Rainbow PUSH Coalition/PUSH Excel to host ‘End of Summer, Back-to-School

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Friday, August 19, 2022
NOTE: Due to predictions of rain, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition & PUSH Excel
are holding this event inside rather than the park.

Rainbow PUSH Coalition/PUSH Excel to host ‘End of Summer, Back-to-School’ rally Saturday PUSHING for Excellence

Chicago, IL — The Rainbow PUSH Coalition and PUSH Excel are ending an historic summer STEAM Camp program with a back-to-school rally Saturday, August 20th, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s national headquarters, 930 E. 50th St.

PUSH Excel officials will be giving away 1,000 book bags, and there will be plenty of food and games for children.

Logistics: The program will begin in the auditorium. There will be games and a book bag giveaway in the Community Hall on the second floor. Robotics and e sports will be held in the TV studio.

Secretary of State Jesse White and his Jesse White Tumblers will be present along with the Chicago Bears Drumline, music, Connect 4 game, old fashion games like checkers and much more.

Rev. Janette Wilson, national executive director of PUSH Excel, said, “Students in the PUSH Excel STEAM and Summer Sports program enjoyed a summer of engagement in STEAM education.

“Our students learned and experienced the performing arts, African cultural presentations, meditation, conflict resolution; e-sports; aviation; acting; public speaking; Black history; coding; website design; virtual reality; audio; engineering and production; quilting; financial literacy; history of music and outdoor sports and all in a safe place,” said Rev. Wilson.

PUSH Excel students also went on several field trips including: Museum of Science and Industry, Cubs home game, Goodman Theater, Garfield Park Conservatory, Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Chicago Bears Training Camp.

“Our goal is to continue the Saturday Enrichment program after Labor Day as a way of continuing the after school learning and cultural awareness so important to exposing our children beyond their weekly classroom experience,” she stated.

In partnership with PUSH Excel, Dinalynn Biggs, president/CEO of the Biggs Radio Station, will be steaming live. She is providing free screenings, face paintings, school supplies and other giveaways. Arthur Sutton’s & Gifts of Praise will be present at this “family fun” affair.

Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.

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