I am writing to remind you that I’m co-hosting an important community meeting tonight with Sullivan High School Principal Chad Adams to help develop a plan that could net the school $10 million over a five-year period.
The meeting will take place TONIGHT (Tuesday, January 26th), 7:00 p.m., at Sullivan High School’s Social Room (room 131), 6631 N. Bosworth.
As I reported last month, Sullivan was selected to represent Chicago in a nationwide competition to receive a $10 million grant to redesign the school.
Entitled XQ: The Super School Project, the competition hopes to inspire teams of educators, students, and community leaders from high schools across the nation to come up with new plans for their schools. The project challenges the nation to re-imagine what a high school in our nation should look like so that it can better prepare students for the rigorous challenges of college, jobs, and life in the 21st century.
Over the next several months, Sullivan will undertake an intensive five-round application process in which it will develop a plan to redesign the high school. The final proposal could include plans to radically alter school schedules, curricula and technologies. A critical element of the application process involves reaching out to the surrounding community stakeholders and residents to solicit their ideas and insights on what Sullivan could and should look like as we move further into the new millennium.
Next week’s community meeting is an important first step in this community outreach. If you care about our Rogers Park schools and the future of our children, I know you won’t want to miss this critical meeting. The meeting will inform Sullivan’s next submission in the competition, which is due in February. Five winners will be announced next August and each winning school will receive $10 million over five years. I hope Sullivan is one of them!
I am thrilled to work through the process with Principal Adams and the entire Sullivan High School team. It’s an exciting opportunity for us to showcase our incredible high school and envision what this prize could mean for future Sullivan students.
See you tonight!