River Forest may be far removed from the disasters and tragedies that befall other parts of the world. But that distance apparently hasn't diminished many young people's capacity for empathy. Throughout River Forest the last week, students were busy raising money to assist with the relief efforts in the wake of the Dec. 26 South East Asia tsunami.
If the United States military hadn't ordered Dorthea Eaton to stay home while her husband shipped out to South Korea in 1977, she wouldn't have been eating cake and pudding with the after-nap crowd at Oak Park & River Forest Day Nursery last Wednesday afternoon.
On the website of the public schools in Zion, Ill. is a manifesto from Constance Collins, the district's superintendent. It is both an in-your-face challenge to anyone with a bad attitude and an unfailingly optimistic take on the potential of kids, families and schools to change lives.
Curtis Briscoe, the 12 year old Percy Julian Middle School student reported missing last Thursday morning, was found unharmed that evening on the South Side of Chicago, more than 10 hours after he was dropped off at the school.
With two of three long-time deputy chiefs now gone to retirement, Oak Park has retained a national head hunting firm to identify qualified candidates to replenish police department leadership, Chief Rick Tanksley said Monday.
In Constance "Connie" Collins, District 97 has found an administrator who has dealt with many of the issues Oak Park schools have faced in recent years: school improvement, discipline and budget cut-backs.
Sharon Patchak-Layman's vote to "abstain" on the selection of the district's new superintendent because the search "left a gap in [her knowledge]" confused and saddened some of her fellow board members.