Backpack, school supply giveaway on Saturday

There will also be free food at the Aug. 22 event, which starts at 2 p.m. The West Side location is at Madison and Central. The giveaway is in memory of Mary Lane and in association with the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Illinois and Alexandria Lodge #148.

West Siders invited to back to school parade Sunday

Illinois Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford will host her 11th annual back-to-school parade Sunday, Aug. 9 at Brookfield Zoo. There will be free snacks, school supplies, backpacks and more at the drive-thru event, which will take place at the south entrance lot near the high school from 12 to 2 p.m.

Officials discuss what school year at Austin College Career Academy will look like

High school juniors and seniors at Austin College and Career Academy – as well as the district’s dozens of other high schools – will be learning exclusively at home. The school is still deciding whether to keep its two school resource officers. Two other Austin high schools – Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School and Frederick Douglass Academy High School – have already voted unanimously to keep their officers.

Registration for free tutoring begins Thursday

Cluster Tutoring will be holding sign-up sessions at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 and Aug. 30. Tonight’s session will be held at Pine Avenue United Church, 5460 W. Augusta; next week’s session will take place at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St.

Local school elections held this week

Parents, teachers and school staff will be able to vote Wednesday at elementary schools and Thursday at high schools. In Austin, there will still be vacancies on 12 of the 17 LCSs, which will be filled before July 1 when all members begin serving.