District 54 wins financial reporting award

Posted Monday, November 25th, 2013

District 54 has once again received the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for excellence in the preparation and issuance of its 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

Only 87 other school districts across the nation (9 others in Illinois) have received the award for more than 25 years. District 54 has received the Certificate of Excellence for 41 years. The award was received for the CAFR report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012.

“District 54 is privileged to have received this prestigious award year after year,” said Ric King, District 54’s assistant superintendent of business operations. “It not only confirms our consistency in providing superior financial reporting, which further enhances our fiscal credibility, but it also reinforces our dedication and commitment to our students, and our community.”

The Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Program was designed by ASBO International to enable school business officials to achieve a high standard of financial reporting. The award is the highest recognition for school district financial operations offered by ASBO.

District 54 celebrates 90/90 schools

Posted Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

District 54 began its weeklong celebration of American Education Week by honoring the 19 schools who met our board goal which states that “each school will perform at or above the 90th percentile (top 10% nationally) in meeting individual student growth targets in reading and math as measured by Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).

The following schools performed at or above 90th percentile in both math and reading:

  • Addams,
  • Aldrin,
  • Collins,
  • Einstein,
  • Hoover,
  • Lakeview,
  • Lincoln Prairie,
  • Link and
  • Mead.

The following nine schools performed at or above the 95th percentile in both reading and math:

  • Armstrong,
  • Blackwell,
  • Churchill,
  • Enders-Salk,
  • Fairview,
  • Hale,
  • MacArthur,
  • Muir,
  • Nerge and
  • Stevenson.

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) are state-aligned computerized adaptive tests that accurately reflect the instructional level of each student and measure growth over time. The assessment adapts to the student’s ability, accurately measuring what a child knows and needs to learn. In addition, MAP tests measure academic growth over time, independent of grade level or age. Most importantly, the results educators receive have practical application to teaching and learning.

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District 54 announces the recipients of seven Those Who Excel Awards

Posted Thursday, August 29th, 2013

District 54 is proud to announce the following recipients of the 2013 Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Awards.

  • Robbin Masters, an English language learner (ELL) teacher at Stevenson Elementary School in Elk Grove Village, won an Award of Excellence in the early career educator category
  • A team of teachers from Mead Junior High School won an Award of Merit in the team category.
  • Instructional Coach Becky Lopez won an Award of Recognition in the student support personnel category.
  • Maintenance Supervisor Mike Mostacci won an Award of Recognition in the educational service personnel category.
  • Assistant Superintendent Karen Hindman won an Award of Recognition in the administrator category.
  • Michelle Burke, the Project Lead the Way teacher at Addams Junior High School in Schaumburg, won an award of Recognition in the classroom teacher category.
  • Special Olympics Coordinator David Luzwick and Mindi Turf, an early childhood teacher at Frost Junior High School in Schaumburg, won an Award of Excellence in the team category as part of the Special Olympics of Illinois Project UNIFY Youth Activation Committee.

Robbin Masters

Masters was nominated for the passion she brings to her job of working with English-language learners. She teaches them how to read, write and speak fluent English, while at the same time showing a genuine interest in their lives. In the nomination, one of her colleagues wrote:  “Robin’s motto is to teach to the whole child. She understands that a child needs to feel safe, fed and cared for before he can learn.”

Toward that goal, Masters organized a volunteer breakfast club for low-income students and raised money to fund the breakfast through donations and grants. Even during the breakfast club she never stops teaching, reviewing the upcoming day’s material with students while she dishes out breakfast food.

As an ELL teacher, Masters is also focused on the District 54 goal of closing the achievement gap. At Stevenson, she developed an extended-day kindergarten which provided 50 minutes of literacy and math instruction in a small-group setting for ELL and at-risk kindergarten students.

Team Mead

Mead Junior High School nominated a team of four employees who sponsor and support the Mead Interact Club and Mead Rotary Prep Club – Melinda Andrews, Elizabeth James, Amelia Reimel and Lynn Pahl.

The mission of Mead Rotary Prep is to develop and facilitate leadership opportunities in the school and community for at-risk students. Pahl and Reimel inspired students to become active in after-school projects, such as organizing and planning fundraising opportunities, sorting and stocking the District 54 Food Pantry and planning for whole-school assemblies.

Interact Club is a worldwide organization for youth interested in service and international understanding. This year, with the support of Andrews and James, the Interact Club raised funds for medical support in Haiti, organized a walk to find a cure for juvenile diabetes and held a food drive to help the disadvantaged families of District 54.

Karen Hindman

In 2007, District 54 set a goal that students who have attended District 54 schools for at least one year will read at grade level upon entering third grade. There were some who did not believe all students could learn. Hindman, as the assistant superintendent for special education, championed the cause of the students she served.

