Julian speaking

‘A great legacy for the students at this school to uphold’

The following is a transcription of the remarks Faith Julian made at the dedication ceremony for the BASE Camp mural in honor of her father, Dr. Percy Julian. A video of her speech is below. I’m so happy to be here. You have no idea. I spent four months in the hospital and rehab. My […]

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Rain, Robots & Babies

Julian VEX Robotics’ competitive coach Kevin Berger shared his notes on a recent rainy Saturday morning practice. The rainy Saturday morning delayed the coaches’ arrival until 8:55, so we were delighted to be met by a crowd of eager engineers huddled under the overhang trying to protect themselves from the inclement weather that billeted their […]

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girl reading poem

Snaps for Spoken Word

  Our Spoken Word residencies are off to a great start. Our new spoken word artist, Christian Robinson, worked with more than 100 7th graders from Ms. Nefret Stringham’s Language Arts classes last week at Brooks Middle School. The 5-day residencies are planned to coincide with the students’ poetry unit and given them exposure to […]

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‘Respect the Mic’ event honors middle school student voice

Fifteen Oak Park middle schoolers shared their intimate and humorous perspectives on a range of subjects– school, friends, relationships, rejection, adult authority, political upheaval and gun violence–in a moving night of poetry performances for the culmination of OPEF’s Spoken Word program.  Families, teachers, and supporters packed the performance space for the 2nd Annual “Respect the Mic” Poetry Slam […]

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