How CPS kids are keeping busy during the strike | Strike intern photos

With Chicago Public Schools students out of the classroom during the strike, we decided to hire a couple of "strike interns" to come to the office, learn about the publishing business, and give us their perspective on the ongoing debate. Shiri Gross, a sophomore at Whitney M. Young Magnet School, came to us with the awesome idea of documenting all the different ways CPS students were spending their time with a photo essay. We put her right to work.

As part of my Time Out Chicago Kids strike internship, I created a photo essay showing how CPS students spent their time this week during the teachers strike. Over the course of 24 hours, I took pictures of students all over the North Side of the city. Whether it was practicing football, attending strike day camps or "schools" that their parents had set up, I found that most students found effective ways to spend their free time.

Many of my peers are disoriented by the strike and hope to get back to school as soon as possible. They told me they want to get on with their education, sports seasons and rehearsals. They are worried about the strike affecting their summer plans, as well as testing for college or high school admissions. Many support the teachers, with some even visiting the picket lines. But we all want life to go back to normal. 

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