She introduced District 54 to MAP (Measures of Academic Progress), an assessment that measures academic growth over time. She also introduced RtI (Response to Intervention), demonstrating that all students could show growth through high-quality instruction combined with interventions and enrichment based on individual student need. She noticed that students were sometimes being given Individualized Education Plans and labeled as special education students, when they showed signs of not making sufficient progress academically. Under the RtI Framework, students are now getting the help they needed without being labeled as a special education student.

Michelle Burke

Burke has been an integral part of the team involved in bringing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to District 54.  She accompanied district leaders on a visit to a school district in Syracuse, N.Y. to learn how to implement the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum in District 54.

She has also demonstrated her leadership skills when she was the science department chair at Addams Junior High School. Her reputation for leading the department as a Professional Learning Community (PLC) led the science teachers at the other five schools serving seventh- and eighth-grade students to visit the Addams science team in order to improve their instruction. Burke was described as “a leader among leaders and a teacher among teachers.”

Becky Lopez

Lopez taught students with emotional and behavioral difficulties in a self-contained classroom at Fox for 11 years. She was involved in co-teaching with general education teachers before it was a district priority. She would often bring her students from the self-contained classrooms into the general education environment before that was the norm in District 54.

For the last two years she has served as a special education instructional coach. Principals, teachers and support staff often comment on the impact she has had in helping them serve their most challenging students both academically and behaviorally.

Mike Mostacci

Mostacci was nominated for his role in creating an environment in all 27 District 54 schools which is conducive to student learning.

In one example of putting student needs first, last year District 54 welcomed a new student who has an allergy to fluorescent lighting. Mostacci researched the allergy and alternative lighting sources and led the change of the entire classroom lighting from fluorescent to LED lighting. He made the change quickly, so this child could attend the first day of school like everyone else.

David Luzwick and Mindi Turf

Luzwick and Turf were part of a group of educators who support the Special Olympics Illinois Project Unify Youth Activation Committee by facilitating youth involvement in promoting inclusion of students with disabilities in their schools.

Youth Activation Committee members provide leadership to Special Olympics, Project UNIFY and school districts by participating in events, providing advice on how to reach other youth, engaging in and promoting Special Olympics activities in their schools and districts, communicating and networking with other educators and youth around the state, and reviewing Project UNIFY materials for innovation and viability.

The Illinois State Board of Education will honor all District 54 representatives during its 39th annual Those Who Excel banquet on Oct. 19 in Normal.

District 54 website wins Sunny Award

Posted Thursday, March 14th, 2013

The School District 54 website has won a Sunny Award from the editors of Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency.

The award, which honors the most transparent government websites in the nation, was presented on March 13 to only 247 of the more than 7,000 government websites ranked by Sunshine Review. The editors graded each site on a 10-point  transparency checklist. Editors looked at content available on government websites against what they believe should be provided. They sought  information on items such as budgets, meetings, elected officials, financial audits, contracts, academic performance, public records and taxes. The winners of the Sunny Award all received an “A” grade during the extensive grading process.

Nineteen of the 247 award winners were from Illinois, including six other school districts.

“The Sunny Awards recognizes governments that make transparency a priority,” said Michael Barnhart, President of Sunshine Review. “We would like to congratulate District 54 for being a champion for transparency and serving as a leader to every state and local government around the nation.”

District 54 wins Bright Red Apple

Posted Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

District 54 has once again received the Bright Red Apple Award from SchoolSearch, a company that offers relocating families information about schools.

The Bright Red Apple award is based on five factors (obtained from 2012 Illinois State Report Card data):  academic performance, student-teacher ratio, expenditure per student, educational level of teachers and average teacher salary.

Only 78 Illinois school districts (out of 866 school districts) were honored with the award this year for striving to provide their students with an outstanding educational environment.

All districts in Illinois were considered for the award. The award criteria were based on the primary areas of concern of most of SchoolSearch’s relocating families. While statistical factors are revealing, it is very important for families to visit schools that are of interest to them.

To obtain the award each district must have the following:

  1. At least 61.7 percent of teachers must have a master’s degree or higher.
  2. The student-teacher ratio must be 18.9:1 or better.
  3. The operating expenditure per student must be at least $10,875.
  4. The average teacher salary must be at least $56,831.
  5. The average percentage of third- through eighth-grade students who meet or exceed percentages on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test for reading and math must be at least 89.67.

Thirteen District 54 schools receive Illinois Academic Excellence Awards

Posted Friday, January 25th, 2013

Thirteen District 54 schools received an Academic Excellence Award from the Illinois State Board of Education in recognition of their exemplary performance on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test from 2010 to 2012.

Blackwell, Campanelli, Collins, Dirksen, Dooley, Fairview, Fox, Hale, Hoover, Lincoln Prairie, Link, Nerge and Stevenson schools were among the 454 schools to receive the Academic Excellence Award for 2012 by sustaining high performance levels on state assessments for at least three years.

