Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Finding The Good Is Easy

It's everywhere. Sometimes you have to step back and focus on the good. Especially with so much disturbing testimony coming out of CPS headquarters during these final hearings.

So one good thing that happened today was that RPNPS Team Gale worked today with Howard Opportunities for Women and the Gale leadership on campus to develop a long term communications plan that will benefit all of the community partners working at this thriving school.

The Greenhouse is a laboratory for botany and business.

So many good things. It’s time for all of us to start looking at people instead of numbers. And by numbers, I mean numbers that lie.

We also had a wonderful tour of the greenhouse, which is the home to so much good programming for the kids and the community. There’s no other greenhouse like this on the far north side, at least that we’re aware of. Hydroponics, produce, community partnerships, a sustainable business model--- over the course of the next year we’re going to be telling the story of the people who work with kids in this greenhouse, and how it’s ahead of its time in so many respects.

It’s a lovely place, too. Very hard to leave and head back out into the rain, but we did. We're working with all of the schools in our community, and we're reaching out to other groups working around the
Cabbages thrive in the Greenhouse.
city. There are so many good things going on--- you just never hear about it because of the din generated by the noise machine working against public education every day.

Chicago has to make a decision about the kind of city it's going to be. Are we going to serve the people who are here? Are we going to build their future? Tell their stories? Can we even hear them any more? I guess we'll find out.

If you're involved in any of our Rogers Park neighborhood schools, and you want to work with us, get in touch.

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