Mayor Richard M. Daley joins Pilsen residents at the 4th Annual Pilsen Back to School Bash to raise awareness about the start to the 2010 -11 school year.
“School begins on Tuesday, September 7th, and it’s vitally important that every student shows up on time and ready to learn,” said Mayor Daley. It’s important for the students, because they will fall farther and farther behind with every day they’re absent. So I’m calling on parents and guardians to start preparing their children for school right now.”
Today’s bash, which took place at Juarez High School, featured entertainment and provided school supplies, hair cuts and other needed services to the children of the community. Local organizations and businesses made donations to make this event a great success.
‘We all need to work together to provide our children with the tools they need to succeed. Schools can’t do it alone. We need community leaders to get involved,” the Mayor urged. “By working together, you are creating a brighter future for our children. And that is so important because our children represent the future of our city and our nation”.
The 2010 back to school campaign is centered around the theme, “Show Up! First Day and Every Day,” and it’s designed to educate parents and students about the upcoming school calendar while also building enthusiasm and excitement for the start of the new school year.
Chicago Public Schools serves approximately 409,000 students in more than 670 and is the third largest school district in the nation.
Daley said, “So let’s re-dedicate ourselves now – and again on September 7th – to providing a high quality education for every child in every school in Chicago.
Public education is critical to the health of our city and its future. That’s why education has been my number-one priority as mayor. We’ve been working hard to improve our schools and those improvements start with strong attendance.”