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Perspectives Restores Peace and Builds Peace Gardens

11-Sep-2012

Contact:
David Terry, (312) 604-2142, dterry@pcsedu.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

Perspectives Restores Peace on 9/11
Alison Thompson and Elizabeth Maldonado visit Perspectives Charter Schools to build Peace Gardens on day of Remembrance and Service

CHICAGO, IL – September 11, 2012 – Perspectives Charter Schools and humanitarian Alison Thompson paid tribute to 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks, on Tuesday, September 11, by building and planting peace gardens at Perspectives High School of Technology and Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy.

In response to the persistent gun violence on Chicago’s streets, students, teachers, parents and staff at Perspectives are asking “What will we do to restore peace in our communities?” Alison Thompson, humanitarian, volunteer, and globally conscious citizen, joined Perspectives students and community partners in commemorating the 9/11 Day of Remembrance and Service by building and planting a peace garden as a symbol of their commitment to eradicating violence in our communities.  Moreover, students gathered in ‘peace circles’ to reflect on how to incorporate the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life® into actionable ways of restoring peace in our neighborhoods.  A Disciplined Life® is the core curriculum that guides instruction and learning at Perspectives Charter Schools where students, parents, teachers and staff commit to Living A Disciplined Life® by adopting 26 principles that promote character development in line with academic excellence.

Inspired to act by the tragedies of 9/11, Thompson spoke to students about her personal experiences as a volunteer. She has been in the trenches from Ground Zero to Sri Lanka to Haiti in the aftermath of major natural disasters.  She observed that “Gun violence is Chicago’s own tsunami, hurricane, or earthquake,” destroying families and communities.  Thompson likened students to aid workers that “could do small deeds of service and by showing kindness they could restore peace and usher in an era of healing.”

Elizabeth Maldonado, mother of Perspectives graduate, Jeff Abbey Maldonado, Jr., class of 2008, addressed students about urban terrorism that took the life of her only son.  “Just one day after his nineteenth birthday Jeff was brutally murdered by gang violence,” said Maldonado and “Jeff was a talented hip hop artist who wrote about peace and was a kind hearted and beloved by his community of Pilsen.”  Together with her husband, Jeff Abbey Maldonado, Sr., they both work tirelessly to honor Jeff’s memory and legacy by advocating for peace and hope throughout Chicago.

Committing to restoring peace in our communities, students at Perspectives Tech and Math & Science Academy—who were joined by Joslin Campus students—shoveled and used garden spades as they prepared the earth for the planting of daffodil bulbs.  Several students remarked that they had never gardened and found the experience of holding a bulb in the palm of their hands, planting it, and packing the bulbs into nutrient rich top soil to be very rewarding.  Alternating between digging holes and planting bulbs, students gathered into ‘peace circles’ to discuss amongst themselves their ideas on how to restore peace and foster hope in the community.  Several students shared personal stories of family and friends who had been slain or victimized by gun violence, some as recently as Monday.  Students talked about combating gun violence through awareness, showing gratitude and making sound decisions in life. “Character education and academic excellence are accomplished through A Disciplined Life®, it is the common language between staff, students, and parents that guides our intellectual, social, and emotional pursuits,” said Julie Puzon, Principal of Perspective/IIT Math & Science Academy.

After the gardens had been built and planted the students and Thompson came together in a highly emotional peace ceremony where each student shared their reasoning for planting bulbs in the peace garden as a metaphor for future hope and growth toward more peaceful neighborhoods.  “Watching the students work with Alison today to plant daffodils was amazing and inspiring,” said Wendy Irwin, Director of Strategy and Development at Yellow Tractor.  She continued to say “I am inspired to see students at Perspectives taking the time to reflect on how they can improve our communities and through gardening remember in a symbolic and meaningful way their loved ones that have passed. Yellow Tractor, in partnership with Chalet Nursery donated the daffodil bulbs and soil for the Perspectives Peace Gardens.

Deja Swint, a 12th grader at Math & Science Academy noted that “It’s tough on our streets and I have to do what’s right to overcome what is going wrong in our neighborhood,” affirming her desire to ‘Take Initiative’—one of 26 principles of A Disciplined Life®.

