CHICAGO (May 16, 2017) – Emerald City Theatre (ECT) has announced the 20 winning schools benefiting from the 2017- 2018 One Fund campaign. ECT's One Fund program is the company's signature outreach initiative, providing a free performance and free companion book to low-income Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students. This program was created to support the improvement of CPS students' reading abilities. Currently only 50% of CPS 3rd graders are reading at grade level.
This year the One Fund will reach 4,000 children with limited access to arts programming throughout the 2017 - 2018 school year. One Fund programming is for schools with 80% or greater low-income populations. 16 of this year's 20 winning schools have low-income populations of 90% or greater. The 20 schools represent 15 neighborhoods across Chicago's North, West, and South Sides.
$150,000 worth of programming and books will be delivered in three ways:
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