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Youth Shine at School Safety Summit

Youth provided the emotion at the 3rd Annual Logan Square School Safety Summit which drew more than 250 parents, students, aldermen and principals to plan ways to improve safety around their schools — Ames, Funston, McAuliffe, Mozart, Nixon and Kelvyn Park High School.

Ames student Kevin Mosley had the audience’s attention as he performed his poem:

Nothing Better to Do

Gangbangers sell rocks 2 little kids becuz they have nothing better 2 do.

*They hold their guns 2 the right and throw up gang signs 2 one another becuz they have nothing better 2 do.

*I walk my brother from school and back knowing the favors I'm doing 4 him and the favors he’s doing 4 me- I’m getting exercise while he gets an education.

*Until 1 day gangbangers are shooting back at one another they shoot my little brother in his head.

*I’m crying next 2 his hospital bed… while the moon and the sun pass.

*There’s nothing better 2 do

*Bcuz there’s nothing I can do —————-

——ur friend kevin—-

“It’s so important that parents, students and staff from each school all worked together to develop a safety plan for their own school,” said Nancy Aardema, executive director of LSNA, which has taken a lead role in each summit.

“They came up with strategies such as walking school bus and the parent patrol.”The summit was chaired by Ames Principal Lorraine Cruz.Special guests included State Senator Willie Delgado, State Rep. Luis Arroyo, Aldermen Billy Ocasio, Rey Colón, Ariel Reboyras and Ray Suarez.

Thank you to these aldermen for also supplying lunches!