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Aerial view of the Alain Locke gymnasium for the 2019 Pre-Kwanzaa Program

Photos from the 2019 Pre-Kwanzaa Program

Alain Locke hosted our annual Pre-Kwanzaa Program on Wednesday, and this year’s program made for a particularly spectacular day with an incredible turnout. The day featured a number of tremendous performances in which Alain Locke students of all grade levels depicted the seven principles of Kwanzaa through skits, songs, music and dance. Are you familiar …

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Students Put on Annual Holiday Music Performance at SWC Technology Office

With the holiday season now upon us, Alain Locke Charter School students have been busy showing off their holiday spirit. Alain Locke students visited our friends at SWC Technology Partners at their Oak Brook office on Friday to put on their annual holiday music performance. Students also enjoyed a great lunch that was provided by …

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Alain Locke alumnus Taylor K. Shaw sits for an interview

Alumni Focus: Taylor K. Shaw, Founder and CEO of Black Women Animate

For the final installment of our Alumni Focus series, we chatted with Taylor K. Shaw, a very familiar face here at Alain Locke Charter School. Despite being in her 20s, Taylor is already making major strides in her ambitious career. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2016, she went on to produce video shorts for …

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Alain Locke alumnus Amber Cooper

Alumni Focus: Amber Cooper, Student at Howard University

This month’s Alumni Focus profile features Amber Cooper, a student at Howard University. Growing up, Amber attended Alain Locke Charter School with her elder cousin, as well as two aunts, who she says provided a positive influence for her regarding her schoolwork. As the eldest of four children in her immediate family, Amber says she …

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Chicago photographer Sandra Steinbrecher stands before her work, "Frontline, March for Our Lives, Chicago"

Sandra Steinbrecher Photograph on Display at Smithsonian Exhibition

A powerful photograph by Chicago-based Sandra Steinbrecher—a friend and collaborator of Alain Locke Charter School—is now on display at the world-renowned Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Steinbrecher’s photo, “Frontline, March for Our Lives, Chicago,” was one of just 46 entries selected among 2,600 submissions for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s triennial Outwin Boochever …

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Group sits at table in gymnasium during Family Math Night

Alain Locke Hosts First-Ever Family Math Night

Alain Locke Charter School hosted its very first Family Math Night last week for fifth- through eight-graders and their families. Attendees learned a variety of math games—which they are encouraged to play at home—and enjoyed some DELICIOUS Lou Malnati’s pizza as well. The event came just one week after the annual Family Literacy Night. Big …

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200 in Attendance for Annual Family Literacy Night

More than 200 students and family members were in attendance for the annual Alain Locke Family Literacy Night last week. The event, which was themed “Reading Gives You Superpowers,” included visits from some of our favorite “superheroes,” reading activities and crafts with teachers, and dinner. The event was open to all Alain Locke pre-K through …

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Students gather around computer at 2019 High School Fair

Another Amazing High School Fair at Alain Locke

Alain Locke Charter School hosted yet another outstanding High School Fair last week, which included visits from nearly 30 high schools from across Chicago. The annual High School Fair gave fifth- through eighth-grade students the opportunity to explore options for the next steps of their education after Alain Locke. Representatives from 28 high schools in …

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