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Parents Mark National Recess Week

Parents and students from across Chicago are marking National Recess Week with a rally calling for reinstating recess in all CPS elementary schools.

Sponsored by the parent group POWER-PAC, the rally will take place Friday, September 22 at 11:30 a.m. at Von Humboldt Elementary School, 2620 W. Hirsch.

POWER-PAC has won reinstatement of recess in some schools where it has organized, and at Von Humboldt over 300 parents, teachers and students have signed petitions supporting recess, said organizer Kellie Magnuson. Currently 82 percent of Chicago elementary schools have no recess periods for their students, she said.

“Our kids need recess to be better students,” said POWER-PAC co-chair Nelly Torres, mother of three students at Von Humboldt. “They need time to exercise, socialize and blow off some steam, so when they return to class they are focused and ready to learn.”

September 18-21 was named National Recess Week as part of Cartoon Network’s Rescuing Recess program to restore playtime to the school day. The program has been endorsed by a dozen leading child advocacy groups including the National PTA, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Education Association.

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