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Loyola University Chicago School of Education Participates in Fourth Annual “I Know I Can College Awareness Day”
Program Targeting Third Grade Chicago Public Schools Students Set for March 25
CHICAGO, March 20, 2008 – Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education (SOE) is teaming up with the Illinois College Access Network (IllinoisCAN) to host the fourth annual “I Know I Can College Awareness Day” on Tuesday, March 25. More than 125 volunteers, including education, business, and civic leaders, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, will visit third-grade classrooms in 43 different Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to read I Know I Can, a children’s book by Wendy W. Rouillard devoted to college awareness.
Volunteers will visit the CPS classrooms throughout the day reading the I Know I Can book to more than 3,000 students. A discussion about setting educational goals, the importance of college, and general motivation will also be a major part of the day.
“It’s never too early to start talking to children about the importance of education and setting their goals high,” said Mary Charles, a member of Loyola’s SOE and coordinator of this year’s I Know I Can program. “We’re visiting third-grade classrooms to let students know that with a little hard work and planning, attending college is well within their reach.”
On March 25, volunteers will gather at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus (Kasbeer Hall, 15th floor, 25 E. Pearson Ave.) for a sunrise breakfast kick-off at 7:30 a.m. Various leaders from IllinoisCAN, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, and other organizational sponsors will speak to the volunteers about the day’s festivities, as well as the importance of the program.
“We’re thrilled that so many people from throughout the community have volunteered to read in our classrooms and talk to our children about college,” said Arne Duncan, chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools. “We know that every child in every school has the opportunity to be successful and we are grateful to everyone for reinforcing that.”
For more information about the Illinois College Access Network, or “I Know I Can College Awareness Day,” please visit www.illinoiscan.org.
About Illinois College Access Network
The Illinois College Access Network (IllinoisCAN) seeks to improve postsecondary access and success for low-income and first-generation college students in Illinois. IllinoisCAN’s work is grounded in the perspectives of its broad base of members, over 50 organizations and 215 individuals, who contribute their expertise as direct service providers, advocates, funders, and researchers. IllinoisCAN fosters dialogue and implements cooperative strategies to effect change by organizing members and other interested parties around college access and retention issues. For more information, visit www.illinoiscan.org.
About The Chicago Public Schools
The Chicago Public Schools is the nation’s third-largest school system. It includes more than 600 schools and serves about 409,000 students. For more information, visit www.cps.k12.il.us/.
About Loyola University Chicago School of Education
Located in the heart of the city, at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus just off North Michigan Avenue, the School of Education (SOE) offers undergraduate, master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral degree programs. As part of a major university in a world-class location, the SOE provides high-quality programs that develop professional skills and knowledge both for the classroom and for diverse urban environments. Taking advantage of its superior city location, the SOE maintains strong partnerships with the Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Archdiocese Schools, as well as with suburban schools, to provide extensive opportunities for clinical experiences and research. For more information, visit LUC.edu/education.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic University. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,500 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S.News & World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities,” and named the University a “best value” in its 2008 rankings. For more information, please visit LUC.edu.