WITS and Mentorships: Building a Community for Young Readers in CPS

By: Michelle Campos and Sharon Delavega

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Photo: Michelle Campos

As of June 2018, Illinois proposed to pass a budget to aid the ongoing budget crisis.  While Illinois expects this will help improve their situation, public schools are still suffering from the lack of funding. CPS has less resources to aid their performance in literacy and require organizations to help strengthen their curriculum.

Resources to aid literacy in Chicago

Teachers and schools do their best to offer parents the best resources to improve their child’s literacy skills. Chicago Public Library’s Homework Help Program, offers free tutoring sessions for any student with access to a Chicago Public Library. This program also offers online tutoring sessions for students even after their local library is closed. While this resource is an excellent aid to a student’s education, finding programs that build communities can last them a lifetime.

Working In The Schools and their role with literacy

Located in the West Loop of Chicago, WITS is a non-profit organization that CPS students can use to strengthen their literacy skills and build relationships that will go beyond eighth grade graduation. Because WITS is non-profit, it costs schools and students nothing to invite volunteers in their building and work one on one with students and build their literacy skills. Every year, WITS hosts a fundraising event to keep the program going and reach out to more schools across CPS.    

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Top Ten Free Outdoor Soccer Fields in Chicago

Who doesn’t love soccer? It’s an amazing sport that not only provides physical strengthening, but also a way to release stress. Whether playing against friends, trying to join a league, or just practicing on improving soccer skills- finding the right field to play in is important.

While the weather may start to get colder, there’s something about running with the wind and playing outdoors that prevails over indoor soccer fields. It also helps that while many indoor soccer fields charge money for entrance or hourly rates/field rentals, outdoor fields are free to the public.

Prepare those soccer bags, call up some friends, check the weather and be ready to have some fun! These are the top then outdoor soccer turfs, ranging from  CPS fields to Public Park fields, that one must visit when in Chicago.

Google Trends: Yeezy Release, Paul Manafort, and Noah Centineo

By Sharon Delavega

New Yeezy Release Shows Ongoing Spike of Interest Compared to Paul Manafort

In the upcoming months, Kanye West and Adidas will release their new Yeezy sneakers to the public, and the anticipation couldn’t be higher. It is known that there is only a certain amount of sneakers made per release, so it is important to stay on top when trying to purchase a pair. Many of us, who are interested in these shoes, plan accordingly by searching the description of the sneakers, price, and best way to buy them. 

How does the excitement of a Yeezy release compare to keeping up with the trials of Paul Manafort? 

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According to the analysis of Google search data, there were only two instances where Paul Manafort spiked higher than the search term of Yeezy. The first spike was from October 29 to November 4 of 2017 and upon further research, it was found that Paul Manafort was being charged, along with former Trump campaign officials, during the final days of October. This charge was one of the first actions taken regarding Manafort and his connection with Russia. The rise in the first spike could then be due to people researching who Paul Manafort was and the reasons toward why he was being charged.

The second spike was from August 19 to August 25 of 2018. During this time, Paul Manafort was convicted on eight charges that were due to tax and bank fraud. Therefore, this verdict was a major decision made that possibly led to the rise in searches for Paul Manafort. 

The analysis of Google search data shows how people are mainly interested in the main breakthroughs of Manaforts’ case compared to staying on top of the Yeezy releases. 


Heartthrob Sensation Noah Centineo Outdoes Paul Manafort in Google Search Trends 

Netflix has outdone itself once again. Introducing its viewers to various rom-coms but most importantly, introducing the world to Noah Centineo. Centineo has been trending all over social media, whether in memes, thirst posts, images, or gifs. 

How is it that Noah Centineo compares to Paul Manafort, who has been an ongoing political figure of interest?

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According to the analysis of Google search data, Noah Centineo did not start trending until August 19, where he got a 100 count of interest. This is most likely due to his breakthrough roles on Netflix of Peter Kavinsky, To All The Boys I Loved, and Jamey, Sierra Burgess Is A Loser. Noah Centineo played the love interest in both Netflix originals, that portrayed him as a lovable teen. 

Even when the decision of convicting Paul Manafort for fraud was occurring, people were more interested in searching who Noah Centineo was and why he was trending all over social platforms. This analysis shows how in major political events, people are more interested in upcoming celebrities than staying informed of current events.

In the end, a pretty face overshadows a controversial political figure.   

Quinn: MAP grants critical toward students’ success

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Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at RedLineProject.org. It’s been repurposed with permission for this assignment:

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.

“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

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