A Message from Your Superintendent
Happy holidays from the District 57 Administration office! As we approach winter break, I'd like to tell you how impressed I have been with the generous and giving spirit of the students, staff and families of our schools. For the past few weeks, they have been participating in projects to help those in need. These efforts are valuable learning experiences for the students, as they become more aware of the needs of the community around them. They are learning that good things result when you work to help others. Here are just some examples of the activities that have taken place at the schools during the holiday season:
· Fairview, Lions Park and Westbrook families purchased hundreds of gifts for school families in need. At Fairview, peer mediators and Student Council officers helped assemble a Giving Tree that was placed in the foyer to promote the program.
· Lions Park students donated more than 400 unwrapped toys and hand delivered them to members of the Mount Prospect Fire Department at school last week.
· Lincoln Student Council sponsored a food drive in partnership with the Fire Department, collecting more than 2,300 non-perishable items. Students helped load the food onto fire trucks right before Thanksgiving.
· Fairview's Global Team, which is made up of teachers, planned a food drive that took place during the winter concerts. The team distributed bags that families filled with non-perishable items. Fifth graders helped pack up the donations, which filled three vans.
· Lions Park Student Council held an ornament sale after its winter concerts and throughout this week, with proceeds used to purchase grocery gift cards for the Mount Prospect Food Pantry. Families and staff donated and shopped for gently used ornaments.
· Westbrook families and staff donated 121 coats and three bags full of hats, gloves and mittens to Mount Prospect's Food Pantry and Financial Assistance Program, which helps area families who are struggling with financial hardship.
· Night of Hoops, a fundraiser for the Wheeling Township Food Pantry, featured the Lincoln vs. South boys basketball games at Prospect High School. Many students and families turned out to watch the games, and the event raised $1,400 for the food pantry.
· The Lincoln Poms Squad made cozy blankets to donate to Lurie Children's Hospital's Blanket Brigade project.
· The Lions Park Chorus performed at Luther Village, bringing a smile to residents' faces.
· Fairview's Make a Difference Club held a gently-used book drive for children in need.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to these projects. District 57 has really made a difference in the community this holiday season, and the students have learned some important lessons along the way. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a restful and fun winter break!
***To see photos of these projects, check out the District's pages on Facebook and Twitter (@dist57).
Dr. Elaine Aumiller, Superintendent of Schools