District 128 schools are going to the dogs and the kids love it

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By Kelly White Pet therapy has also been shown to improve energy levels, self-esteem, social skills, verbal communication and mood, as well as decrease depression. Palos Heights School District 128 made the decision to bring pet therapy into the classroom to help both its students and staff reap these benefits while enjoying the company of…

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Stagg students honor veterans at luncheon

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By Kelly White In honor of Veterans Day, Stagg High School students took time to reflect upon our nation’s heroes and all of their accomplishments. Thanks to Stagg’s Student Council’s Veterans Luncheon on November 10 at the school, 8015 W. 111th St., Palos Hills, students and veterans were able to enjoy an afternoon filled with…

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Vigil honors Shepard High School’s Ryan Plowman

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By Kelly White Ryan Plowman will forever be remembered by his classmates and educators as an All-American kid who always put others above himself. The 17-year-old Shepard High School student from Crestwood passed away suddenly after a short battle with mononucleosis on November 5. “Ryan was the epitome of pure heart and soul,” said Renee…

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Worth Library presents sleep like a baby program

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By Kelly White National Sleep Foundation guidelines advise that healthy adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. However, that’s easier said than done. To help its residents get more snooze time, was the Worth Public Library, 6917 W. 111th St., with a program called, Sleep Like a Baby. “I know a…

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Palos Hills brings back Haunted Hayride

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By Kelly White Palos Hills is taking residents on a Halloween adventure through the city. The city’s Resource & Recreation Department hosted a Haunted Hayride on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and Oct. 29, at Bennett Park, 10810 S. Roberts Road, Palos Hills. The event was paused during the pandemic, but city officials were happy…

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Orland Park children show off theatrical skills

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By Kelly White Children in the Orland Park community came together earlier this month to showcase their theatrical talents. Orland Park Children’s Theater presented “It’s Not Not a Musical” from Oct. 7 through Oct. 9 at the Orland Park Cultural Arts Center, 14760 S. Park Lane, Orland Park. “I wrote this children’s play to promote…

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Art association cites EPCHS as school of distinction

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By Kelly White Located in the heart of the Evergreen Park Community, Evergreen Park Community High School prides itself in its academics and student involvement. The high school, 9901 S. Kedzie Ave., Evergreen Park, was recently recognized by the Illinois Art Education Association as a 2022 School of Distinction. EPCHS was one of only five…

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‘Pumpkin Patch Church’ welcomes in Halloween season

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By Kelly White First United Methodist Church has created a small-town fall festival feel right in the heart of the Oak Lawn Community. The church, 100th Street and Central Avenue, is having a pumpkin patch now through Halloween. It is open every weekday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until…

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District 218 schools lend their voices for Choir Festival

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By Kelly White Singing their way into the season are students at Community High School District 218. Students from Eisenhower High School, Richards High School and Shepard High School held a Choir Festival last week at Shepard High School, 13049 S. Ridgeland Ave. in Palos Heights. “For a lot of people around world, music is…

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