By Dan McGrath

If you were watching CBS-2 Chicago on Friday, Feb. 16, you may have seen Leo featured on “School Spotlight.”

Journalism instructor Bill Figel made the original contact with Channel 2. Thanks to input from news anchor Jim Williams, who has reported stories from Leo and MC’d our annual Scholarship Benefit, Leo was selected for the program. Reporters and videographers spent the entire day at Leo and recorded 10 “day in the life” segments that embraced the essence of Black History Month and aired on various newscasts.

Principal Shaka Rawls and Community Engagement Coordinator Yolanda Sandifer-Horton worked with teachers, staff and students to coordinate each segment. They included a walking tour of the facilities with Principal Rawls at dawn, coverage of a live, student-produced podcast under the direction of Journalism instructor James Jackson, and Mrs. LaDonna Hill directing the world-renowned Leo Choir.

Principal Rawls also acknowledged the work of ChiGivesBack, a nonprofit that came to Leo on Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 15) to provide painting services and mural creations.

Nearly 200 volunteers from ChiGivesBack and TLOD–Top Ladies of Distinction–spent the day at Leo, cleaning, scraping, painting and enhancing our efforts to make a 98-year-old building look good for its age, while adhering to Dr. King’s directive to be of service to others.