and find a website that claims it can help.You call the number and the representative who answers says they can help get your money back. All you have to do is provide your prepaid card number and checking or credit card account information, then they can process your refund. By providing this information, you just gave a scammer access to the prepaid card and your checking or credit card account.

“This type of scam has been around for a long time and there have been several variations of it,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “With all of the variations the goal is the same, scammers just want to steal your money. No matter what, never give financial information to anyone over the phone.”

The BBB offers the following tips to avoid these scams:

  • Treat your pre-paid debit card funds like cash. Once gone, you won’t be able to get it back.
  • Don’t give your card number to someone you don’t know. This will allow them to access the funds on your card.
  • To use your MoneyPak with PayPal or eBay or other online merchants, transfer the money to your PayPal account before you pay the merchant.
  • Don’t email your MoneyPak number directly to any merchant.
  • Don’t pay before you get an item. Unless it’s an approved partner, don’t use a pre-paid card for any offer that requires you to pay before you get the item.

For more tips on scams, visit www.bbb.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Chicago’s First Responders, Military Personnel and Families Attend a Free Performance of a Christmas Carol on November 15 “Share The Joy Day,” Kicking Off the 37th Annual Production

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Special night includes live music from Chicago Math and Science Academy’s Band; Holiday Rock from WXRT’s Terri Hemmert; Photo Opportunities with NBC’s Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. Casts; and the Goodman’s first-ever tree lighting

CHICAGO, IL -  Goodman Theatre launches its run of A Christmas Carol on Saturday, November 15 with “Share The Joy Day”—a day of goodwill toward others and giving back to the community. In this spirit, Chicago’s flagship theater extends 856 free tickets to its first night performance to partnering community organizations: USO of Illinois; Chicago Fire Department; 100 Club of Chicago; One Savvy Veteran; Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; Mercy Home for Boys & Girls; Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center; Get In Chicago; Chicago Math and Science Academy and WXRT. The November 15 6:30pm “Share The Joy” community performance is for an invited audience only. A Christmas Carol continues through December 28; tickets ($25 – $93; subject to change) are available online at GoodmanTheatre.org/Joy, by phone at 312.443.3800 or in-person at the box office (170 N. Dearborn). Fifth Third Bank is the Major Corporate Sponsor, PepsiCo is the Official Beverage Sponsor, Aon Corporation and KPMG LLP are the Corporate Sponsor Partners, and Chicago Tribune is the Media Partner for A Christmas Carol. FTD Group, Inc. is the Contributing Sponsor for “Share The Joy Day.”

Coordinated by U.S. Navy veteran Willa Taylor, the Goodman’s Director of Education and Community Engagement, this event marks the sixth consecutive year in which the theater gives back to the Chicago community with free tickets to A Christmas Carol. In previous years, Senator Dick Durbin, Governor Quinn, Congressman Mike Quigley, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and others have hosted this special community performance.

“Throughout the season, the Goodman provides free tickets to people who otherwise are unable to attend our shows. This special night is our way of saying thank you and giving back to those in our community who give of themselves every day, making sacrifices in service of others,” said Taylor. “We at the Goodman consistently count this among the most meaningful nights of the year, and this event perfectly echoes the message of Charles’ Dickens timely and universal story.”

“Share the Joy Day” Schedule

Prior to the 6:30pm “Share The Joy” community performance on Saturday, November 15, family-friendly activities in the Goodman lobby include live music from Chicago Math and Science Academy’s student band and holiday rock from Terri Hemmert of WXRT-FM; photo opportunities with cast members of NBC’s hit series Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.; and the theater’s first-ever tree lighting.

4:30pm –Chicago Math and Science Academy high school band performs
5:00pm – WXRT’s Terri Hemmert plays music; photo opportunities with Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. cast
5:30pm – Tree is decked with paper chain of “joyful wishes” of those in attendance
5:45pm – Count-down and tree lighting
6:30pm – First night curtain

Throughout “Share The Joy Day,” the Goodman encourages its audiences to visit to leave a GoodmanTheatre.org/SharetheJoy video message, upload a picture or leave a comment about what makes them joyful during the holiday season. Participants will be entered to win prizes from “Share The Joy Day” partners including Auditorium Theatre, Chicago Detours, Magnolia Bakery, Catch 35, Howells & Hood, Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique, Lettuce Entertain You, Macy’s, The Second City and more.

