Lightford050918 2SPRINGFIELD – A proposal from Illinois Senate Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) would implement a pilot program to make parenting courses part of the health education curriculum for high school students.

“Parenting education gives young adults a realistic overview of what life is like when you are responsible for another human being,” Lightford said. “It also gives them skills that will hold value in adulthood.”

House Bill 4442 requires the State Board of Education to administer a three-year pilot program providing support to school districts that utilize a unit of instruction on parenting education.

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Lightford050918SPRINGFIELD – Thousands of K-12 students are arrested in Illinois schools every year for minor offenses such as drawing on desks, not participating in class, walking past a fight or having a tantrum caused by separation anxiety or depression.

Assistant Illinois Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) is working to reverse this trend by proposing legislation to create grant funding for schools to implement evidence-based alternatives to law enforcement involvement for in-school offenses.

“Our children are facing awful lifelong consequences due to the overuse of arrests as in-school disciplinary measures,” Lightford said. “We cannot continue to let children suffer when there are methods available that not only help them deal with their behavioral issues, but increase their academic achievement as well.”

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The Smart Energy Hubs at ComEd (Chicago & Rockford) – Transportation is NOT provided.
ComEd offers field trips to two interactive education centers, located within view of its area training centers. It is open to grades K-12, participants learn about the history and science of electricity, how energy relates to their daily lives, ways to save energy and better manage of their energy use, and the benefits of the Smart Grid. Each field trip is 90 minutes long. To book the fieldtrip you can do it through the link:!tab=tab214
Super Savers
ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas have partnered to offer schools the opportunity to teach students and their families how to use less energy at home. Teachers will receive FREE energy efficiency curriculum and resources. Students will receive a free take-home kit that includes energy-saving products to install at home that result in electricity, natural gas and water savings. This information will allow the students to share money- and energy-saving tips with their families. To Enroll in the Super Saver you can go to:

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The Exelon African-American Resource Alliance (EAARA) - Chicago Chapter has made a scholarship opportunity available.  EAARA is accepting applications for the 2018 Frank M. Clark/John T. Hooker Scholarship! They will award twenty-seven scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to support students who are currently attending or plan to attend a 2-year or 4-year college or university in the Fall of 2018.  
Eligibility requirements:
•    African-American currently residing in ComEd’s Illinois service territory
•    Attends or plans to enroll in a 2-year or 4-year accredited college or university
•    Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Application packages are due on or before midnight CST on June 3, 2018. Click the application link below and submit all materials per the instructions to insure your submission receives full consideration. Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be considered.
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