Thompson shared clips from her documentary film based on her book, The Third Wave, released worldwide by Random House, sharing her experiences and the message that ‘everyone is needed’.  Following Thompson’s presentation students formed long lines to offer a hug and their thanks clearly demonstrating that her words inspired hope and peace.

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Perspectives Restores Peace on 9/11 with Humanitarian Alison Thompson

10-Sep-2012

Perspectives Restores Peace PERSPECTIVES RESTORES PEACE ON 9/11 WITH HUMANITARIAN ALISON THOMPSON

Perspectives Charter Schools and humanitarian Alison Thompson are paying tribute to 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks, on Tuesday, September 11, at Perspectives High School of Technology and Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy.

In response to the persistent gun violence on Chicago’s streets, students, teachers, parents and staff at Perspectives are asking “What will we do to restore peace in our communities?” Alison Thompson, humanitarian, volunteer, and globally conscious citizen, will join Perspectives students and community partners in commemorating the 9/11 Day of Remembrance and Service by building and planting a peace garden as a symbol of their commitment to eradicating violence in our communities. Bulbs, donated by the Yellow Tractor Program and with support from Chalet Nursery, will be planted in a safe place where children can nurture hope and peace through gardening.

Thompson will speak to students about the impact that volunteerism
has had on her life and will encourage students to volunteer regularly in their community. She has been in the trenches from Ground Zero to Sri Lanka to Haiti and has received medals and awards from across the globe. Her book, The Third Wave, released worldwide by Random House, shares her experiences and the message that ‘everyone is needed’.

A Disciplined Life®
is the core curriculum that guides instruction and learning at Perspectives Charter Schools where students, parents, teachers and staff commit to Living A Disciplined Life® by adopting 26 principles that promote character development in line with academic excellence. To learn more about Living A Disciplined Life®, visit: http://www.pcsedu.org.

On the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Perspectives is proud to be a part of the national movement in service by creating a space for peace and remembrance. Alison Thompson and Rhonda Hopps, CEO of Perspectives Charter Schools will be available for photos and one-on-one interviews.

WHO
:
Humanitarian, Alison Thompson
Perspectives Charter Schools
Yellow Tractor Program

WHAT
:
National 9/11 Day of Remembrance and Service Peace Garden

WHEN
:
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Perspectives High School of Technology)
1:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. (Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy)
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

WHERE
:
Perspectives High School of Technology
8131 South May Street
Chicago, IL

Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy
3663 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL

FOR MORE INFORMATION
:
MEDIA: David Terry, 312-519-0498, dterry@pcsedu.org
EVENT: Lupe Jimenez, 312-604-2104, ljimenez@pcsedu.org

You're Invited: Living A Disciplined Life® Luncheon with Paul Tough

27-Aug-2012



Paul Tough, New York Times Magazine education writer and best-selling author, will discuss his book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, at noon on Thursday, September 27 at mk The Restaurant.  Joined by guests of Perspectives Charter Schools, Tough will talk about the qualities that matter most to educating our students for success in college and life--such as those of character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.  

At Perspectives, these same qualities are reflected in the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life®. Each day, Perspectives teachers, students, parents and staff life A Disciplined Life with grit and courage. Perspectives Charter Schools offers Chicago's families an education choice rooted in strong academic preparation while instilling key social and emotion education that builds individual character and grooms each student for success well beyond high school and college.

WHO
:
New York Times Magazine Education Writer and Author, Paul Tough

Founder and President, Perspectives Charter Schools, Diana Shulla-Cose

CEO, Perspectives Charter Schools, Rhonda Hopps

WHAT:
Discussion on character education with book reading and signing

WHEN:
Noon – 1:30 p.m. CT

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012

WHERE:
mk The Restaurant
868 North Franklin Street
Chicago, IL

RSVP and FOR MORE INFORMATION:
David Terry
312-604-2142
dterry@pcsedu.org

Chicago's Perspectives Charter Schools Proud of Anthony Davis

02-Jul-2012

Little known Perspectives Charter School was thrust into the spotlight along with Davis in his rise to basketball fame

By Bryan Crawford, NBC Chicago

Two years ago, nobody knew Anthony Davis' name nor had they heard of his high school, Perspectives Charter School which isn't exactly a basketball powerhouse here in Chicago. But both have been thrust into the spotlight with his ascension in the basketball ranks and no one is prouder of him than his alma mater.

