West Side parents, students relieved school is resuming

Austin families uttered a sign of relief Thursday with the news that the Chicago Teachers Union had suspended its 11 day-strike and that classes for about 300,000 Chicago Public Schools students will resume Friday. Earlier this week, union delegates voted 364 to 242 to approve the 41-page, five-year agreement.

By The Hand breaks ground on addition

By The Hand Club For Kids broke ground over the weekend on a new $8 million, 30,000-square-foot addition to its 416 N. Laramie Avenue location. The expansion will allow Moving Everest Charter School, who leases the facility during the day, to serve another 270 students in sixth through eighth grade starting in August 2020.

Austin student wins national award from Bank of America

Alexis Mendoza is one of the five young people in the Chicago area selected to be part of the 2019 Bank of America Student Leader program. This summer she had an internship at Working in The Schools (WITS), Chicago-based non-profit that focuses on increasing childhood literacy – an opportunity she received through the Bank of America award.

Stop by Wednesday’s back to school dinner

Women of Self Love Inc. and Kids First Chicago are sponsoring the event being held from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at Austin Coming Together, 5049 W. Harrison St. Parents and students will learn about how to navigate the process for selecting an elementary and high school.