A Community School is a set of partnerships between the school and the community that promotes student achievement, positive conditions and the well-being of families and communities. While the student is at the center of the Community School, we also recognize that children grow up in families and that these families are an integral part of the community. The aim of the Community School is to provide the support and services needed in order to remove barriers that interfere with learning. As a team, school, family and community, we will work together to ensure that students are ready to learn and families feel good about raising their children in West Chicago.
Bendictine University is a private
university in Lisle, IL dedicated to the education of undergraduate and
graduate students from diverse ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds.
Graduate students from the Master of Science in Wellness and Nutrition/Dietetic
Internship concentration will collaborate with the Northern Illinois Food Bank
to deliver nutrition classes once a week for members of our community. These
nutrition classes will be combined with 30 minutes of physical activity provided
by the West Chicago Park District.
Breaking Free is a social service agency that provides education, prevention and counseling services. Breaking Free will hire, train and supervise the necessary staff to run the DREAM After School Program. The DREAM program will run 30 weeks during the school year and 5 weeks during the summer.
DuPage County Health Department promotes physical and emotional health; prevents illness, injury and disability: protects health from environmental risk factors: and strives to assure the provision of accessible, quality service. The DuPage Country Health Department will collaborate with Kid Care Medical to provide four, 2-hour Wellness Screening events per year. Services offered will be dental screenings for adults and community members with referral to affordable and appropriate follow-up dental care when needed.
The Federation for Community Schools is a member coalition that works to amplify the voice and abilities of community schools through policy changes, professional development, and programmatic supports. The Federation for Community Schools will provide professional development and coaching for the Community School staff and partners.
Kid Care Medical’s mission is to provide affordable, quality health care, and excellent service to children of all ages, adults, and women who are pregnant. Kid Care Medical will collaborate with DuPage County Health Department to provide four, 2-hour Wellness Screening events per year. Kid Care Medical will offer flu shots, immunizations, heights and weight for BMI, blood pressure, and blood glucose screenings.
Literacy DuPage is a nonprofit, community-based organization whose mission is to help adults achieve their goals through accessible and customized tutoring in English. Literacy DuPage will provide free English as a Second Language classes for parents, 2 hours per session, twice a week, for 12-week sessions.
Metropolitan Family Services is a nonprofit organization which aims to empower families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Metropolitan Family Services will provide one full-time, bilingual mental health clinician to provide group services and carry a caseload of 14-18 families who will receive individual and family counseling services at home, Currier School or the community.
Northern Illinois Food Bank is the source of nutritious food, innovative feeding programs, and hope for more than 71,000 people each week. Northern Illinois Food Bank will collaborate with Benedictine University for the family nutrition classes.
Outreach Community Ministries is a family of community service organizations, restoring hope and providing opportunities in DuPage County. Services include counseling, case management, mentoring, youth development, college scholarships, transitional housing and community development. Outreach will provide one part-time, bilingual mental health clinician to provide services for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Currier students and their families.
People’s Resource Center meets basic needs, including food, clothing, and rent assistance, and offers resources, such as learning English, studying citizenship, job assistance, computer training, free refurbished computers and repair as well as art classes. PRC will provide face to face consultation and coaching during the planning period and first year for Community School staff to open a volunteer run resource center located in Currier School.
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is a statewide association of 51 local organizations that create long-lasting community change by helping children and youth achieve their potential, promoting financial stability and family independence and improving people's health. United Way will provide one early learning bilingual Parent Liaison to serve 200 preschool families a year and one early childhood licensed bilingual community mental health clinician to serve 14-18 families.
West Chicago Park District aims to create an enhanced quality of life through effective programs, progressive facilities and preservation of parks and natural resources in a fiscally responsible manner. West Chicago Park District will provide an exercise/physical activity class once a week. West Chicago Park District will collaborate with Benedictine University and Northern Illinois Food Bank to ensure that the physical activity and nutrition components are connected.