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CCA Academy


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February 2014

Get Ready for CCA Academy’s 20th Annual Benefit Join us as we celebrate 20 years of gathering to support the students and families of CCA Academy! Our 20th Annual Benefit will be held on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at The South Shore Cultural Center the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. CCA Academy is very excited about moving this event from downtown to this historic and lovely landmark! The South Shore Cultural Center (formerly the South Shore Country Club) sits on 65 acres of land along Lake Michigan. You will dine on scrumptious cuisine from Washburne Culinary Institute while enjoying views of the grounds through the floorto-ceiling windows surrounding the dining room. There will be a silent auction with a wide range of items at every price point. Auction items include sports memorabilia, hotel stays, jewelry, gift baskets, and gift certificates to restaurants. There will also be three raffles: a cash raffle—3 tickets for $25, an iPad raffle—$20 per ticket, and a Patrick Kane jersey raffle—$20 per ticket.

Bring Your $20s for the 20th!

Your $20 for the 20th can win you an awesome prize. 1. Pick your lucky card from the deck to win a 16GB iPad Mini with wifi and cellular capability. Only 52 tickets will be sold for the iPad, and will only be sold on site! 2. A Chicago Blackhawks jersey autographed by the 2013 Stanley Cup MVP Patrick Kane can be yours! If you can’t make it to the event, you can purchase a ticket online. Tickets will be sold throughout the event. Each raffle ticket costs $20!

The Top 10 Reasons to Attend CCA Academy’s 20th Annual Benefit 1.

Here’s how you can support the 20th Annual Benefit:

Purchase an event ticket for $100 by calling CCA at 773762-2272 or by visiting


Purchase an event ticket for a current or past student


Donate an item for the silent auction

Purchase raffle tickets

Make a donation if you cannot attend


We hope to see you on March 2nd!


The Annual Benefit supports the bright and tenacious students at CCA Academy! The macaroni and cheese. Trust us. It is amazing! You can win fabulous auction prizes like Disney World Park Hopper Passes! You’ll have the chance to check out Brenda Whitenack’s Florida tan. The moment when Paula Gleason Risk calls your name to win the $500 raffle prize!


The chance to win six months of Dorothy Houlihan’s D’Lish cupcakes! 7. Getting a hug and a smile from Dr. Sampson when you walk in the door! 8. You can check out Curt Most’s sales pitch as he tries to sell you a raffle ticket for an iPad. 9. CCA Academy students will be selling handmade soaps! 10. There’s no reason NOT to attend!

What’s new at CCA? Meet CCA Academy’s New Principal After 35 years Dr. Myra Sampson has stepped down as CCA Academy’s principal. Dr. Sampson is now the Chief Education Officer for both CCA Academy and CSW Career Academy, CCA’s sister school. In her new role, she focuses on developing both Dr, Myra Sampson agencies and provides oversight of the educational programs. CCA Academy’s new principal is Ms. Dionne Morris. Ms. Morris holds a BS in History from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, a MEd in Administration and Supervision from DePaul University, Ms. Dionne Morris and an MA in Reading Education from Saint Xavier University. She is a doctoral candidate for the educational leadership degree at Nova Southeastern University. Prior to becoming principal of CCA Academy, Ms. Morris served as the director of specialized services for Youth Connection Charter School (YCCS).

City Conveys Land to CCA Academy The City of Chicago officially conveyed four vacant lots to CCA Academy. Two of the lots are being transformed into gardens. The other two lots along with two other CCA-owned lots will be converted into an environmentally friendly parking lot. Parking is an issue at CCA due to there being three schools in close proximity to each other. There are over 40 employees at both CCA Academy and CSW Career Academy, yet there are only 10 parking spaces. An architect has been engaged to develop the design of the parking lot. The parking lot will be built using bioswale. Bioswale is a stormwater filtration system designed with naBioswale tive plants to remove pollutants from runoff water. The water is cleaned before it goes into the sewer thereby improving water quality. Once completed, the parking lot will have 30 spaces. The lot will also be used for community events such as a farmer’s market.

Sketch of Parking Lot

See How Our Gardens CCA Academy has completed the transformation of the first City-conveyed lot. The garden contains an accessible path, a Learning Circle where teachers can hold classes, two topiaries, and a pond in the garden where the school turtles, Bob and Shelly, can go out and get some sun. CCA's focus has now turned to the completion of the second garden. An old railroad car was purchased to be used as a shed. A 12ft x 25ft greenhouse is being built on the second lot by CCA students as part of their applied learning classes. On November 7, 2013, ten employees from Forsythe Technology volunteered at CCA Academy to help develop the second garden. The volunteer group was organized by Dave Mazza who is a senior business analyst at Forsythe Technology. The volunteers assisted with building the frame of the greenhouse and built benches for the Learning Circle. These model benches will also be used as a prototype in the greenhouse to layer plants.

