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District 230 board members and students have their photo taken in front of the district’s new logo. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

District 230 board members and students have their photo taken in front of the district’s new logo. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Students help design new District 230 logo

By Jeff Vorva

District 230 has a new logo.

Students Tina Alkayed (Sandburg), Nycholas Golla (Stagg) and Trinity Walker (Andrew) teamed with Director of Communications Carla Erdey and Five Star Design branding specialist Laura Gilarski to work on the logo, which was unveiled at the Dec. 16 board meeting at Sandburg.

“It’s a concept of all-encompassing unity,” Gilarski said. “It’s a very strong, clean graphic made out of all the school colors together. Our key words ‘innovation,’ ‘empathy’ and ‘leadership’ are strategically in a never-ending infinity circle.”

Each element was used for its own special meaning.

“The circular shape creates a positive emotional energy with an arrow that moves the district in a forward-thinking movement,” Gilarski said. “The design concept reenforces a collaborative effort and we worked as a team.”

Walker told the board he enjoyed the project.

“I liked the idea of saying I helped with something that represents the district,” he said. “It feels good.”

Alkayed said this should help her career after she graduates in the spring.

“It was very new to me because I’ve never done something like that before,” she said. “I know I always wanted to try and delve more into the field of graphic design and communication and advertising. I never had that first-world experience of what it was like. Being able to take part in this and actually be on the front lines of designing a logo and pushing a new idea for a group of people definitely was very cool.”

Day off

When school resumes after the holiday break, students will be wrapping up the first semester and the board supported Supt. Robert Nolting’s proposal to give the students an extra day off.

Thus, students return to classes on Friday, Jan. 7, rather than Thursday, Jan. 6.

Nolting said it will allow the staff to prepare for additional catch up and final exam responsibilities.

Students have been missing classes before the break because of positive COVID-19 cases. There were 54 cases the week of Dec. 6-10.

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