Lakeside Bank 2022.July
SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Students At Grimes Learn Gift of Giving

The holiday season is usually considered a time to reflect.

Many think of ways to better themselves, while others take time to consider ways of helping their community strive to be prosperous.

For Chicago Public School teacher Jenny Escobedo, her focus on bringing her seventh grade class closer began early in the school year.

Escobedo, who teaches reading at Grimes Elementary School, 5450 W. 64th Place, began the school year by asking her class to think of ways that they can work together to become more of a family, rather than just classmates. Her idea was to help develop stronger character traits in her students.

One student raised their hand and said, ÒLet’s do something that involves food.”

The idea was well accepted and grew.

From that day on, students, along with Escobedo, began collecting canned food in order to do a food drive for Christmas.

Students from Grimes began working diligently with students from another local school, Alexander Fleming School, 4918 W. 64th St., to donate food. Students had a goal in mind to donate enough food to feed 10 families in the community.

When all was said and done, the food was to be donated to Pilgrim Faith Church, 9411 S. 51st Ave., in Oak Lawn.

Pilgrim Faith had been running low on its donation supply of food and welcomed the students’ contributions with open arms.

ÒThis food drive was really a way to help instill positive values in our students and emphasize the importance of giving,” said Escobedo. ÒHunger really exists. There are people who go to sleep every night starving, not just in our community but throughout the world.”

For the students of Grimes, the idea of the food drive gave them an opportunity to do further research on hunger and poverty throughout the world.

ÒThe thought of people living in need made me sad,” said seventh-grade Grimes student David Uribe. ÒIt’s sad to think that people live with the thought that they are not sure where they are going to get their next meal.”

For Chloe Cole, her research taught her that hunger in Illinois is increasing.

She says that she is happy her fellow classmates decided to take part in such an important effort to combat local hunger.

ÒThere is such a high level of people in Illinois alone that are hungry and in need,” said Cole.

Alma Gonzalez learned that there are close to 846,000 people in Cook County alone who are living in poverty.

ÒIt is sad that people can lose everything, especially things they need to survive, like food,” she said.

Students agreed that the tradition of giving is something they wish to continue in the future.

ÒWe want to do more to help put an end to hunger,” said Gina Veraldi. ÒThere are 15 million children in the country who live in poverty.

ÒIt’s sad to know that these children are close to our age and don’t have much.”

ÒOur goal was to help feed 10 families for a week. Next year we want our goal to be 20,” said Antonio Delatore. ÒWe have to continue doing this.”

Jonathan Parham learned that food banks across the country have collected 109 million pounds of food this year.

ÒIt feels good to know that we are taking part in such a good thing to help make a family’s Christmas special,” Parham said. ÒEveryone deserves to have a good Christmas.”

Seventh-grader Angel Gonzalez says he hopes to continue this tradition, not just while he is at Grimes, but when he moves on to high school and even college.

ÒTo learn that there are 500,000 children that live in poverty in Illinois makes us want to do more and more to help,” he said.

The students and Escobedo hope to have another food drive in the spring, and continue to have such drives in years to come.

ÒStudents are beginning to see the importance of doing the right thing,” said Escobedo. ÒI am impressed with my students and how hard they have worked to achieve their goal to help those who are less fortunate.

ÒWe are looking forward to doing it again in the spring.”

Local News

CRRNH_GRCLNewOfficers_092822

What’s old is new again at the GRCL

Almost exactly seven years after he was sworn in as president of the Garfield Ridge Civic League, Hank Pukala (right) formally stepped down last week. He announced he is retiring and moving to California. His replacement is also his predecessor. Rick Techman (next to Pukala) served as GRCL president for a number of years. Also…

U.S. Rep. Sean Casten

Casten wants conservative group de-funded

From staff reports U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (D-6th) last week called on the CEOs of Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase to commit to de-fund the State Financial Officers Foundation (SFOF), a group Casten claimed is a “right-wing climate denialism group that actively promotes legislation requiring state and city treasurers to blacklist companies that evaluate climate…

MCCBarCrawl2022

Invite all to Archer Avenue Bar Crawl

By Tim Hadac A bar crawl showcasing four of the best night spots in Garfield Ridge is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Sponsored by the Midway Chamber of Commerce (formerly the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce), the Archer Avenue Bar Crawl will include a quartet of watering holes within walking distance…

Funeral-Flowers.4 logo

Obituaries September 29, 2022

MARY ROSE ALVAREZ Mary Rose Alvarez (nee Heredia), age 84, of Chicago, Clearing community, passed away September 18. Beloved wife of the late Pedro; loving mother of Lydia (Phyllis Parker) Trujillo, Rosemary (late Daniel) Kurczodyna, Consuelo (Marcelino Cervantes) Alvarez and Teresa (Dennis) Prieto; much loved grandmother of Sylvia (Juve) Ortega, Patricia (Jose Luis) Arteaga, Marcos…

Palos Heights Alderman Heather Begley said members of the Recreation Advisory Board are now OK with proposed changes that could be coming. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Changes coming to Palos Heights RAB despite resistance from McGovern

