Englewood Back to School Parade pivots to block party in light of July 4th Highland Park shooting

Englewood Back to School Parade pivots to block party in light of July 4th Highland Park shooting

CHICAGO (TOC) — Now 61 years operating, an Englewood neighborhood again to highschool celebrations returned in fashion on Saturday morning.

All the occasion is centered across the youth in hopes of deterring violence in the neighborhood and getting youngsters prepared for the brand new faculty 12 months.

:29/Linda Black/occasion volunteer

“We honor the youth, we glance to the youth and we attempt to assist to inspire their life,” mentioned occasion volunteer Linda Black. “This occasion actually helps them perceive how necessary they’re.”

The annual occasion known as the Englewood Again to Faculty Parade however organizers turned it right into a block celebration in gentle of the July 4th Highland Park Capturing.

“First I used to be nervous however then as soon as I used to be with my group and we practiced, I felt extra at residence after I noticed all people cheering me on so I felt good about it,” mentioned Rucayah Allwood, a senior at Englewood STEM Excessive Faculty.

The again to highschool occasion is one thing folks in Englewood sit up for yearly due to all of the enjoyable and pleasure and unity it brings to the group.

Faculty provides, computer systems and backpacks are all donated to the youngsters and there are a selection of distributors who present essential sources for households who want it most.

“Every group normally has builders in it, which Englewood has a number of builders. And that is what it takes,” mentioned occasion director Sandra Streeter.

Residents say it is a refreshing highlight on their group.

1:09/Rashanah Baldwin/lifelong englewood resident

“We’re not dodging bullets. We’re not operating away from the violence,” mentioned Rashana Baldwin, a lifelong Englewood resident. “We all know that our group has its personal challenges, however we rise to the event to point out that there is good in our neighborhood.”

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