December 19, 2009 (CHICAGO) --
Now that most Chicago public schools are on holiday break, Mayor Daley reminded parents Saturday to take advantage of programs offered to give kids something constructive to do while away from the classroom.The mayor spoke at Bethlehem Star Missionary Baptist Church on the city's South Side. It is among more than 30 churches partnering with the city's Department of Family Support Services to offer Safe Haven Safe Holiday programs during the school break.
The programs are focused on performing arts and conflict-resolution skills as a way to combat violence.
"We ask this holiday season for you to be safe, to be reflective upon what we have, and we pray, I mean we really pray, that next year will be a better year," said Mayor Daley.
The mayor also reminded residents that the police department will enforce the city's curfew during the holiday break.