By Jeff Vorva The Palos Heights City Council is expected to approve new guidelines and regulations for the Recreation Advisory Board on Tuesday and at least one alderman doesn’t like what he sees. Jerry McGovern took issue with the proposed changes. “As many times as I read through this thing, I have to turn around…

Attorney Marcia Owens presents a modified request for additional parking for Wu's House restaurant at Monday's Palos Park meeting. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Wu’s House modifies parking proposal to Palos Park council

By Jeff Vorva Wu’s House restaurant was rejected once in a bid for extra parking space, but is trying again. The eatery, which is located at 12300 S. LaGrange Road, is seeking an extra 82 spots — many on land next to the business. Citizens expressed concerns during a Plan Commission meeting and the request…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound September 28, 2022

Mary Stanek

Halloween candy dish already full

By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 We welcome October and its Halloween festivities. I also welcome all of the Halloween treats that have filled my candy dish already. The St. Turibius community will not be going hungry. Thanks to neighbors, friends and volunteers,…

Peggy Zabicki

There is such a thing as a stupid question

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Today is Ask a Stupid Question Day. Officially, this annual holiday is Sept. 28 but is usually observed on the last school day of September, which falls on Friday, Sept. 30 this year. Whose idea was this? The West Lawn Gardeners group…

Kathy Headley

Weather, and fishing, are just fine

By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 The weather has been perfect lately for spending time at Marquette Park, hasn’t it? Whether fishing, golfing, playing tennis or just going for a leisurely walk, folks have been taking advantage of how lucky we are to have…

Neighbors

Illinois Supreme Court denies former lawmakers’ claim for back pay

Illinois Supreme Court denies former lawmakers’ claim for back pay

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit filed by two former state legislators who sued for back pay they believed they were due for raises that they voted against while in office. Former Sen. Michael Noland, D-Elgin, and former Sen. James Clayborne, D-Belleville, argued…

Illinois takes Equal Rights Amendment to appeals court

Illinois takes Equal Rights Amendment to appeals court

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Attorneys for the state of Illinois joined their colleagues in Nevada and Virginia Wednesday in asking a federal appellate court to declare that the Equal Rights Amendment has been legally ratified as the 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “I have a daughter who intends to…

CAPITOL RECAP: State announces further unemployment debt repayment

CAPITOL RECAP: State announces further unemployment debt repayment

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced a plan Tuesday, Sept. 27, to reduce a $1.8 billion Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund deficit by $450 million through an infusion of unemployment-related revenues. The trust fund is the pool of money paid into by employers to provide a social safety net for unemployed individuals. The employer’s insurance premiums…

State to reduce $1.8 billion federal unemployment debt by $450 million

State to reduce $1.8 billion federal unemployment debt by $450 million

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced a plan Tuesday to reduce a $1.8 billion Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund deficit by $450 million through an infusion of unemployment-related revenues. The trust fund is the pool of money paid into by employers to provide a social safety net for unemployed…

Capitol News Illinois to expand operations with $2 million McCormick Foundation grant

Capitol News Illinois to expand operations with $2 million McCormick Foundation grant

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Capitol News Illinois will significantly expand its operations as it enters the fifth year of operations in 2023 because of a significant grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. The McCormick Foundation has announced a three-year, $2 million investment in Capitol News Illinois, a nonprofit news organization that provides…

State Sen. Emil Jones III pleads not guilty in bribery case

State Sen. Emil Jones III pleads not guilty in bribery case

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Emil Jones III pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday to three felony counts stemming from an alleged bribery scheme involving a red light camera company. Jones, 44, is a Chicago Democrat who has served in the Senate since 2009. He is also the…

Pritzker urges two lawmakers to resign

Pritzker urges two lawmakers to resign

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker called on two Democratic state senators Thursday to resign their seats amid allegations of misconduct. Sen. Emil Jones III, D-Chicago, was charged in federal court earlier this week with soliciting a $5,000 bribe from a red light camera company. And Sen. Michael Hastings,…

Pritzker urges two lawmakers to resign

Pritzker urges two lawmakers to resign

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker called on two Democratic state senators Thursday to resign their seats amid allegations of misconduct. Sen. Emil Jones III, D-Chicago, was charged in federal court earlier this week with soliciting a $5,000 bribe from a red light camera company. And Sen. Michael Hastings,…

Illinois Supreme Court denies former lawmakers’ claim for back pay

Illinois Supreme Court denies former lawmakers’ claim for back pay

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit filed by two former state legislators who sued for back pay they believed they were due for raises that they voted against while in office. Former Sen. Michael Noland, D-Elgin, and former Sen. James Clayborne, D-Belleville, argued…

CAPITOL RECAP: Another Democratic senator charged in bribery scheme

CAPITOL RECAP: Another Democratic senator charged in bribery scheme

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Emil Jones III has been charged in federal court with three criminal counts tied to his dealings with a red light camera company. Jones, a Chicago Democrat, is the son of former Senate President Emil Jones Jr. The younger Jones has served in the Senate since 2009…

CRR NH Evergreen Window Door House Ad
CRR NH Remax Villegas House Ad