About “Share the Joy Day” Partnering Community Organizations

The mission of the USO of Illinois is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities. There are more than 2.4 million active duty, guard and reserve men and women whose families benefit from assistance provided by the USO. The USO of Illinois annually serves more than 300,000 active duty, guard and reserved military and military families. The USO coordinates more than 300 programs and services, year- around at five USO Centers: USO Navy Pier, USO Midway, USO Great Lakes, USO O’Hare, and now the USO AA Cyber Canteen O’Hare. The USO (United Service Organizations) is a 501 (c) (3) registered nonprofit organization that receives no direct government funding.

The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) is the largest fire department in the Midwest and among the largest in the nation, promoting fire safety, providing emergency care and extinguishing fires. The CFD is also one of the oldest major organized fire departments, established before 1833. CFD is led by the Fire Commissioner, Jose A. Santiago, who was appointed by the Mayor. The Fire Commissioner is assisted by the First Deputy Commissioner, who is Charles Stewart III, who oversees the department’s bureaus. There are four bureaus under the First Deputy Commissioner: Operations, Fire Prevention, and Administrative Services and Logistics.

The 100 Club of Chicago is the civilian organization that provides for the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty. The Club helps families ease the financial burden associated with the tragic event, including immediate financial assistance and the ongoing cost of higher education. All federal, state, county and local police officers, firefighters and paramedics stationed in Cook and Lake Counties are included. The Club assures every policeman and fireman in its territory that if s/he should perish [in the line of] duty the following will occur within 24 hours: the surviving spouse will have $1000 in cash in the house, current bills will be paid, and if a debt/mortgage exists on his house, arrangements will be made to clear it entirely.

The mission of One Savvy Veteran is to encourage, educate and empower women veterans experiencing economic hardships with comprehensive assistance needed to successfully navigate the transition from military service to civilian life. One Savvy Veteran is a source of support, advocacy, benefits assistance and access to veteran-specific information and resources; a safe place to build a sisterhood and rebuild bonds of camaraderie that were lost after leaving military service; empowering women to be proud of their service to this country, no matter when, where, or how long they served; and taking ownership of their “story of service” to become a self-advocate for all women veterans. Through the generosity of businesses, organizations and the American public, One Savvy Veteran grants wishes to economically-disadvantaged women warriors as a way to recognize and honor their bravery and sacrifice to the country.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital, provides superior pediatric care in a setting that offers the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design. As the largest pediatric provider in the region with a 130 year legacy of excellence, kids and their families are at the center of all we do. The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is guided by the belief that all children need to grow up in a protective and nurturing environment where each child is given the opportunity to reach their full potential, Chicago believes this vision can provide a brighter future for all children. The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with fundraising professionals who work with 11 affiliated organizations and an active team of volunteers to cultivate and secure contributions that advance the mission of the hospital.

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is a children’s charity dedicated to providing a solution for abused, neglected, and abandoned children in Chicago, IL, paving the way to a brighter future. A Catholic organization answering the Gospel call to minister to children and families in need, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is committed to raising public awareness of youth in need and encouraging support to help them.  Mercy Home saves young lives by providing a safe, nurturing residential treatment home; AfterCare support for former residents and their families; and community- and site-based youth mentoring. Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is a 501(c)(3), licensed child care institution and licensed child welfare agency.

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center is dedicated to uniting public, private and community partners to ensure the safety, health and well-being of abused children with the vision of eliminating the suffering of abused children in Chicago. Founded in 1998 by a task force of professionals from across all disciplines, on-site network of family advocates, mental health counselors, intake coordinators, forensic interviewers and support services staff work together to serve more than 25,000 children, allowing them to live fuller, happier lives. Additionally, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center hosts many national and international child welfare professionals interested in learning from its model and programs.

The mission of Get In Chicago is to identify, fund and rigorously evaluate evidence based programs that lead to sustainable reductions in violence for individuals and communities. Launched by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Loop Capital Founder, Chairman and CEO Jim Reynolds and Allstate CEO Tom Wilson in March 2013, the public private partnership collaborates with business, government, community based organizations, foundations and faith-based organizations to align and leverage existing initiatives to make Chicago safer. Get In Chicago operates as a separate organization with independent governance and transparency focusing on developing high-impact, research-based strategies to prevent violence, intervene with those at greatest risk and make our communities safer.

Chicago Math and Science Academy is a public charter school that provides its students with an innovative world class education, rich in math, science and technology focused on preparing students to become bold inquirers, problem solvers and ethical leaders, skill-ready for post-secondary education to meet the challenges of a competitive global workforce. Students’ faces of all nationalities, race, economic backgrounds and scholastic levels exude unspoken confidence. Chicago Math and Science Academy is managed by Concept Schools, NFP. Concept Schools is a not-for-profit charter management organization that manages high quality charters in the Midwest.

