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Don’t forget to register your child for preschool

According to one study, more than roughly 4 in 5 low-income children aren’t reading at grade level. In Austin, according to the nonprofit community group Austin Coming Together, more than half of children under the age of five live in poverty.

“These are the children we must reach and while there are many overlapping variables that threaten the success of our children, all of Austin’s children should have access to quality early learning programs,” The organization notes.

That’s why it’s important that parents show up this week for Chicago Public Schools pre-K registration, happening at DePriest Elementary, 139 S. Parkside, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., until Aug. 26.

Parents of children ages 3 and 4 should bring along documents proving your child’s age, your income and your address.

“Fast track registration may be offered to parents who can bring proof of your child’s age address, and family income,” Austin Coming Together notes. For more information, call Marian at 773.417. 8606 or visit

Congressman Danny K. Davis’s annual back-to-school parade

It’s that time again for Congressman Danny K. Davis’s annual back-to-school parade, which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27. Participants will line up on the corner of Bloomingdale Ave. and Central Ave. at 9 a.m. The parade will kick off at 10 a.m.

Ald. Jason Ervin’s 28th Ward back-to-school ‘Extravaganza’

There are more parades residents can look forward to. Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) will host his annual back-to-school Extravaganza on Saturday, Aug. 27. The event’s parade will start at 11 a.m. while the festivities will start at 12 a.m. They’ll take place at Marshall High School Park, 3250 W. Jackson Blvd. For information on how to register and other details call (773) 533-0900.¬†