Month: July 2013

Ease Into the Upcoming Academic Year With These Back-to-School Events

PLCCA Youth Employment Program (YEP) Community Event/Parent Program

Sat.  Aug 3 – 10am-5pm

Free Food, games, raffles, music

5th & Fred Hampton Way (behind Police Station)

Keiche Café & Culinary Arts – Community Appreciation Day

Sat. Aug 3rd – 2-7pm

Free food and items to purchase – 10th & Washington Park

Isiah Brandon “Dunk Tank” – $1.00 a ball – (flyer attached)

Maywood Police – National Nite Out

Tues. Aug 6 – 7pm-10pm

5th & Fred Hampton Way (behind Police Station) – Free hot dogs, T-shirts, etc.

Back to School “Give-a-Way”

Sat. Aug 10 – 10am – 2pm

First 100 children (w parent & ID)

Free food, cartoon characters, music, activities

Sponsored by: HIM Learning Center – 20th & St. Charles

Youth on the Move Back-to-School Parade and Cookout

Sat., August 17, 10am-5pm

Line-up at 10th Park @ Washington Blvd.

NuWorld Ryders – Motocycle Club

Sun. Aug 18 – 12-3pm

Back-to-School Give-a-Way

5th & Fred Hampton Way (Police Station)

AKA Sorority Community Fair

Sat. Aug 24  – 10-2pm

Free school supplies for 1st 100 w/parent & ID

Free raffles, food vendors, health screenings, youth activities

9th & Madison  – Maywood Park District

Cooking, exercise, and “Parent Café” Opportunities!

NAACP College Readiness Fair

Sat., August 24, 8am-1pm

Naperville Central High School

ACT-SO Talent Showcase 1pm-3pm

Grades 6-12 (Essay Contest Prizes)

Free Dental Exams, Food to Purchase

*NOTE: Maywood Youth Mentoring Monthly Breakfast (First Saturday in August) Will Be Cancelled to Support Other August Community Events.

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Proviso Weekly Update: Safety Forum, District NJROTC Cadets at Leadership Academy, Parent University and More

District 209 Hosts Police, Community Officials at Safety Forum:

“Proviso Township High Schools District 209 hosted police and community leaders at a School and Community Safety Forum on July 16 at Proviso Math and Science Academy.

“The forum was designed as a way to discuss different ways that the district, area law enforcement, and the community at large can promote the safety of students and the community and develop partnerships to accomplish common goals. The forum featured 13 police officials and community leaders from the villages that comprise the district. They provided their perspectives on dealing with safety issues in the community and ways to protect students and community members in light of recent high-profile incidents.

“‘I’m really pleased at the support you’re showing for the safety of our children,’ said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, at the forum. ‘I’ve felt very supported by the village officials and police chiefs. It’s not about the blame game. It’s about partnering.'”

“As a whole, the panelists said that the schools and the community are safe overall. Sam Pulia, village president of Westchester, said that the police department provides special watches and patrols for schools.

“‘Having a police officer on site at least part of the time provides a sense of security,’ he said.”

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District 209 Cadets Get Competitive Edge at Leadership Academy:

Four cadets from Proviso West High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and two cadets from the Proviso East High School NJROTC program recently participated in the 12th Annual NJROTC Leadership Academy at Naval Station Great Lakes near North Chicago.

From June 23 to 29, they joined more than 140 NJROTC cadets from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and West Virginia in learning leadership traits, technical shipboard tasks, and sailing as well as math and science concepts.

‘They pick up the leadership skills and teach other cadets,’ said Mr. Patrick Falsey, an NJROTC instructor at Proviso East. ‘It’ll give them a role model to follow. It’s always a reward for good cadets. It’ll expose them to how other schools do business.’

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August 10 Parent University Coming to District 209:

“Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host a Parent University from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, at the district offices at Proviso Math and Science Academy, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park. The activity is part of the district’s parent enrichment through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement.

“The Parent University has been planned in collaboration between the district and the Proviso Strengthening College and Career Readiness Committee, which is a partnership among the following groups: District 209, Triton College, Community Alliance, Loyola University Medical Center, Neighborhood United Methodist Church, Casa Esperanza, and Resurrection Project.

The Parent University is a workshop designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. Among the tentative workshop topics will be the following:

  • Navigating high school.
  • College and career readiness.
  • Sessions specifically about Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and PMSA, conducted by each school’s administrators.”

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District 209 to Host Freshman Transition Program August 12-13:

“Members of the Class of 2017 will be able to participate in a freshman transition program August 12 and 13 at Proviso East High School, Proviso Math and Science Academy, and Proviso West High School.The freshman transition program is designed to provide incoming freshmen with the support that they will need for a successful start to their high school careers, said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. This is in addition to the traditional Freshman Orientation, which will occur on August 16.

