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Good News: March 9, 2018

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

How community gardens and block associations help stem urban violence
Curbed Chicago
Frustrated by the violence in the surrounding neighborhood, neighbors reclaimed an empty space left by a demolished building, laying down stone paths and sowing flower and vegetable seeds for the South Merrill Community Garden on Chicago’s South Side. The community garden now offers activities for kids on Saturdays. 

For kids with developmental differences, a one-stop resource fair
Chicago Tribune
Neighborhood Parents Network, a Chicago nonprofit founded in 1980 to connect families with the resources they need to raise kids, has made supporting families with developmental differences one of its pillars. Its Developmental Differences Resource Fair brings together service providers for kids who live with a range of developmental differences and their parents. 

9 Inspiring Women to Celebrate on International Women’s Day (and Every Day!)
Make it Better
For International Women’s Day, a list of women in politics, journalism, Hollywood, and sports to to celebrate the many achievements of women and to promote gender equality around the world.

Residents continue to brainstorm plan to improve education
About a dozen West Side residents, teachers and others concerned about education in Austin gathered Tuesday night to continue work on a five-year improvement plan. Members of Austin Coming Together are changing the narrative with plans to incorporate programs that expose students to a variety of professions that will get them excited about their education.