CPS receives major grant

March 26, 2008 7:47:41 PM PDT
A foundation has given $18 million to Chicago Public Schools for a program to help middle school students. The announcement was made Wednesday morning at Orozco Middle School on 19th Street, one of those taking part in the program.

Atlantic Philanthropies is funding the program. It will help students and their families by providing such things as health services, afterschool programs and mentoring.

"We know that if students are hungry, that if they're experiencing abuse, we know if they're experiencing trauma it's very hard for them to think about algebra and biology and going to college. In fact, we have to meet those needs first before we can even start to talk about the academics," said Arne Duncan, Chicago Public Schools CEO.

Marquette, Ames, Perspectives and Reavis schools are the others that will benefit from the program.

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