Updates from District 97

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Raising money
The Mann community raised $8,813.55 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in conjunction with the school’s recent Pasta for Pennies fundraiser. Mrs. Pecora’s first grade class, which raised $2,309.78, and Mrs. Domalick’s first grade class, which raised $1,525.91, both won an Olive Garden pasta lunch for raising the most money in the school.

Brooks Middle School
The Integrated Studies class at Brooks Middle School has been focusing its attention this year on the following three issues related to citizenship:
1. What is a citizen and what are a citizen’s rights and responsibilities?
2. What does it mean to be a good citizen (helping others in your community)?
3. What does it mean to be a global citizen (being aware of and helping communities throughout the world)?

As part of their lessons on citizenship, the teachers have looked for ways to provide their students with opportunities to experience firsthand what it means to be a good global citizen. One of the opportunities identified by Phyllis Frick was to aid the efforts of Amari Borah, the husband of fellow Brooks teacher Cynthia Borah, to build a well for Shanzu Village in Kenya. As of today, they have dug down 64 feet and tapped into water. They have also built a concrete cover for the well. However, they still need $600 to line the entire well with concrete. When Ms. Frick’s students learned about the project, they brainstormed ways to raise the money to line the well. They ultimately settled on a pizza and movie night, which is being held at Brooks tomorrow (March 13) from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

District 97 takes first place at Speech and Drama Festival
For the fifth consecutive year, District 97 took first place in the West 40 Speech and Drama Festival, which was held at Elmwood Park High School on Saturday, February 28, 2015. The team, which was made up of students and teachers/coaches from Brooks and Julian middle schools, had the top score in the competition and received perfect scores in five of the 10 events.

Art at the Oak Park Public Library Idea Box
District 97’s art teachers have created an interactive art installation at the Oak Park Public Library’s Idea Box that celebrates National Youth Art Month. The fun, collaborative art piece was designed using only recycled materials. Children from Oak Park are invited to contribute to the constantly changing installation, which will be on display the entire month of March.

These updates come courtesy of the communications department at Oak Park Elementary School District 97.

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