Having a good time is the lesson for participants at the Back to School Festival hosted by Morgan Park High School (MPHS) on Aug. 26. Students enjoyed a variety of fun activities in preparation for the start of the school year. Sponsors included Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, the Chicago Police Department 22nd District, the Morgan Park High School Alumni Association and Burst into Books. Students also could register for school, check out a job fair, throw at a dunk tank, shoot some hoops and enjoy fitness and dance performances. Vaccinations for COVID-19 were also available. The school year for MPHS and all Chicago Public Schools began on Aug. 30, an earlier start than usual. Classes traditionally have begun on the Tuesday after Labor Day. (Review photos)