While most students are enjoying their holiday break, one group of students is hard at work learning valuable skills and earning some extra cash.
40 kids are taking part in the Auditorium Seating Project, a community organization that hires CPS students to repair dilapidated auditoriums at various schools throughout the district.
The group, made of 20 boys and 20 girls, work from 3:00-8:00 P.M. and are paid $10 per hour to do painting, welding, carpentry and other trades.
The program, established in 2005, helps gives students a sense of responsibility. They spruce up auditoriums, where in some cases graffiti and gang signs once covered the seats and walls.
Each student must have a “C” average and be recommended by the principal. 90% of the students are considered “at-risk” youth, kept busy working and off the streets.
Students are encouraged to open bank accounts and save the money they earned.
The program lasts through the rest of the school year and is so popular, there is currently a wait-list for students.