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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17 EPCHS students named Illinois State Scholars

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Evergreen Park Community High School Principal Bill Sanderson announced that 17 students from the EPCHS graduating class of 2023 have been designated as Illinois State Scholars. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the state’s college access and financial aid agency, presents this prestigious recognition of academic achievement to exceptional Illinois high school students annually. This year,…

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Palos West students gather mittens for charity

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Students at Palos West Elementary in Palos School District 118 recently collected 945 pairs of mittens for the school’s annual mitten drive. The donated mittens were delivered to several organizations in need including a women and children’s shelter in Chicago, Joliet School District 86, a local charity collecting items for the people of Ukraine, and…

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Shepard JV cheerleaders win at Lockport; varsity records highest score ever

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Over the long weekend, the varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders from Shepard High School hit the road twice to compete. They returned with new hardware. The junior varsity team, coached by Cecelia Welker, won first place at the Lockport Invitational and fourth place at the Oak Forest Bengal Invitational. Varsity, coached by Shepard graduate Felicia…

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‘Book Buddies’ help spread literacy to Evergreen Park first-graders

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The tradition of Evergreen Park Community High School seniors teaming up with first graders at Evergreen Park elementary schools to promote literacy continued this month when a pair of Mustangs visited Southwest, Northwest, Southeast and Northeast elementary schools in Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124. EPCHS Service Club students Jonatthan Whiteside and Taylor Evans were…

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Moraine Valley Board of Trustees seeks candidates for board vacancies

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The Moraine Valley Community College Board of Trustees seeks qualified candidates to fill two vacancies on the board until April 2025. The vacancies were created by the resignations this month of Bernadette Barrett, who resigned Dec. 4, and Kimberly Hastings Cristelli, who resigned Dec. 16. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, a…

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District 230 students volunteer as holiday helpers, spread holiday joy

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At Consolidated High School District 230, students at Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew High Schools are required to perform 25 hours of service learning as part of their graduation requirements. For many students, volunteering is something they choose to do, regardless of whether it is a requirement or not. In fact, since July 1, District 230’s…

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Richards wins Marian Classic championship

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The varsity speech team from Richards High School won first place at the Marian Classic last month. It’s the first tournament championship for Richards speech since 2018 and their first team victory at Marian Catholic ever. The Bulldogs produced a total team victory with so many students winning hardware: Champion – Stella Chinchilla, Dramatic Interpretation;…

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Palos 118 students win at 2022 Young Inventor Challenge

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Fourth-grade students from Palos School District 118 took home three awards at the 2022 People of Play Young Inventor Challenge. Students from Palos East and West Elementaries participated in the event on November 19 at Radio Flyer Headquarters in Chicago. The program gives students ages 6 to18 an opportunity to develop and pitch their original…

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