Pilsen Community Academy, named for its location in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, serves 438 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The school works hard to ensure its students have a wide range of activities in which they can participate during out-of-school time – both academic and extracurricular. Chicago Cares is proud to be one of Pilsen’s partners offering opportunities.
During Pilsen’s 2011-2012 school year, Chicago Cares offered programs during the week after school in art, cooking, and sports. Finding the school had a greater need for programming on the weekends, Pilsen Academy worked with Chicago Cares this fall to begin Saturday morning programs instead of weekday programs for the 2013-2014 school year.
Students in kindergarten through second grade have the opportunity to attend Story Time, during which the children and volunteers read together before creating a craft activity. This program will soon stand out from other Chicago Cares literacy programs as we begin to incorporate books written in Spanish; the school requested the inclusion to encourage greater participation from parents who speak Spanish as their first language. Students in fourthand seventh grades are gearing up to test in science in the upcoming Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT), so the school was eager for both of these grades to take part in Math + Science on Saturdays. The leaders of this program work together to ensure the science experiments are engaging for both grade levels. Students in third, fifth, sixth, and eighth grades may join in Cooking Adventures, back by popular demand from the 2011-2012 school year. Project attendees practice the basics of food- and cooking-safety while learning to prepare healthy snacks and meals.
Be a part of the exciting opportunities for Pilsen students by signing up to volunteer with Chicago Cares (the programs will take a hiatus in January and February)!