Latin School of Chicago

Latin School launched a new initiative called the Uptown Partnership in the fall of 2012 that focuses on the needs of Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. The partnership works with local civic leaders, including the 46th Ward alderman, and cultural and community organizations such as schools, shelters, non-profits, soup kitchens, and groups that serve children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. In this work, Latin strives to have a meaningful impact on this neighborhood while also providing students in all three divisions of the school with an in-depth service-learning experience.

The Uptown Partnership grew out of a number of longstanding relationships that were already in place at Latin including the more than 17-year-old middle school partnership with McCutcheon Elementary School and the school’s Martin Luther King Day of Service at Uptown Baptist Soup Kitchen, which Latin families have been involved with for more than a decade. Currently, Latin is partnering with about two-dozen organizations in the neighborhood.

Uptown is one of the most diverse communities in Chicago in terms of culture, race, age, citizenship, artistic heritage, and economic status. Residents have a wide range of needs that students can support. Moreover, the community provides rich educational opportunities that can be integrated into Latin School’s curriculum. The following are just an example of the partnerships at the Latin School of Chicago. For a complete listing please check out the Latin School of Chicago’s Service Learning Booklet

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