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Westcott Elementary is going for the "Gold" 

Students Ecstatic Over Chance The Rapper's Visit And $1 Million Gift

AUBURN GRESHAM — Chance the Rapper, the 2017 Grammy Award winning Chicago-born artist, has set the bar high for what other entertainers should be doing for Chicago Public Schools, one student said.

“I thought it was beyond exciting because so many other rappers make millions and [haven’t done] anything, and [Chance] could’ve done the same,” said 13-year-old eighth grader DeShaun Maxwell.

Chance surprised students at Westcott Elementary, 409 W. 80th St., Monday with an unexpected announcement. He presented a check of $1 million to CPS for arts education. Chance said he also would give $10,000 directly to Westcott Elementary

“This came from ticket sales, from the fans,” said Chance, who attended CPS schools when he was known as Chancelor Bennett.

He said he was doing this because “it’s the right thing to do.”


Auburn Gresham GOLD First Family Game Night

October 30, 2014

Auburn Gresham GOLD (AG GOLD) held their first Family Game Night at Oliver Westcott Elementary School, 409 W. 80th Street, Thursday evening October 30, 2014. Students came out with their parents for a night of games, food and community fun. As Westcott Principal, Monique Dockery was in attendance along with her staff and administration, Westcott’s first game night was a huge success.

This game night not only gave Westcott an opportunity to come together as a community but also allowed Auburn Gresham GOLD to introduce their new parent resources room inside the school. Stay tuned for look the updated slideshow from this exciting inaugural two generation event!

Westcott Auburn Gresham GOLD Family Game Night!

Auburn Gresham GOLD was proud to announce the job training program they plan to offer to parents this year. CVS and Auburn Gresham GOLD are teaming up to provide parents with free job training to become certified Pharmacy Technicians and encourage parents in their journeys in obtaining new and solid career paths.

“The CVS Health vision is to be a cutting-edge leader in diverse employment, training and education programs.”

As this training program is new to Westcott School, Auburn Gresham GOLD also got a chance to get to know parents, students and staff of Westcott and casually talk to them about the program. The Wii was provided along with board games like, Chutes and Ladders, Monopoly, Apples to Apples, Bingo, Uno and more for the families. Food and beverages were provided and Affy Tapple treats to start the Halloween weekend.

Parents were also encouraged to speak briefly on their future goals to influence the young people in the room that no matter how many obstacles one may cross, we should never have to give up on our goals in life. The first family game night was a huge success and parents seemed more than enthused about the program.

By: Jazmyne Walker, Parent Engagement Coodinator