Back to School

  • Lightford hosts 11th Annual Back-to-School event

    lightford schoolfair 081920BROOKFIELD –Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) held her 11th Annual Back-to-School event August 9 at Brookfield Zoo.

    “Due to the public health crisis, we had to do the event a little differently, so we had a parade for the community. A number of cars came through to get supplies, literature, information, backpacks, snacks and food,” Lightford said.

    Participants were asked to stay in their vehicles as they drove around the lot and received the different giveaways at a number of stops along the way. There was also a DJ playing music at the center of the lot to entertain families as they picked up supplies.

    Nearly 100 cars drove through the back-to-school parade. Lightford’s office has distributed 1,000 backpacks with supplies.

    “Our kids are the most important to me, and I want to make sure they know that regardless of if they are at home or if they are in school, it is important that they get a good, quality education,” Lightford said. “A good education opens doors, and I want them and their families to know that I support them on 100% on getting that education.”

    The event was sponsored by Meijer, Proviso Leyden Council for Community Action, the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Counting on Chicago Coalition, Stand for Children, Peoples Gas, Ameren, Marc Realty, Black Star Project, Illini Healthcare, PepsiCo, Nicor Gas, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Proviso Township Census.

  • August is School and Campus Preparedness Month

    School Preparedness MonthAugust is School and Campus Preparedness Month. It is back to school season, and students from all over the country and across the globe will flock to Illinois’ many world-class universities. Be sure to stay healthy and safe when returning to campus this academic term.

  • Trotter to help students gear up for school year

    trotter flier 071917CALUMET CITY – Sen. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, is teaming up with other local leaders to help students get ready for the new school year.

    The Annual Back 2 School Health and Wellness Fair will be on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Trotter, Rep. Elgie R. Sims, Jr., Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. and Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore will host the event at the Green Lake Forest Preserve at 1100 River Oaks Drive, Groves 3 and 4, in Calumet City, Illinois.

    Various medical services will be available, including vaccinations, health screenings and dental care.

    The Greater Chicago Food Depository is also expected to donate food. Last year they donated eight thousand pounds of produce.

    Backpacks filled with supplies will be given out to students while they last, and car seats will also be raffled off by the Illinois State Police. The child must be with the parent to participate.

    Attendees will be able to cool off at the aquatic center on site. A shred truck will also be available for personal use.

    The fair is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to everyone who attends.

    Please contact Trotter’s office at (773) 933-7715 for more information.

  • Martinez gets kids ready for school, keeps community healthy

    Martinez Family Wellness and Back to School Fair PhotoCHICAGO — Hundreds of children and adults attended Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez’s (D-Chicago) annual Family Wellness and Back to School Fair last week.

    At the event, children got free backpacks, school supplies, physicals, immunizations, dental screenings and other services. Adults were able to receive health screenings, too, and learn about services offered by government agencies and local organizations.

    “I enjoyed meeting the children and adults who attended this event, and I would like to thank all of the vendors that participated,” Martinez said. “The services offered ensure our children are ready to start school and that both adults and children are healthy and up to date on wellness screenings.”

  • Trotter hosts health fair for students, families, seniors

    2016 Trotter back to school eventCHICAGO – Students, families and residents can receive free school supplies, health screenings and food at State Senator Donne Trotter’s Back 2 School Health & Wellness Festival on July 30 at South Central Community Services, 1021 E 83rd St.

    The annual event will include free health screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, cholesterol and mammogram referrals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for local residents.

    “This is an opportunity for parents to prepare students for school without breaking the bank,” said Sen. Trotter (D-Chicago). “Affording expensive school supplies and immunizations can cause a financial strain for families. Residents can come out to receive free services while having fun.”

    Walgreens, Walmart, Target, The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Lakeside Community Committee and more sponsors will have tables at the event. Trotter is joining State Representatives Marcus Evans, Elgie Sims and Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore to make this event possible.

    Residents must bring current shot records to receive immunizations. Information for dental, vision and senior services will also be available.

    Event details:

    What:              2016 Back 2 School Health & Wellness Festival

    Where:            South Central Community Services, Inc., 1021 E. 83rd St., Chicago

    When:             Saturday, July 30

    Time:             10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for health screenings

                          11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for festival

  • Delgado partners with local vendors, community organizations for back to school fair (VIDEO)

    CHICAGO-In order to help students get prepared for the school year, State Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago) joined with local businesses to host a back to school health and education fair on Saturday, August 29. The event, hosted at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in Hermosa, offered free school supplies, backpacks, flu shots, child identification cards, a dance fitness class and a wide variety of other services.

    “I’m so glad I was able to give back to this community that has already given me so much,” Delgado said. “The families and children that joined us today are my neighbors and friends. The generosity that all of these vendors has shown for all of them is truly inspiring.”

    "The 1st all kids back to school health and education fair was an initiative started by a concerned neighbor. Hair stylist and long-time Hermosa resident Sammy Soto came to Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and Senator Delgado with a concrete plan to make this event a reality. It was very humbling to see the community coming together under the leadership of Senator Delgado, who immediately made this event a priority,” said Omar Torres-Kortright, executive director of Segundo Ruiz.

    “His office went to work and secured sponsors and partners that provided free book bags, school supplies and medical services ranging from flu shots to dental, hearing and vision screenings. Sammy's Hair studio provided 100 free haircuts and Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center was happy to provide its 4500 sq ft facility, staff, volunteers and a dance and fitness class to complement the many resources already available. The event was a complete success and a clear example of what can be accomplished when public officials partner with local residents and arts organizations for the good of all children," Omar Torres-Kortright said.

  • Senate Democrats offer A+ laws for back-to-school season

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