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Church Goes All Out for School Kids

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It’s back to school next week for Chicago Public Schools students. A Pentecostal church is going all out to get kids in the city’s Humboldt Park neighborhood off on the right foot. We report from our West Side bureau.

New Life Covenant Ministries expects more than 5,000 students for the church’s third annual Hope Fest tomorrow. Senior Pastor Wilfredo De Jesús says his congregation is stepping up big this year.

DE JESUS: The members of the church were able to purchase 500 book bags, with school supplies.

The Chicago district helped buy another 4,500 bags full of supplies. And that’s just the beginning. The church is handing out school uniforms. It’s bringing city health workers for immunizations and physicals. And some 40 barbers will be on hand for haircuts.

De Jesús is not supporting Rev. James Meeks’ call for a student boycott to protest unequal funding of schools.

DE JESUS: We adults should deal with the problems in Springfield, not the children.

The Hope Fest runs 10 to 2 tomorrow in the Humboldt Park boathouse.

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