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Local Golden Apples, transgender teacher in Hyde Park school news

Local Golden Apples, transgender teacher in Hyde Park school news

Kenwood student awarded Golden Apple Scholarship: Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Kenwood Academy High School student Jermecia Trenell was selected as a 2014 Golden Apple Scholar. Trenell was one of 175 scholars to receive Golden Apple Scholarships from The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program. The program is designed to prepare future teachers to thrive(…)

Hyde Parker helps students achieve prom dreams

Hyde Parker helps students achieve prom dreams

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Glass Slipper Project is celebrating its 15th year of helping teen girls across the city, whose families can’t afford pricey gowns, find dresses for prom. The boutique also has a new location this year. The Glass Slipper Project (GSP), which was founded by Hyde Park native Dorian Carter,(…)

Chicago Harris Study: Kindergarten too easy

Chicago Harris Study: Kindergarten too easy

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Offering more advanced content to kindergarteners regardless of their economic background can save school systems money, according to a new study from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies. Past policies such as smaller classroom sizes and extended school days, which can be expensive for cash strapped districts such(…)

57th Street Art Fair helping art students this year

57th Street Art Fair helping art students this year

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Art students Seth Carlson, Sofia Hardy, Antonia-McMan McCline and Hannah Murray-King won the 57th Street Art Fair’s 2014 student competition. The art work of jewelry designer Carlson, a student from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, sketch artist Murray-King and photographers Hardy and McMan McCline, students from(…)

Sephardic music at Congregation Rodfei Zedek this weekend

Sephardic music at Congregation Rodfei Zedek this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Rodfei Zedek Congregation, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a weekend of programming focusing on Sephardic music. This Friday evening and Saturday morning, guitarist and singer Gerard Edery will incorporate Sephardic melodies into the congregation’s Shabbat services, according to cantor Rachel Rosenberg. On Saturday, the synagogue will host a(…)

Hyde Park Community Players take on Shakespeare

Hyde Park Community Players take on Shakespeare

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will mark their fifth anniversary with a production of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” This is among the players’ biggest casts, with more than 30 cast members, staging a production of “Romeo and Juliet” over three weekends in April. The players are once again collaborating(…)

Harper Avenue greystones coming down

Harper Avenue greystones coming down

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The three greystone buildings on the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue have begun to come down. Antheus Capital purchased the three greystone buildings in 2008 with the intention to renovate and rent them as apartments. Peter Cassel, Antheus spokesman, told the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing Advisory Council last(…)

Fundraising effort pays for Canter Middle School’s D.C. trip

Fundraising effort pays for Canter Middle School’s D.C. trip

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Friends of Miriam G. Canter donated more than $5,200 toward Canter Middle School’s class trip to Washington, D.C. The donation will allow two more students to participate and lowered the cost for those going, according to the school’s principal. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of The Friends of(…)