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From California to Chicago: A story of resilience and perseverance

Freckles dot the hands and cheeks of Lidia Huante Mendoza, 67, remnants of a childhood spent working in the fields of California. Childhood memories for some are filled with scenes of exploration, play, and sheer joy, but for Huante Mendoza, it meant waking up to help her mother prepare food for her family as they […]

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Federal grant brings 21st-century learning to neighborhood schools

Two neighborhood schools—Morrill Elementary in Gage Park and Tilden High School in Canaryville—are reaping rewards from a $3 million federal grant to support innovative learning. Both schools have dedicated, redesigned space for high-tech, project-based learning focused on student interests. Teachers credit training and mentoring from Columbia College, the leading grant partner, for helping them rethink […]

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Hedges Caps off Summer of Environmental Education (PHOTOS)

  On Friday Aug. 16, James Hedges Elementary School in Back of the Yards held its first Garden Party, celebrating the achievements of 13 teen girls completing the Scientists for Tomorrow summer training program. For six weeks, Hedges hosted the program in collaboration with Afterschool Matters and Columbia College Chicago. Throughout the summer, participants gained […]