Jennifer Hudson Making Back-to-School Robocalls

The singer is one of many local celebrities to record calls to CPS students

By Dominic Trombino
|  Friday, Aug 12, 2011  |  Updated 3:00 PM CDT
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Hometown singing star Jennifer Hudson is taking no breaks when it comes to Chicago gigs.

Hot on the heels of performing at President Obama's 50th birthday bash last week and at a memorial show for the late Delois Barrett Campbell, Hudson's next local concert is a private one for Chicago Public School students.

Hudson recorded robocalls that will go out to 285,000 students starting next week, reminding them that school starts Sept. 6, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

Hudson knows all about keeping up attendance at Chicago Public Schools, having graduated Dunbar High School in 1999.

Hudson is just one of the many Chicago celebrities to be making calls. Others include A.J. Pierzynski and Ozzie Guillen of the Chicago White Sox, Kerry Wood of the Cubs, Patrick Sharp of the Blackhawks, Isreal Idonije of the Bears, Marco Papp of the Chicago Fire, and hip-hop artist Common.

First-day attendance in year-round Chicago schools on Aug. 8 first day hit 88.1 percent, surpassing last year's 86.8 percent. CPS said that it was the highest attendance for year-round schools since it started recording attendance figures with the new tracking system.

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