U.S. Secretary of Education to Visit Morton School of Excellence in Chicago, Discuss Importance of Afterschool Programs

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U.S. Secretary of Education to Visit Morton School of Excellence in Chicago, Discuss Importance of Afterschool Programs

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Chicago’s Morton School of Excellence and observe its various afterschool programs as part of the Afterschool Alliance’s 12th annual “Lights On Afterschool” initiative taking place around the country on Thursday, Oct. 20. During brief remarks, Duncan will recognize the importance of afterschool programs and acknowledge organizations that support them. Chicago Public Schools CEO J.C. Brizard, Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale, Academy for Urban School Leadership Executive Director Donald Feinstein, Morton Principal Angel Turner, and various community partners are among the many participants joining the Secretary.

Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, “Lights On Afterschool” is the only nationwide rally for afterschool programs. It calls attention to the importance of afterschool programs and the resources required to keep them running. A significant body of research demonstrates that students who attend afterschool programs regularly are more likely to improve their grades, tests scores and overall academic behavior.

Who : U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Chicago Public Schools CEO J.C. Brizard
Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale
Academy for Urban School Leadership Executive Director Donald Feinstein
CEO Richard Malone, YMCA Metro-Chicago
Board Member Barry Ford, Afterschool Alliance
Morton School of Excellence Principal Angel Turner
What : Tour of Morton School of Excellence’s afterschool programs and brief remarks
When : 4:45 p.m. CT Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011
Where : Morton School of Excellence
431 N. Troy St.
Chicago, IL