CME Group Foundation is Honored by Christopher House

Christopher House Chicago is a family of schools that help low-income, at-risk families succeed in school, the workplace and life. Their goal is to close the opportunity gap through a continuum of personalized education with immersive family support, starting at birth.

Recently, Christopher House hosted their 28th Annual Benefit, their largest fundraiser of the year. The event featured a performance by the Christopher House Elementary School Choir, a live and silent auction, dinner, and a presentation to honor organizations and individuals who exemplify Christopher House values. This was also the 28th year they gave out the Corporate Citizenship Award and CME Group Foundation was pleased to receive this award.

"The Corporate Citizenship Award is awarded in recognition of a long track record of giving back to the community and constant championing for the education and success of all Chicago children," explained Penne Silverman of Christopher House.

"We seek an organization that has given leadership and resources to many organizations in Chicago, not just Christopher House."

Kassie Davis of the CME Group Foundation added, "CME Group Foundation was honored to receive this award from Christopher House, one of the highest quality and innovative early learning center networks in the city. Christopher House has been on the cutting edge of developing family engagement in early math."

The Foundation began investing in early math in 2010 because research showed that the ability to do math at grade level in third grade is the most important predictor of future academic success. Since 2013, the CME Group Foundation has invested more than $500,000 into Christopher House and their mission.

"As part of the Foundation Early Math Education Initiative, this support has helped close the opportunity gap for at-risk children through teacher professional development, and educating parents on how to build math skills at home," said Kassie.

For more information on early math initiatives and other CME Group Foundation focus areas and grantees, you can visit their newly updated website here.

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