Health, gardens, ratings in school news

Parent health seminar at Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave.

Murray Elementary School will be the host of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Network 9 Parent Health Seminar.

The network formed the parent health seminar to promote healthy living for families on the South Side. Parents are invited to learn more about how to create and sustain a healthier lifestyle for their families. Seminar topics include community health trends, healthy meal preparation and asthma control.

The event, which is in partnership with University of Chicago Medicine, will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave.

Garden ribbon cutting at Kozminski Elementary School, 936 E. 54th St.

Kozminski Elementary School will celebrate the opening of its community garden space with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Friday, June 5. The garden will also be used as an outdoor learning space.

Kozminski, in partnership with Openlands, an organization that protects natural habitats and wildlife in Illinois, created a 2,000-square-foot community garden on the southwest section of the school.

The garden, which will be near the school’s basketball court and an outdoor water source, will include tiered seating for outdoor classroom time and observing basketball tournament games. It will also include seven raised containers for edible plants, trees, shade plants, a butterfly garden and a pizza garden — which is a round plant bed divided in the shape of pizza slices that will produce vegetables that are usually put on pizzas, such as tomatoes, onions and bell peppers.

Teachers of all grade levels will use the garden as an outdoor learning space in the areas of nutrition and science. The space will also be occasionally open for community use.

Superior ratings for history fair students from The Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave.

Sidney Paris and Roley Corrigan-Halpern, 7th graders at The Ancona School, received “superior” ratings from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency at the Illinois History Expo.

Corrigan-Halpern received a rating of “superior” on her comprehensive exhibit covering the history of the Center on Halsted. Paris’s exhibit, which also received a “superior” rating, on William Hale Thompson and the 1919 Race Riots, was chosen by the Illinois History Expo to “remain behind” and will be put on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield through mid-June.

Compiled by Herald Staff Writer Daschell M. Phillips.