MAYWOOD, IL – Illinois Senate Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D – Maywood) hosted a successful back-to-school celebration at Brookfield Zoo on Sunday, August 21.  The event, part of Senator Lightford’s “Uplift Our Future” youth outreach efforts, highlighted the importance of education.

“The goal of our event is to celebrate that it’s time for school to start again because education is a positive thing, and it opens doors to opportunities in life,” Lightford said.  “We want to impress upon children and their parents the importance of a good education and encourage them to become actively engaged in school.”

This year marks the second year that Senator Lightford has hosted a Back to School Event at Brookfield Zoo. Last year, Lightford handed out hundreds of school supplies and provided lunch for students and families who participated. With the success of last year’s event, Lightford was eager to host the event again.

“We had high turnout, and we had a lot of fun interacting with everyone who came,” Lightford said.  “I think the children and families who participated were appreciative of our efforts.  Any time we can have an event like this is a great opportunity to have a positive impact in our community.”

 

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 MAYWOOD, IL – Illinois Senate Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D – Maywood) announced today that she is hosting a back-to-school celebration at Brookfield Zoo on Sunday, August 21.  The event, part of Senator Lightford’s “Uplift Our Future” youth outreach efforts, will highlight the importance of education.

“The goal of our event is to celebrate that it’s time for school to start again because education is a positive thing, and it opens doors to opportunities in life,” Lightford said.  “We want to impress upon children and their parents the importance of a good education and encourage them to become actively engaged in school.”

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 On Sunday, June 26, Senator Lightford and the 4th District Women's and Gentlemen's Committe hosted its Fourth Annual Grandparents Raising Grandchildren event at Schroeder Park in Broadview, Illinois. Co-Chairs for the event were Mrs. Barbara Lightford and Mrs. Debra Vines. Recognition was given to over 75 grandparents who have exemplified the courage to face the challenges of caring for their grandchildren while striving to keep the family together. In addition to being honored, grandparents were provided a catered dinner by Senator Lightford. Guests included motivational speaker Linette Kitchen and Master of Ceremony Gregory Sain. Performances were given by comedian Reggie Reg and praise dancing by Progressive Innocent of Praise and Children of Light.

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SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Landmark education reform legislation passed by Illinois Senate Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) was signed into law today by Governor Pat Quinn. The bill is targeted at improving student performance by increasing students’ exposure to quality teachers.

“This is a historic day for children and parents in Illinois,” Lightford said. “I’m proud to have been able to keep all of the education stakeholders at the table actively involved in discussions. We put politics and personal agendas aside and put the children first. I look forward to seeing the enormous positive impact this bill will have on millions of students in Illinois.”

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