This Week in Ed 6.30.20: 🌻 THANK YOU! | CPS Student Activism | CPS ARA Meetings | July 4 March

THANK YOU!!! We exceeded our Grow With Us fundraising goals- our goal was $10k, we raised it to $12K then we raised $13.8K- AND we met a match of $5K from an anonymous parent! Continue reading

This Week in Ed 6.26.20: Police contract stays- for now | Reopening IL schools

An anonymous donor has offered a match for your donation and all donations up to $5K total! Please help us get this match while doubling your impact! Your gift of $5 becomes $10; your gift of $50 becomes $100. Thanks for considering! Online donations are accepted here. We truly appreciate everyone who has given thus far! At the time of this email, we’re at 85% of our $10K goal. These are the last few days of #RYHGrow2020. Help us get there!   Continue reading

CPS Grab & Go Meal Sites Summer 2020: The Basics | COVID-19

Please see our NEW webpage for Fall 2020: CPS Grab & Go Meal Sites Fall 2020: The Basics | COVID-19. UPDATE 9.2: In an email today, CPS says that Grab & Go Summer Meals will be closed on Fri, Sept 4, and Mon, Sept 7, because of the Labor Day holiday weekend. Also, Grab & Go Meal Sites will continue and be expanded starting the first day of school, Tues, Sept 8. Meal Sites will be open from 8AM - 1PM during the school year. This page will no longer be updated.    Continue reading

This Week in Ed 6.18.20: 🌞 Happy Last Day, CPS Families! (sigh of relief) 🌻 Grow With Us! 🌻

RYH Family,  Tomorrow will mark my first full year at Raise Your Hand. When I stop to catch my breath, still my mind, and reflect on this past year, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Every day I get to serve, co-design a future that works for all families, and paint it into existence. I get to be part of the beautiful moments when parents realize their own agency, witness our collective power, and organize to create change. As we close out this academic year, I promise to continue working hard to earn the gift that is this job.  Continue reading

🌻 Grow With Us! | #RYHGrow2020 🌻

NEW! June 27: We met our initial goal of $10K- THANK YOU- so we've raised our goal to $12K. Sunday, June 28, is the last day of this fundraiser. June 23: Double your impact -- We have an anonymous donor who will match your donation and all donations up to $5K!  Donate here.     Continue reading

This Week in Ed 6.12.20: School Police Protests | #PoliceFreeSchools Movement Led by Youth

On Saturday, we hosted a virtual event, Reimagining Public Safety in Schools. We provided an opportunity for folks to listen to youth leaders, parents, educators, and stakeholders discuss their experiences with SROs, the current organizing around removing SROs in schools, and why they believe police officers should be out of schools. [SROs = School Resources Officers also known as school police.] Continue reading

ACTION ALERT: Demand that CPS CEO Janice Jackson reopen all CPS meal sites

UPDATE 6.1.20 8PM: CPS announced that meal sites will reopen tomorrow, June 2.  Sign the petition. (You may have to skip this if change.org is still offline.) Email your demand.  Post on social media.  (photo credit: Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times) Continue reading

Black Lives Matter

Dear RYH Family, Black Lives Matter. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 5.28.20: 👋 Bye Aramark! CPS Remote Learning data released. And more!

We hope that you & your family are well. A few things we want to highlight at the top of our weekly newsletter: NEW! Unemployment Assistance The State of Illinois has expanded its eligibility criteria for its Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program to include parents and guardians who have been unable to work due to child care needs. More information can be found here. Continue reading