Breathe In, breathe out
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Last week I had lunch with a principal from another charter school.  I was about to tear into my meal with all of the frenzied speed and lack of manners that is my habit when she stopped me.

Exceeding Expectations
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Every summer NLCP's teachers enjoy a six-week break from their classrooms. Jason Patterson, gave up one of those treasured weeks to participate in Northwestern’s AP Summer Institute.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles...?
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What involves over 220 people taking 35 plane trips, 40 bus and nearly 100 automobile trips all over North America?  The world’s largest family reunion?  A celebrity wedding of a Hollywood diva?  No, the answer is much closer to home.  NLCP’s PHOENIX RISING program is the answer.

Alumni BBQ A Smashing Success
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On August 8, over 125 NLCP Alumni gathered in Douglas Park for NLCP's first ever Alumni BBQ.

Making An Impact
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Dave Sabo worked as a chemical engineer for Amoco Oil Company.  When he retired, he brought his accumulated wisdom to NLCP, to help tutor seniors and guest lecture on “life as an engineer.”

Photo of the Month
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Who is that 6’5” adult surrounded by more than 40 Class of 2015 graduates bedecked in their college gear?

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At the end of the each academic year we ask the typical questions about how well we did. High school graduates?  170 for a total or almost 1600 since our first graduating class back in 2002.  Percentage of graduates going to college?  About 85% as has been our history for 14 years.  College Scholarships?  Over $7 million dollars including nearly 40 seniors receiving Phoenix Pact funds.

Providing Possibilities at Pass It On
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It was a big night on April 23 as NLCP’s annual fundraiser, Pass It On!, took over the Motorola Mobility headquarters in downtown Chicago The Associate Board organized the third annual gala to raise money in support of NLCP's mission of getting students to and through college.  More than 300 people from all walks of life came dressed in college gear to celebrate another graduating senior class.

Students Shine at Colloquium
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One of NLCP’s core values is the idea that having meaningful relationships with adults is the foundation for student growth.  Sometimes those adults are teachers, but sometimes they come to us from outside our walls.  This year, for example, more than 160 volunteers served as Senior Project Advisors to help the Class of 2015 hone and develop their research and presentation skills.

Alumnus Helps Announce Scholarship
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If you attended NLCP, then you heard a familiar message time and time again: Yes, you can defend your senior project!  Yes, you can pass Ms. Childress’ AP Chemistry class! Yes, you can become the first person in your family to go to college!

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