All Concept managed schools implement the school design created by Concept in 1999. All Concept managed schools build strong reputation for being effective learning environments in a very short time. Board of Directors of Chicago Math and Science Academy is comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds and expertise, who are committed to improve high quality public education choices in our community.

Terri Hemmert has been at WXRT 93.1 FM “Chicago’s Finest Rock” for more than 40 years. Starting as overnight announcer and Public Affairs Director in 1973, Hemmert became the first female morning drive personality in Chicago in 1981. In 1992, she moved to the 9am to 12 noon time-slot, and in 2002 became host of “Breakfast with The Beatles,” 8 to 10am on Sundays. Prior to joining WXRT, Hemmert was an air personality at WCMF in Rochester, NY and also served as program coordinator for WGLD (currently WVAZ) in Chicago. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Peace Museum and Facets Multimedia, among others. She teaches the History of Rock and Soul at Columbia College Chicago, where she has taught for 40 years, and was an advisor at the student radio station, WCRX. She has volunteered with Inner City Teaching Corps, Latin School of Chicago, and other schools, teaching classes on the Roots of Rap, Women in Music, Classical Music’s influence on Rock and Soul.

About A Christmas Carol and Goodman Theatre

“There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit” (Chicago Sun-Times) than experiencing the “the crown jewel of the holiday season” (Daily Herald): Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre, directed by Goodman Artistic Associate Henry Wishcamper. Acclaimed Chicago actor Larry Yando commands the stage as Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy British businessman whose sizable bank account is matched only by his hatred of the holidays. One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who take him on a spectacular adventure through his past, present and future, helping him to rediscover the joys of life, love and friendship. Chicago’s premier holiday tradition for 37 years, A Christmas Carol has introduced nearly 1.5 million people to the magic of theater.

A Christmas Carol is part of the Goodman’s 2014/2015 Season, which features nine productions on its two stages—six in the 856-seat Albert Theatre and three in the 400-seat flexible Owen Theatre, plus the annual New Stages Festival that includes additional developmental productions, and partner productions with The Second City and Albany Park Theater Project. Now on stage is the New Stages Festival (through November 16, in the Owen), including an “Industry Weekend” on November 14 –16. The Season continues with The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort (December 5 – 28, in the Owen); Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo, directed by Kimberly Senior, a Chicago premiere (January 17 – February 22, 2015 in the Albert); Two Trains Running by August Wilson, directed by Chuck Smith, in conjunction with a citywide celebration of August Wilson (March 7 – April 12, 2015 in the Albert); The Upstairs Concierge by Kristoffer Diaz, directed by KJ Sanchez, a world premiere co-commission with Teatro Vista (March 28 – April 26, 2015 in the Owen); The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman, directed by Henry Wishcamper (May 2 – June 7, 2015 in the Albert); stop. reset. written and directed by Regina Taylor, a Chicago premiere (May 23 – June 21, 2015 in the Owen); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, directed by Steve Scott, a Chicago premiere (June 20 – July 26, 2015 in the Albert), and a production still to be announced with the Albany Park Theater Project.

Now celebrating its 90th year as Chicago’s flagship theater, Goodman Theatre is an artistic and community institution dedicated to the art of theater and to civic engagement in the issues of the contemporary world. The Goodman has transformed over the past 35 years into a world class theater and premier Chicago cultural institution distinguished by the quality and scope of its programming and its culturally and aesthetically diverse creative leadership; artistic priorities include new plays, reimagined classics, culturally specific works, musical theater and international collaborations. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, achievements include the Goodman’s state-of-the-art two-theater complex in the heart of the downtown Theatre District. Over the past three decades, the Goodman has generated more than 150 world or American premieres, and nearly 30 new-work commissions. Joan Clifford is Chairman of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees, Swati Mehta is Women’s Board President and Gordon C.C. Liao is President of the Scenemakers Board for young professionals. Robert A. Wislow of CBRE│U. S. Equities Realty and Maria Green of ITW are the Co-chairs of the Goodman Business Council.  American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre.

“A mainstay of Chicago and beyond” (Chicago Sun-Times), the Goodman is internationally acclaimed for its “fresh work of magnitude and ambition (and) bold, risky theatrical choices” (Chicago Tribune). From new plays to “first-class revivals” (The New York Times), the Goodman has earned numerous awards for its productions: two Pulitzer Prizes; 22 Tony Awards, including Outstanding Regional Theatre (1992); and nearly 160 Joseph Jefferson Awards.

