Each year the Service-Learning Initiative of Chicago Public Schools organizes curriculum, service project opportunities, and events during March to honor the legacy of the great farmworker organizer, Cesar Chavez.
Teachers utilize hands-on and engaging curricular materials to help students understand the work of Chavez and the farm worker movement and then facilitate a service project in neighborhoods across the city. Service project reflect the work and values of Chavez and include opportunities to support equitable food distribution, the rights of immigrants, environmental justice, childhood literacy, and unions in Chicago.
Following classroom instruction and service projects (60 in total), all students will gather in Little Village on March 24 for a day to honor the legacy of Chavez through reflection, arts-based workshops, and a culminating commemorative peace march through the streets of Little Village to the site where neighborhood moms conducted a hunger strike to get Little Village/North Lawndale High School built.
Governor Pat Quinn hosts a Cesar E. Chavez breakfast on March 30 to draw attention to the work of Chavez and honor the service projects that took place during the month.
Viva la causa....Si se puede!