On Wednesday, December 5th, the Spry Community Links High School community welcomed a very special guest to the stage, Chance the Rapper. He was invited to speak to the students of Spry as part of the school’s partnership with Social Works, Chance’s philanthropic organization that has awarded the school a grant to bolster their arts programming. After motivating students in the auditorium, Chance the Rapper cut the ribbon for the New Chance Arts Media Lab. With funding from Chance the Rapper and the Social Works grant, Links was able to purchase new technology for the lab. Additionally, students from Graffiti Club used funding from the grant to design and paint the walls of the lab. Chance the Rapper was thoroughly impressed with the artistic talent displayed by the students at Links. One of the members of Graffiti Club, Yielsi Gonzalez, read a touching speech to Chance the Rapper and guests in the Media Lab which expressed gratitude for the grant. Her speech highlighted the creative and collaborative spirit of the students at Links. Yielsi received a standing ovation from the crowd. Following the lab dedication, Chance returned to the auditorium to kick off Spry’s fall Louder Than a Bomb Poetry Performance. Chance is a Louder than a Bomb Alumnus and spoke about how the program taught him how to work a stage and why it is important to be part of a supportive, artistic community. He then turned the mic over to Josue Arvizo (senior) who introduced student poets Sony Morales (freshman), Yesenia Robles (sophomore), Mari Lopez (senior), and Naiomi Contreras (sophomore). After the Links students performed, Links students were further treated by performances from Pat Frazier and Luis Carranza, resident teaching artists from Young Chicago Authors. The Links Louder Than a Bomb program is made possible through partnerships with Social Works, After School Matters, and Young Chicago Authors
Community Links was recently featured in an article by SocialWorks. Check out the great things they had to say about our students and the art they have been creating at this link. There's also a video (below) featuring the alebrijes created in Mr. Sidarous' Biology class and the work the Graffiti Club did on the B3 renovation.
On Thursday, September 13, students participated in the release of several monarch butterflies. These butterflies were each tagged with an identifying number and in January, students will be able to find out if their butterflies made it to Mexico, their winter destination.
In addition to the release, students talked about the importance of taking care of our communities (including butterflies) and worked in small groups to write their thoughts into poems, such as this one, written by Community Links freshmen:
I Am Another You
We're creative and give each other ideas.
We're successful together, we're equally born,
we are the future.
We may have our differences, but our friendship will last.
We stand up together for what is right.
We accomplish our dreams together.
Together we triumph,
We are Links!
Congratulations to the class of 2018! The teachers (mostly Mr. Ruby) have collected a set of favorite memories of this excellent group of students. We wish you the best of fortune and luck in whatever comes next!
Congratulations to the 207-2018 CLHS Students of the Month! And a special thanks to Mr. Borras, who treated these superstars to a special lunch.
Congratulations to Estanislao Blas and Jaqueline Avila, two CLHS alumni who were Inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Daley College! Special thanks to Joe Halli and CPS for assisting the students with the cost of the membership fee and for being an amazing partner in ensuring our students are successful.
Links juniors are working hard in their OneGoal classes on getting a jump start on their personal statements for their college applications. This week they worked with various community partners, who took time out of their day to give students feedback on their essays.
CLHS was featured in a recent newsletter from Latinos Progresando. Check it out here.