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Morning Scramble

Morning Scramble

It is 7:30 a.m.

Nikeal McCoy, a sixth-grader at St. Malachy School on Chicago’s West Side, is ready and waiting inside his family’s car, parked out back. His mother and two younger siblings are still inside, frantically finishing up their morning routine before heading out the door.

The scene unfolding at the McCoy’s North Lawndale home happens in households across the city. Teachers say the closing and relocation of 50 Chicago public schools will make getting to school more difficult. This change is forcing teachers and parents to think about how home life can affect school life.

Nikkitta McCoy, a single mother of four, starts her day at 5 a.m. The next three hours are spent keeping her four children on track, so they can leave the house in time for school.  

Story and photos published in Austin Weekly News, September, 2013

 

 

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