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August 31, 2013

Book Bag/School Supplies Giveaway” Saturday Morning at Operation PUSH Headquarters

Chicago, IL (August 30, 2013) –Please join Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Judge Greg Mathis, Tony Scofield (WGCI), Kenya Simone Edwards (WGCI)) Kendal Moore, (WVON) Che Rhymefest and Chicago Bulls Ambassador Sidney Green, Guy Chicago Sky Mascot  along with PUSH For Excellence and Rainbow PUSH Coalition as they host a “Back to School Rally and Book Bag/School Supplies Giveaway” Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Rainbow PUSH Headquarters at 930 East 50th Street at 8:30pm. Book Bags and school supplies will be given away on a first come-first serve basis as quantities are limited. Parents and students will be asked to take theParent/ Student Pledge. Cain’s Barber College will offer free haircuts to students and Near North will provide information on free immunizations. Registration begins promptly at 8:00a.m-9:45a.m. We want our students to be prepared with school supplies and book bags. Supplies will be distributed Saturday morning, August 31, 2013. The Saturday Morning Forum starts at 10:00 a.m.


Monday August 26, 2013 was the first day of school for most public school students across the US. We know that it takes a village to raise and educate a child. Therefore, the village must prepare to take our children back to school this week.  School attendance is important. Truancy leads to delinquency. Delinquent children feed the cradle to the prison pipeline. 


We are urging parents, ministers and principals to implement the pledge as we move to close the achievement gaps that exist between students of color and students below the poverty line our research indicates:


Children from poor families do worse than kids from middle –class and wealthy families; children do better if their mother has a college degree; and, overall, children of all ethnicities and races do better in schools with less that twenty-five percent of the student population coming from low-income families.


The issue of how much out–of-school influences affect how well a child does in school has become controversial in today’s education debate, with many reformers insisting that a great teacher can overcome much, if not all of the outside factors.


It is important that parents take their children to school the first week of school. Students who miss school the first week of school cause problems for the school and for themselves. It is important that every child is prepared and starts school on time. Most school budgets are based on attendance the first two months of the new school year. Every day a student is absent, the school district loses revenue and the student loses an investment in education. We must take our children back to school as a community. Parents who can should take their children to school every day this week. Politicians and ministers should meet with the schools in their legislative districts the first week of school. Ministers are urged to visit the schools close to their churches this week and welcome the students back.


The safest route to school should include a parent and a child walking together. We urge every parent, grandparent, and guardian to make sure that every child goes to school this week. PUSH For Excellence and Rainbow PUSH Coalition will be visiting the schools in a PUSH For Excellence school community each day this week to encourage attendance. Ministers are urged to call every parent in their congregation to make sure that all students attended school every day this week.


We want our students to be prepared with school supplies and book bags. Again, Supplies will be distributed Saturday morning, August 31, 2013.


Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Founder and President of Rainbow Coalition reminds parents that “Your children need your presence more than your presents” and students that “If they can conceive it and believe it, they can achieve it. They must know it is not their aptitude but their attitude that will determine their altitude.


PUSH For Excellence and Rainbow PUSH Coalition staff representatives will still be contacting our parents and visiting parents at schools in Chicago trying to reach our goal of 10,000 parents making a commitment to become involved in their child’s education by implementing the PUSH For Excellence and Rainbow PUSH Coalition Seven Point Parent Pledge and the Five Point Student Pledge. 


We invite ministers and parents who are interested in receiving copies of the pledges not present on Saturday go to or call Rev. Janette C Wilson at 773-256-2731, Michelle Chambers at 773-256-2762 or Jason Robinson at 773-256- 2761 to request copies. 


Parents Pledge


I Will…


1.     Take my child to school

2.     Meet my child’s teacher

3.     Exchange phone numbers with my child’s teacher

4.     Turn off the TV three hours a night so my child may study

5.     Pick up my child’s report card each grading period

6.     Take my child to a place of worship once a week

7.     Fight for equal adequate funding for public education


Student’s Pledge


I Will…


1.     Attend school daily and strive for excellence in all that I do;

2.     Respect the authority of my parents and teachers;

3.     Study three hours each night without interruptions from anything or anyone;

4.     Read each day; and

5.     Complete all classroom and homework assignments.


“I pledge the share the burden of my generation, to help stop brothers and sisters from killing brothers and sisters. I will choose hope over dope and life and death."