The girl scouts of Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park got together last night to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the scouts. They formed a friendship circle, heard reflections about the 100th anniversary and recited the girl scout promise.
For the second consecutive year, District 97 took first place at the West 40 Speech and Drama Festival, which was held at Elmwood Park High School on Saturday, March 3. The team, which earned one of the top scores in the competition, was made up of the following students and teachers/coaches from Gwendolyn Brooks and Percy Julian Middle Schools.
The training event for congregational and organizational leaders (recruiters) for the CROP Hunger Walk will take place at First United Church which is located at 848 Lake St. in Oak Park on Sunday, March 18 starting at 3:00 pm. At the rally recruiters will receive resources to promote the walk and training on how to organize and motivate their groups. Call Pat Eichenold at 708-848-5415 for more information.
Imagine celebrating your birthday only once every four years. That's what the little ones born on Feb. 29, 2012 may have to do. Cailtin May Bishop came eight days early, making her a Leap Year baby. Her parents, Jake and Natalie, shared their story while Caitlin May took a nap in the water birth room at Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center. The midwife who delivered Cailtlin May, Cynthia Mason, was also there to share her experience delivering Leap Year babies. Little miss Bishop is one of the seven babies born at Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center on Leap Year day 2012. Congratulations to all the happy families!
One hundred gathered February 21 as Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation invited guests to Celebrate Philanthropic Excellence in the Grand Ballroom of the Carleton Hotel. The gathering honors the 2011 Excellence in Philanthropy Award winners and provides a report to the community on the Foundation’s activities in 2011. The report can be found on line as 2011 Highlights at here.
This past weekend, senior Matt Garelli (Elmhurst) became Fenwick's first two-time individual IHSA wrestling state champion. Matt won the state championship for the second consecutive year with a double-overtime win over Kevon Powell from Montini. Matt also is the first undefeated wrestler in Fenwick history with a 23-0 record.
The Oak Park Writers Group (OPWG) has launched its Second Annual High School Creative Prose and Poetry Competition for students enrolled at Trinity, Fenwick, or Oak Park River Forest high schools. Entries must be the original work of the students and not previously published in professional media. Judges are writers from the community. Judging will be done on two levels, freshmen and sophomores, and juniors and seniors. No entry fee is required.
Oak Park’s Ascension School’s Lenten Project will collect money this year for the Noel Orphanage in Gisenyi, Rwanda. Eighth-grade language arts teacher Katrina Vainisi has visited the orphanage twice. She was inspired to visit after teaching the Illinois state-mandated 8th grade curriculum on genocide for many years. Part of that curriculum included the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, one hundred days in which 800,000 people were murdered—mostly by their own neighbors—in violence between two ethnic groups, the Hutu and the Tutsi.
The Oak Park Education Foundation's exciting roster of summer B.A.S.E. Camp classes for students entering grades 1-9 is now available for registration at www.opef.org/basecamp/register/. B.A.S.E. Camp (Build A Summer Education) filled up fast last summer, so register soon!