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
Nikkitta McCoy is a single mom of Nariah, Nekhil and Nolan, living in North Lawndale, a neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago. She drives the 15 minutes to St. Malachy, a catholic elementary school on the west side, with her three youngest in tow every morning.