Emanuel encourages CPS students to aim for college

December 16, 2011 4:36:21 PM PST
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is using college pennants to help encourage more Chicago Public School students to go to college.

The pennants will be used to encourage and inspire students to achieve more.

The mayor says the idea comes from a charter school operator which hangs pennants from the colleges its alumni attend. Emanuel and schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard spoke with students Friday about their aspiration for college.

"Some kids were taught at home they are going to go to college, and these pennants and their teachers and their counselors were a reminder to re-enforce what they learned at home," said Emanuel.

The mayor's office has contacted more than 250 colleges to participate in the CPS pennant drive. So far, 61 have committed to being a part of the project.