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Chicago: Tell us how your school community is finding joy this fall

Students sit against a wall in a class.

With the school year underway, Chalkbeat wants to share some of the inspiring moments and innovative lessons inside the classrooms.

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The past few years have been tough on schools. Students, staff, and families have been mentally and emotionally pushed to their limits. Chalkbeat is committed to covering the ways schools respond to the added grief, worry, and disruption of the pandemic. 

But we also know school can be a place of great joy. Quintessential school experiences such as homecoming, prom, theater productions, sports, and graduation ceremonies are back. Teachers and school staff are finding innovative ways to re-engage students in the classroom. And we could all use a little good news. 

Are your students making a music video to an original song you wrote? Or maybe you built a Spanish lesson using sidewalk chalk

If your school is planning something that sparks joy — a hands-on project, a student-run community service event, a dance-off between teachers and students — we’d like to know about it. If you’re a student, do you have anything special in the works? Chalkbeat Chicago wants to share these inspiring moments and innovative lessons. 

Please fill out this form no later than Nov. 1 so we can learn more about things happening at your schools. Let us know in advance so we can make plans to capture the moment.

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