The first completed garden

Employees from Forsythe Technology

Students work on building the greenhouse

Students install the frame of the greenhouse

CCA student meets usda administrator CCA Academy Senior Antichae Marshall had the opportunity to meet Audrey Rowe, the Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Antichae Antichae Marshall was selected to attend the event at Chicago State University because she participated in the summer work program and because of her dedication to the urban agriculture program. During their conversation, Antichae made the mistake of telling Ms. Rowe that she didn't eat many vegetables. Because of her response, Ms. Rowe challenged Antichae to create a recipe for kale chips.

years old. I could smell a delicious aroma coming from the kitchen, so I peeked in. My grandma looked down at me and smiled and asked if I wanted to help. I smiled, and nodded yes. She pulled up a stool and told me to finish cleaning the collard greens. She was surprised that she only had to show me how to do it once! What or who got you interested in cooking/working with food? My grandma is the reason why cooking became one of my favorite hobbies. We used to cook all types of soul food, and she also loved to bake. Her favorite desert to bake was pineapple upside down cake. I tried and tried to get mine to taste as good as hers, but it didn't work out in my favor. My mom always wants something quick to eat like rice and salisbury steak, which I do not have a problem with making them because they are quick and easy.

Do you believe that your work touches others? If so, how? Over the summer and even now I have and still am accomAntichae was asked to answer some questions to potenplishing goals that used to seem impossible like going to tially be profiled in a book of young, exceptional cooks who school and having an after school job. I think the type of job have a great story to tell. Although she was not selected for I have improves our community. We grow vegetables and the final book due to age restrictions, we wanted to share try to encourage students to incorporate those vegetables with you some of her responses. into their daily diets. I like my job because it encourages me to try new things and helps me stay positive. There are many obstacles in life, and giving up does not help you How old were you when you started cooking/working move forward. with food? My first time working with food was when I was around 10

Urban agriculture program continues to expand

Zachary Greenwood with Watercress and Tomatoes grown in CCA’s garden

CCA’s Urban Agriculture program has continued to provide students with a rich education. The Urban Agriculture/Aquaponics classes are now team taught with an instructor from CSW Career Academy and includes CSW Career students. With the expansion of the school gardens, students have more opportunities to apply theory to real-life projects.

In the Integrated Science class, students conducted an acid rain experiment to determine if seeds would germinate in an acidic environment. Students tested their hypothesis by attempting to germinate Mung beans in solutions with different acidic levels. Kenswuna Collins & Edward Castey conduct an acid rain experiment

Through a partnership with the Goat Guardian Guild, several goats visited CCA Academy to graze in the urban gardens at the end of the summer. In keeping with CCA's theme of sustainability, the goats cleared out the remaining produce in the garden before the cold hit. CCA Academy and CSW Career Academy students and staff had an Dekarie Johnson & Demone Boyd feed opportunity to feed and play with the the goats goats. Some students had the opportunity to milk the goats when they visited the Goat Guardian Guild every Monday during the summer.

Good Seeds Great Deeds

CCA Students Featured on Radio Commercials

CCA students have been hard at work formulating organic soaps that cleanse and pamper the skin! The soaps are made using organic ingredients such as glycerin, goat’s milk, oatmeal, and CCA Senior Curtis Maynor shea butter, and will be sold at the Annual Benefit. Before makMakes Soap ing the soaps, the students learned about the chemical process for creating soap and the two ingredients needed for saponification. Saponification is what makes soap lather. The students also experimented with various essential oils, nuts, seeds, grains and natural colorants like annatto seed. Spring Morning, made with mint and basil grown at CCA Academy, will perk up your senses. Grandma’s Rose Garden, a blend of real rose peals and sandalwood, will remind you of freshly cut roses. Other scents such as Lavender Haze and Sunrise will be available. Each 5oz bar of soap costs $6 or you can purchase 4 bars for $20.

For more information about CCA Academy contact:

Dr. Myra Sampson, Chief Education Officer CCA Academy 1231 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois 60623 Tel: (773)762-2272 Fax: (773)762-4794

Jasmine Johnson, Michael Hunter, and Keema Swain with Keith Erquhart of Clear Channel Radio

CCA Students Michael Hunter, Jasmine Johnson, and Keema Swain visited Clear Channel studios to record radio spots for Black History Month. In each 60-second commercial, the students spoke about what Black History means to them.

Michael spoke of the contributions of black inventors including Lonnie Johnson who invented the Super Soaker water gun. Jasmine highlighted the impact Eunice Johnson had on the fashion industry while Keema spoke about Rosa Parks and how her courageous act gives her strength to face any obstacles. Before recording their commercials, the students had the opportunity to tour the studios and learn more about careers in radio. The commercials will air on 107.5FM-WGCI and 102.7FMWVAZ during the month of February.

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