A Community School helps to build a network of supports for students and their families. Students and families may face complex living situations that can make success in the classroom difficult. Community Schools seek to remove those barriers by addressing the whole child and the needs of families. Community Schools focus on the areas of health and wellness, tutoring and enrichment, and collaborative leadership.
District 65 Community School locations include Chute Middle School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Fine Arts School, and Oakton Elementary.
The Four Pillars of Community Schools
Integrated Student Supports: Community Schools pay attention to the whole needs of their students.
Expanded and Enriched Learning Time and Opportunities: Educators and community partners provide wraparound services that support students in all aspects of their lives.
Active Family and Community Engagement: Community Schools prioritize authentic and consistent engagement for family and community members through systems, structures, and supports.
Collaborative Leadership and Practices: Through a shared vision and goals and equal distribution of responsibility, a Community School leverages the expertise of all of its stakeholders.
CS services and supports have included:
College Mentors for Kids: Mentoring transforms lives: we connect kids to college students through weekly on-campus activities that inspire growth, confidence, and brighter futures.
Girls on the Run: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Healthy Kids Market through Greater Chicago Food Depository: Healthy Student Markets are market-style food distributions located in schools. They provide nutritious food to students and families who may not be able to visit a traditional food pantry.
Health Services: Partnered with Evanston business, Lumen Optical, to provide comprehensive eye exams and glasses to students who needed extra support in getting these services.
School based legal clinic through Moran Center for Youth Advocacy: Provides free legal assistance for non-criminal matters to families with children attending Evanston/Skokie School District 65.
The Family Institute: Provides groups for children and workshops for families based on community needs.
For questions about the Community Schools program, please contact Rosa Sriver, Community Schools Resource Coordinator, at 847-733-4337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.