‘High school is a time in a student’s life where they will be making important decisions that will affect the rest of their lives,’ said Dr. Collins-Hart. ‘Getting a good start to those years will help them be better learners and be better prepared to graduate successfully from high school. We want our students to feel good about our schools and be comfortable in their new settings. The additional time in the schools before the regular school year will help with that.
During the course of the two-day program, the students will learn tips for becoming a successful high school student, different ways to get involved in activities at their school, and how to begin preparing for life after high school. They also will learn how to develop positive relationships with each other and school staff, play games, have an ice cream social, learn about high school life, and have discussions about their concerns, anxieties, and needs as they move into high school.
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Rev. Lucille Jackson: Pioneering A.M.E. Pastor, Sister of Jazz Legend

Screen shot 2013-07-27 at 3.18.07 PMThe Chicago Sun-Times’s Maureen O’Donnell wrote a fitting piece on long-time Maywood pastor Lucille Jackson, who along with Rev. Esther Mitchell, co-founded J.W. James Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church at Sixth and Madison in Maywood. Rev. Jackson, 80, died at her Oak Park home on Tuesday. The Sun-Times obituary is reprinted below:

“It was extremely unusual in our denomination, that is over 100 years old, that they were the first co-founders and the first team of women to do this sort of work,” said the church’s current pastor, Garry S. Mitchell, son of the Rev. Jackson’s original co-pastor, the Rev. Esther James Mitchell.

The women also co-founded a grade school, James Memorial Christian Academy, that operated adjacent to the church from about 1982 to 2006. The Rev. Jackson taught reading and English there for 24 years. Its students later went on to graduate from schools including Stanford University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Texas A&M.

Rev. Jackson was born in a churchgoing, music-loving family, that included her little sister, Gloria Lewis Johnson, and her younger brother, Ramsey Lewis, the famed jazz pianist and composer. “In the Lewis family,” Mitchell said, reading from a family history, “going to church was not an option, but a way of life.”

Their father, Ramsey Lewis Sr., was director of the gospel chorus at Wayman A.M.E. Church, 509 W. Elm. “Dad took us to the Regal Theater and to the Chicago Theatre to see live stage shows with Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Earl Hines, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat ‘King’ Cole,” the Rev. Jackson said in a commentary written for one of her brother’s record labels, Narada.

She recalled that her father and her mother, Pauline, enrolled her and young Ramsey in piano lessons when they were children.

But “one hour of practice at the piano was truly painful for me!” she told writer Anne Aufderheide in a 2007 interview with the online jazz magazine “Not so for Ramsey. He completed the beginner’s book months before I did. The teacher soon recognized that Ramsey was definitely gifted.”

“It’s like a light has gone out in our hearts, yet we know we’ve gained an angel,” said Ramsey Lewis. “Lucille meant the world to me and Gloria — she was a wonderfully supportive sister to us, and a loving, strong mother to Paula. She impacted us and so many others through her ministry at J.W. James.”

When she was growing up, the Rev. Jackson’s family lived on the North Side. They worshipped at Pilgrim Baptist Church at 33rd and Indiana, until they began attending Wayman A.M.E. At that time, A.M.E. churches “were a little more open” to women ministers, Mitchell said.

“As she grew up in that environment,” Mitchell said, “she was able to clarify, in her mind and in her heart, the call to ministry that she was hearing.”

She attended Schiller Elementary, Wells High School and Wright Junior College. She earned a master’s degree at Concordia University, said a church spokeswoman. After doing mission work in Africa, the Rev. Jackson received an honorary doctorate of divinity degree from Monrovia College in Liberia, Mitchell said.

Her fiery sermons were delivered in a stentorian voice, a bit like that of Democratic Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, a famed orator.

“Lucille was one of the most gifted orators I’ve ever heard, and the fact that she was spreading God’s word made the message even stronger,” Ramsey Lewis said. “She would often joke that while Gloria and I were the family musicians, she didn’t quite inherit that gene, but felt free in worship to ‘make a joyful noise unto the Lord’ in her own special way.’ ”

In 2005, he recorded a well-reviewed gospel CD at her church, “With One Voice.” “The sanctuary was filled with worshippers praising God and Ramsey mentioned that it was a like a real revival meeting!” the Rev. Jackson said in a piece written for the Narada record label.

The CD gave a new spin to classics like “Oh Happy Day.” “They took a standard hymn, ‘Pass Me Not,’ and started off in the traditional manner,” Mitchell said, “and then merged it into a modern gospel, contemporary jazz rendition, and it’s a song that our choir still sings to this very day.”

She loved Christmas, and put in a lot of work writing the church’s annual holiday production, which often connected the stresses of modern life to the troubles of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. “She tied in not having enough rent money, and the true gift was the gift of Christ, refocusing the children from the material gifts to the birth of our savior,” Mitchell said.

Her marriage ended in divorce. Afterward, she would say — in a lighthearted but determined way — “There’s no [man] to pay the rent at my house, or the tuition for my daughter. I depend solely on God.” Her daughter, Paula Ann Jackson, attended Rush University College of Nursing and earned a master’s degree, a church spokeswoman said.

Rev. Jackson worked until 2008, when she reached the A.M.E. church’s mandatory retirement age of 75, a church spokeswoman said.

She will lie in state from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at J.W. James A.M.E. Church at 907 S. 6th Ave., Maywood, with a celebration of life planned from 5-7 p.m. On Monday, refreshments will be served at the church at 9 a.m., with her homegoing celebration scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.