Senator Kimberly A. Lightford partnered with the Black Star Project to sponsor a free education program for children. The Kimberly A. Lightford Saturday University was launched on September 1 with over 200 students, parents and guests at the grand opening ceremony. This free community-based program provides opportunities for students, parent and community agencies to take control of children’s education.

The 12-week Saturday University features math, reading and writing courses taught by instructors who fully engage each student as an active learner. It is supplemental education designed to boost children’s academic success and to raise the community’s academic expectations and performance.

To date, the University has over 90 students registered with a waiting list. Due to the overwhelming success, the University will extend its fall semester an additional two weeks.

Plans are underway for a spring semester. Any parents interested in having their child enrolled may contact Senator Lightford’s office for additional information.

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Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford

Born May 10, 1968, in Chicago; B.A., public communications & human relations, Western Illinois University; Master's in public administration, University of Illinois at Springfield. Village of Maywood Trustee 1997-2003; State Government Employee - IL Secretary of State, IL Department of Corrections, IL Central Management Services. Resides in Maywood with her family.


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