As the Chicago Public Schools teachers’ strike moves into its second week, the stomachs and wallets of city teachers get emptier and emptier. A labor strike is not unlike a siege. There are troops to feed and refresh. Spirits to raise.

Thankfully, reinforcements have come from far and wide, including Oak Park. This week, Sheila Hardin, the president of Oak Park and River Forest High School’s Faculty Senate (the local union for District 200 teachers), confirmed that OPRF teachers have donated food to the Chicago Teachers Union. 

She said that OPRF teachers like English teacher Paul Noble were instrumental in organizing donations and dropping off food. 

Hardin added said the Faculty Senate also made a $500 donation and a short public statement supporting CTU that Oak Park teachers could post on social media. 

 Michael Romain 

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