Mayor Richard M. Daley joined state and government elected officials and residents from the Englewood community for the 50th Annual Englewood Back to School Parade at Ogden Park, 6500 South Racine Avenue.
The Parade and related festivities are geared to remind parents and children of first day of school for many Chicago Public School Students which falls on Tuesday, September 7th, 2010.
“In Chicago we have made the start of the school year a festive occasion because we know how important a quality education is to our children, our city and our country. I’ve made the improvement of the public school system a top priority of my administration. We need to work together - schools, parents and the community – to provide our children with the support they need to succeed in school and in life,” said Mayor Richard M. Daley.
In the past 20 years the City of Chicago has invested billions of dollars in capital improvement projects to build new schools and rehabilitate other schools. The city along with the Chicago public School System has also invested in increased teacher training and have increased test scores for elementary and high school students.
Recently Mayor Daley also a pilot program to enhance online pilot program learning called “Additional Learning Opportunities” (ALO) online initiative that begins in November will add 90 minutes of online reading and math learning time to the school day at five elementary schools. Ten schools will be added when the second semester begins in January.
“We’ve done our part, but we need help from the community at large,” added the Mayor. “On Tuesday, September 7th, please have you’re children in class on the first day of school ready to learn. We know that if a child attends class on the first day of school, he has a better chance of attending school year round and progressing to the next level.”