This month kids everywhere are back in class, and St. Jude League Community Development is hard at work helping Our Lady of Guadalupe grade school in South Chicago have a successful school year in a neighborhood facing multiple challenges:
Our Lady of Guadalupe School serves Kindergarten through 8th grade students in a community where 100% of residents qualify for free or reduced lunches. All OLGS students are provided a warm breakfast each morning.
The school’s dedicated, experienced teachers give students the high-quality education that they might not otherwise have access to in a neighborhood where the average annual family income is $18,000. In order to make this possible, the school offers significant tuition assistance to most families.
The school is located in a blue-light camera neighborhood, which denotes it as having one of the highest crime rates in Chicago. As a result, OLGS takes great care to make sure students are safe during arrival and dismissal. The staff opens the doors at 7 a.m. and remains open until 5 p.m. Students can work on academics in supervised classrooms and computer labs during this time.
Supporting young people academically requires more than just focusing on reading, writing, and math. Principal of Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Bonnie Hall, knows kids can’t learn well when they’re hungry or worried about violence in the neighborhood. “At OLG, we take care of one another,” she said, “OLG is an oasis for these students.”
We invite you to find out more about Our Lady of Guadalupe School needs for the 2021-22 academic year and once again consider offering your generous support. OLGS does more than prepare students for high school and college; it builds values that stress community, family, and life-long learning. Join us in making a difference!