For CHA kids, it’s “Back to School” at Brookfield Zoo for sixth year in a row


400 CHA students between 5-12 participate in Back to School summer finale; will receive backpacks, supplies

WHAT: CHA “Back to School” event

WHERE: Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W 31st St, Brookfield, IL

(Swan Pavilion)

WHEN: 11:15 a.m., TODAY, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

DETAILS: 400 CHA students to tour Brookfield Zoo;

special Animal Encounters event in Swan

Pavilion planned for kids upon arrival.

CHICAGO – (RealEstateRama) — Students from the Chicago Housing Authority will enjoy one final summer extravaganza before getting back to work, courtesy of Brookfield Zoo and Pangea Real Estate.

Chicago Housing Authority - CHA

Some 400 CHA kids between the ages of five and 12 will participate in a “Back to School” event starting at 11:15 a.m., TODAY, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at Brookfield Zoo (Swan Pavilion).

Afterwards, the kids will spend the day visiting zoo exhibits (including the Seven Seas Dolphin Arena) and eating lunch. Students will receive backpacks and school supplies courtesy of Pangea.

There will be volunteers from Pangea and CHA.

Office of Communications – Chicago Housing Authority
Molly Sullivan: (312) 786-3344; msullivan (at) thecha (dot) org
Matthew Aguilar: (312) 935-2646; maguilar (at) thecha (dot) org


The Chicago Housing Authority provides homes to more than 50,000 families and individuals, while supporting healthy communities in neighborhoods throughout the city. CHA has utilized the flexibility of the Moving To Work agreement to test innovative, locally-designed strategies that use federal dollars to more efficiently help residents become self-sufficient and to increase housing choices for low-income families. As a result, CHA families are more successful than ever before. In 2000, 15% of work-eligible heads-of-household were employed. Now more than 58% are employed. Also, the annual income of employed heads-of-household has doubled to more than $19,000 a year.

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