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United Flying 50 CPS Students To Nicaragua And Ecuador For Free

By Sam Cholke | June 15, 2017 6:02pm
 United will fly 50 CPS students to Ecuador and Nicaragua for free this summer.
United will fly 50 CPS students to Ecuador and Nicaragua for free this summer.
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KENWOOD — Forty Chicago Public Schools students are headed to Nicaragua Saturday and a total of 50 will make the trip this free over the summer through a scholarship from United.

The trip is part of program that partners kids from four schools in Global Glimpse after-school programming with Boeing and United Airlines who are paying to help send 50 kids in all to either Nicaragua or Ecuador.

The first group of students leaves Saturday for Managua, Nicaragua, where they’ll live in the neighborhoods there for 15 days to learn about the history and culture of the country and help with service projects.

The program is aimed at underserved students in CPS and includes students from Kenwood Academy, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Morgan Park High School and Walter Payton College Prep.

“Over the last five months these students have spent hours after school learning about culture, history and globalization with United and Boeing employees and their teachers to prepare for their departure,” said Sharon Grant, Lindblom Math and Science Academy graduate and vice president of customer contact centers at United. “This partnership will connect students from our community to new cultures, new challenges and new friends, leaving them with a new perspective and better equipped to unite the world.”

The program also sends 16 of their teachers along for the trip.

The first group of students will leave Saturday from O’Hare International Airport, with a second group leaving in July.