The 90th Anniversary “Season to Celebrate” programming is rooted in the same spirit that launched the Goodman in 1925—an array of dramatic fare, from classics to noteworthy contemporary works, innovative and often controversial, embracing genres from farces to searing social dramas—honoring the theater’s past and envisioning its future. The nine-play season begins with an All-New Fall of works fostered and developed in the Goodman’s new play development programs followed by an “August Wilson Celebration” in spring 2015, the 10th anniversary of the playwright’s death and the 70th anniversary of his birth. This city-wide Celebration honors the longstanding collaboration between Wilson and the Goodman, the first theater in the world to produce all 10 works in his “20th Century Cycle.”

Visit the special anniversary website, GoodmanTheatre.org/90, to see famous faces who’ve worked at the theater, browse photos of classic productions and read interviews with noted artists.

Newly Elected Chairman of Stillman College, Dennis Driver, Serves as Grand Marshall at Homecoming Parade

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Driver kicked off his tenure at the Historically Black College with a gift awarded to Stillman anonymously for $2 million

Dennis Driver, Stillman College

Tuscaloosa, AL (BlackNews.com) — Stillman Chairman Dennis Driver will serve as Grand Marshall for Stillmans Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 at 9 a.m. in downtown Tuscaloosa. Following the parade a Football Game is scheduled at 1p.m., Stillmans Tiger Stadium. The week long activities will end with The Thomas E. Lyle Battle of the Bands 4:30 p.m. at Stillman’s Stadium.

Chairman Driver said he is humbled by his recent selection and motivated by the generous gift, “Stillman College played a significant role not only in my life, but in those who entered its hallowed halls of learning with quill and paper to todays students whose daily use of technology has elevated their Stillman experience into a global journey.”

“This gift will allow us to make a significant impact on our financial responsibilities and provide increased opportunities for our students. Our ability to do this supports the Stillman mission of providing an enriching educational environment for our current and future students. We hope that this donation will serve as an incentive for our alumni and the community to support Stillman at an unprecedented level,” said school president Peter Edmund Millet.

As the new Chairman of the Board, Driver intends to reach out to alumni all over the world and implore them to give back to the college and provide support to students, many of which are first generation college students, in an effort to keep Stillmans legacy strong and uplifting.

There’s an old saying, ‘never forget where you came from.’ Many people dream of coming home after leaving the nest, gaining experience, and using their newfound skills to improve conditions of where they started. Dennis O. Driver, has not only done well for himself, highly educated and well-disciplined, but he has come home to Alabama to bring his wealth of knowledge, life experience and financial resources to Stillman College; and he is a proud alumni of the 138-year old Historically Black College.

For more information regarding Stillmans Homecoming activities contact (205) 349-4240 or visit www.stillman.edu

Photo Caption: Dennis Driver, Chairman at Stillman College

Waymon LeFall’s Second Book, “The Legend of Jocko (Child hero of the American Revolution)”, is a Trip Into Unexplored Reaches of Imagination

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The Legend of Jocko by Waymon Lefall

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — New book, The Legend of Jocko (Child Hero of the American Revolution), from Page Publishing author Waymon Lefall is a spine tingling work that grabs hold of the reader with it’s intricate plot line and demands to be read.Waymon Lefall, a veteran and business owner, has completed his follow-up to Jocko: A Long Way from Home Down Under with The Legend of Jocko (Child Hero of the American Revolution) – a finely crafted work of prose is engaging and filled with colorful characters and gorgeous settings.

One thing Waymon Lefall would like his readers to know is, “By keeping hope alive, keeping the faith, believing in yourself, and listening to your heart anything can happen. Around each corner turned, something was waiting to connect the dots, I never knew what, but felt something was there, to give up is to lose the dot. Keep the faith.”

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Waymon Lefall’s poignant tale is a creative romp back to the time of the American Revolution with vibrant imagery and an engrossing story. This is an imaginative book that will be loved by young adults and parents alike.

Who would have thought that a little Negro Boy from a little town near the Delaware River could ignite the hopes of a whole army? During the December 1776 defeat that General Washington faced against the British forces, all he needed was a little hint of hope that he could· give to his troop for their reparation. Unexpectedly, he found it from a twelve-year”old boy named Jocko. Read through Jocko’s story and be inspired by his innocence and the supreme sacrifice he made that restored the hopes and morale of General Washington and his men.

Readers who wish to experience this gripping work can purchase The Legend of Jocko (Child Hero of the American Revolution) at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon.com, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at (866) 315-2708.

Photo Caption: Bookcover and author Waymon Lefall

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