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CPS Program Provides 'Safe Havens' for Students During Spring Break

By Quinn Ford | April 3, 2014 5:32pm
 The ''Safe Haven'' program runs April 14-18 during CPS' spring break. (File photo)
The ''Safe Haven'' program runs April 14-18 during CPS' spring break. (File photo)
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CHICAGO — Parents with Chicago Public School students will have almost 100 safe locations to send their kids during this year's spring break, officials announced Thursday.

The free spring break ''Safe Haven'' program, which began under former Mayor Richard Daley in 2009, will run from April 14-18.

Almost 100 locations across the city will be open to students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will provide free breakfast and lunch through a partnership with Catholic Charities, according to a release.

"Whether it is after school, during the summer, or during spring break, we are keeping our kids safe, secure and supervised with more of our kids in a church or a community center, instead of outside unsupervised," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement.

Apart from providing students a safe place, the aim of the Safe Haven initiative, a partnership between CPS and the city's faith community, is to prevent bullying and youth violence by running workshops for children.

The City Council approved $1 million to go to funding program which will serve about 10,000 children, according to estimates by city officials.

A complete list of locations can be found here.