"Today we proudly celebrate the amazing journey of Perspectives' Charter Schools' graduate Anthony Davis. Anthony's selection tonight by the New Orleans Hornets as the No. 1 overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft is the culmination of an incredible year, during which he captured college basketball's most coveted awards,” said Rhonda Hopps, CEO of Perspectives Charter School in a press release.

After relative obscurity and a seven inch growth spurt, Davis joined the Mean Streets AAU basketball program in the summer of 2010 and the rest is history. He received an athletic scholarship from the University of Kentucky and led the team to a National Championship and in the process, took home every major individual award in college basketball and went on to be the top pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Davis was an honor roll student at Perspectives and Hopps says that he embodied everything that the school tries to impart on their students.

“Anthony is the embodiment of our school's philosophy of "A Disciplined Life," which teaches students life skills like "Demonstrate perseverance" and "Accept only quality work from yourself." Anthony models the 26 principles of "A Disciplined Life" on and off the court.”


Freshman from Chicago leads Kentucky to NCAA title

06-Apr-2012

April 3, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) --
Leading Kentucky to the NCAA basketball title was the freshman from Chicago, Anthony Davis, college basketball's national player of the year.

If Davis elects to turn pro, he could be the first player selected in the upcoming NBA draft. It has been a remarkable journey for Davis, who just last year attended a little known Chicago charter high school.

Perspectives Charter in the South Loop is abundant with pride. A recent alumnus reached extraordinary heights Monday night: Anthony Davis, a graduate of Perspectives, most outstanding player of the Final Four, helped his Kentucky teammates win the NCAA championship.

"I'm glad he won the championship, and he won all of the accolades and awards he did. But it's just exciting that he came through here," said Perspectives college counselor Jonathan Daniels. Read Full Story Here


Anthony Davis credits Perspectives with his success

30-Mar-2012



Kentucky found hidden gem in Anthony Davis


By Marlen Garcia, USA TODAY

CHICAGO – As a high school freshman Anthony Davis fell a few inches shy of being the tallest player on his basketball team. He was 6-2 but shot up eight inches by his senior year.

That made him a hot commodity in basketball hot-bed Chicago, but in an unlikely place: Perspectives Charter School. It is a contradiction to urban public schools that produce high-caliber players and have a reputation for being crowded or run-down.

Perspectives is modern, down to the architecture of its Joslin campus building that is shaped like an isosceles triangle in the Downtown South Loop area.

Read Full Story Here

Kentucky’s Anthony Davis A Success Story For Small Chicago School

29-Mar-2012

Chicago's Anthony Davis is a freshman phenom at Kentucky. He'll be on college basketball's biggest stage at this weekend's Final Four, and it's an incredible story for a South Side kid who was unknown from an unheard of school before an unbelievable growth spurt.

Anthony Davis & Kentucky Wildcats Make ESPN & SI Magazine Cover Stories

15-Mar-2012



Click the image above to be redirected to the full story.

Watch an interview with Perspectives graduate Anthony Davis on ESPN.com as he makes UK the favorite.

Look for Anthony Davis to appear on the cover of this month's issue of Sports Illustrated too.

Best of luck in the tournament AD!

Want to work at Perspectives?

27-Feb-2012

Attention teachers and educators! Perspectives is hosting its first-ever, Invitation-Only Recruitment Event Monday, March 5, 2012.

The event will include a visit to one of our campuses, the opportunity to learn about Perspectives Charter Schools, and a chance to see our great teachers in action!

To be considered for this exclusive event, please forward a letter of interest and resume to hrintern@pcsedu.org.

Visit the Join Our Team webpage for additional details, open positions, and information on how to apply. 

ABC News Features Perspectives and Climate Change

17-Feb-2012

Students at Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy are learning about climate change with the help of Climate Cycle, a Chicago-based non-profit that has previously funded solar panels and a greenhouse project at our campus. Teacher Dan King and representatives Renay Harris, Heru Farrakhan, and Jacarri Relf from his 8th grade class were interviewed regarding their current indoor greenhouse projects. Read the full article on ABC's local news website.