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Nettelshort screens Lunch Line movie

For those interested in a school lunch food revolution:

The Nettelhorst Community Group is hosting a movie and discussion on school nutrition on Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7:00 p.m., in the Nettelhorst Auditorium, 3252 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657.
The event will start with a screening of the documentary Lunch Line.  Lunch Line reframes the debate over school nutrition through an examination of the school lunch program’s surprising past, uncertain present, and possible future. Following the 65-minute film we will  discuss the future of nutrition in Chicago Public Schools with the film’s directors and a panel of experts.
The movie will be shown next Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7:00 p.m., in the Nettelhorst Auditorium.
You can get more information on the event and see a trailer from the movie here:
Tickets are $5 online and $7 at the door. They can be purchased here:
For more information email or call (312) 945-6190 for more information.

FYI, Representatives from Chartwells­Thompson Hospitality have agreed to attend the movie screening next week.  Chartwells is the vendor that provides food for all of CPS and Robert Bloomer, the Regional Vice President who handles the CPS contract for the company, will appear on the panel.

From Nettelhorst rep:  The obvious issue to discuss since Chartwells will be at the table is the universal breakfast policy.  We will address it in the panel discussion and include questions from the audience.  But we see that conversation as an extension of the discussion of the film.  We could spend all evening talking about the breakfast policy but our goal is to include it in a larger conversation about the forces that shape what kids eat at school.

February 14, 2011 at 3:49 am 7 comments

Nettelhorst book launch party this Saturday

If you haven’t heard the news yet, there is a new book out about the turn-around of Nettelhorst school.  The story of this school is a bit folkloric among those of us who have been working on improving our neighborhood schools in the past several years.

Even a short 5 years ago, most north side public schools were considered a place where you would never send your child.  Nettelhorst was one that parents didn’t even notice or consider.  However a group of parents took a chance, walked in one day to talk to the principal and thus began an amazing and successful project:  The shift from an undesirable local school to a highly (and I mean HIGHLY) sought after elementary school with a gorgeous building, involved parents, community support and national recognition.

Above all else, this shift gave many other north side parents the incentive to do the same.  The methods devised by Nettelhorst were used by many other schools to “market” themselves to local parents and have helped create a community of thriving, growing schools.   (So all you parents of babies and toddlers need to buy a copy of the book as a “thank you” to the person/principal who started it all!)  I haven’t gotten over to Barbara’s Bookstore yet to buy the book, but I can’t wait to read it.  For anyone who’s witnessed the excitement of parents’ involvement in CPS in the past few years, it’ll be a great read.  To any parents who are trying to grow their neighborhood school, it’ll be an inspiration during those times you are ready to give up and move to the suburbs.

Here are the details of the launch.  Trust me, these people put on kick-ass events (and make sure to wear your flower power garb.)

How to Walk to School’s
Psychedelic Book Launch Party

With the fabulous Go-Go Revelettes &
A proclamation by Governor Pat Quinn

Saturday, September 26, 11am-12 pm
The Lakeview East Festival of the Arts
Aldine & Broadway
Face painting • treats • book signing • Flower Power attire highly encouraged

In case of rain, we’ll be dancing in Nettelhorst’s new auditorium.

Unabridged will be selling books with a special Nettelhorst cover designed by Nettelhorst students both at the launch party, and throughout the fest at the corner of Melrose and Broadway (by the kid’s activities). And get this: Unabridged Bookstore will be giving 50% of the profits of every book sold at the Fest and at their store to the Nettelhorst Community Group!

Enjoy a free Bambino Paciugo Gelato with every purchase! Hope to see you there!

For more information, check out

September 22, 2009 at 10:23 am 1 comment




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