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CICS Ralph Ellison Scholars share original poems at Poetry Night

As April comes to an end, the Schuler Scholar Program (SSP) at CICS Ralph Ellison is finishing the celebration of National Poetry Month. Through engaging Ellison Scholars with poems like the excerpt from Burroughs’ poem “What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black?” we have been able to celebrate as well as critically analyze poetry from African American poets. Similar to our Black History Month project, Ellison Scholars prepared and presented daily facts and read poetry during advisory announcements. read more …

PRESS RELEASE: CICS Irving Park students raise $6,300 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

CHICAGO – Students at a local campus of Chicago International Charter School (CICS) have rallied around a kindergarten student who is battling cancer, including record-breaking fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Sophia Bahena, who will turn six on May 12, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (“ALL”) in January 2013, while she was a pre-school student at the Grover Cleveland Elementary School. She missed the second half of the school year to undergo a variety of treatments, including chemotherapy and several surgeries. read more …

PwC Chicago Invests in Financial Literacy and Youth Education with Local Organizations

A grant was also given to Chicago International Charter School (CICS) for $75,000 to support after school and enrichment programs on CICS campuses. CICS is a network of K-12 public charter schools with the mission to provide a college-preparatory education that meets the needs of today's student. As part of the grant, CICS also plans to implement a program based on the firm's Earn Your Future financial literacy curricula to create workshops for students in grades 3-12 at CICS Longwood. read more …

‘Selfies’ used for citywide art exhibit

Selfies have become a popular way for teens to express themselves and their own view of beauty and Ms. Thompson believed she could utilize this medium to get scholars talking about: Who am I? read more …

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