FORGE at Bateman Elementary
What is FORGE?
Forging Opportunities Rooted in Growth and Engagement is an out-of-school-time program offered by the local nonprofit North River Commission in collaboration with Bateman Elementary. FORGE is free to all registered students and their parents/guardians/caregivers. FORGE provides all programming and materials free to its participants. FORGE is funded by the North River Commission (NRC), including a grant from Illinois State Board of Education Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC).
Jennifer Morado: Bateman School Site Coordinator
Jen is excited to be part of North River Commission and work with a team that supports the community that she lives in. She is a parent of two children attending Bateman. Jennifer grew up on the Northwest Side of Chicago and is a proud Chicago Public Schools product; attending both elementary and high school. Her experience as a CPS student gives her a deep sense of commitment to FORGE’s mission and vision.
Georgia Davos-Vetas: Bateman School Principal
As Principal of Newton Bateman Elementary School, I'm thrilled to be working with wonderful teachers, connecting with supportive parents and leading initiatives to make Bateman a place where every child finds joy in learning and is supported to reach their maximum potential. It is our mission to help every child feel welcomed, connected, and a part of our Bateman family.
Additional FORGE Staff
Justin Nowak, Teacher Liason
Maddie Polovick, FORGE Program Director
Marilyn Carteño, FORGE Parent and Family Programs Manager