Imagine being nine years old and your biggest challenge at school
isn’t passing a test or getting your homework done, but simply being
able to see a chalkboard.
Meet Estrella, a 9-year-old nearsighted public elementary student in
North Chicago who is nearsighted and didn’t have access to
As a result, she could barely read her textbooks, much less the
teacher’s notes on the board at the front of the classroom.
Unfortunately, her situation was all too common in her underfunded
The educational challenges in North Chicago are daunting.
The district is ranked among the bottom 10 percent in the state for
student performance and faces debilitating funding problems.
Our partner, North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP), is a nonprofit
organization dedicated to meeting students’ needs, both in and outside
the classroom, so they have a better chance for
NCCP refuses to let kids like Estrella fall through the cracks.
By providing Estrella and other students with much-needed vision and
hearing resources, NCCP is helping change the lives of children
throughout North Chicago.
Today, Estrella – whose grades are much improved – loves going to
school now that she can see better.
NCCP is a nonprofit that supports the North
Chicago school district and community to build better lives for its children.