To achieve this award, schools must meet the following criteria:

  • All schools must have made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in 2011 and 2012.
  • At preschool through eighth grade schools:  90 percent of students must have met or exceeded state standards in both reading and mathematics for the three most recent school years.

Many of our schools are repeat winners:

  • Dirksen, Hoover, Nerge and Stevenson elementary schools are receiving the Academic Excellence Award for the fifth consecutive year.
  • Dooley, Fairview, Hale and Lincoln Prairie are receiving the Academic Excellence Award for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Collins, Fox and Link are receiving the Academic Excellence Award for the third consecutive year.

The state assessments are used to measure adequate yearly progress for all public schools. District 54 students in third through eighth grade will take the test from March 4 through 15 this year.

The Illinois Honor Roll celebrates the accomplishments of Illinois public schools that are providing high quality education for all their students.

District 54 students advance to state PTA Reflections program

Posted Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The following 17 students from District 54 moved on to the state level for Reflections, a PTA writing and fine arts competition. The theme of the 2012-13 Reflections Program was “The Magic of a Moment.” District 54 students were able to submit an entry in any of the following six arts areas:  film production, dance choreography, literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts.

There will be a reception honoring the Reflections students from PTA District 37 (which includes School District 54) whose entries advanced to the state level at 7 p.m. on March 6 at Eisenhower Jr. High School, 800 W. Hassell Road in Hoffman Estates.

Visual Arts

  • Aditi C., Grade 2, Blackwell, The Morning Glory
  • Dhriti D., Grade 2, Collins, The Magic of a Moment
  • Rebecca K., Grade 2, Fairview, A Magical Jump
  • Giselle S., Grade 6, Lincoln Prairie, Winter Wonderland

Musical Composition

  • Najma A., Grade 6, Lakeview, On The Dance Floor

Dance Choreography

  • Madison S., Grade 1, Lincoln Prairie, Lost in the Forest
  • Anna F., Grade 4, Lincoln Prairie, Chance
  • Adya V., Grade 4, Fairview, Up Where the Magic Is
  • Nandini B., Grade 5, Fairview, Let’s Keep Our Magical Feet Moving
  • Allison G., Grade 8, Lincoln Prairie, Good Time
  • Molly G., Grade 8, Mead, I Won’t Give Up

Literature

  • Caroline A., Grade 2, Link, Fireworks
  • Sydney M., Grade 3, Fairview, The Magic of the Moment I Got Adopted
  • Katherine W., Grade 4, Nerge, New Life

Film Production

  • Chandler Y., Grade 4, Stevenson, Gabby Douglass
  • Charles Z., Grade 4, Aldrin, Magical Moments
  • Justin H., Grade 6, Lincoln Prairie, Lacrosse Video

Community Resource Centers win Governor’s Hometown Award

Posted Friday, November 30th, 2012

The Village of Hoffman Estates, in conjunction with School District 54, has been awarded the 2012 Illinois Governor’s Hometown Award for its Community Resource Centers. The Hometown Awards were presented to 30 groups from across the state during a ceremony Nov. 29 at the Executive Mansion in Springfield.

“The Governor’s Hometown Awards honor the efforts of 30 remarkable groups who have selflessly dedicated their time and efforts to making their communities a better place to live,” Governor Quinn said.

The goals of the resource centers are to provide meaningful programs and a beneficial link between government resources and the community in order to foster a safer and healthier environment.

The original resource center opened in 2000 in the Salem Ridge Apartments in Hoffman Estates. However, the need for services quickly grew. When a new police station opened in 2009, the village included space for another community resource center.

“District 54 is honored to partner with the Village of Hoffman Estates to provide Community Resource Centers for our families,” District 54 Early Childhood Director Jen Mursu said. “By opening its buildings to us, the village has supported District 54 in its efforts to bring preschool services and parent education to families, thereby helping our students prepare for kindergarten and beyond.”

School District 54 employs child and family educators who provide classes and workshops to promote literacy for children from birth to age 5 at District 54 schools, as well as at the resource centers. They also perform home visits for the participants in the program. The educators are a multilingual group speaking English, Spanish, Polish and some Indian dialects, enabling direct assistance to the variety of participants at the CRCs.

The CRCs’ services include early childhood literacy education, childcare assistance, student education, finance education, local transportation, English as a second language (ESL) courses, and many other programs. The village and School District 54 have cultivated meaningful relationships with residents, and have provided valuable early childhood education to at-risk children. The centers house books, puzzles and parent resources

There are currently three resource centers in District 54 (at the police station, at Salem Ridge and at Woodfield Crossing in Rolling Meadows). In addition, District 54 provides similar programs at the Hoffman Estates and Hanover Park branch libraries, as well as at the Hoffman Estates Village Hall.

“It is a major focus of the village to work collaboratively with other government agencies and service providers to deliver the best amenities to meet our residents’ needs in the most cost-effective way,” Hoffman Estates Mayor William D. McLeod said. “On behalf of the Village Board and staff, we are honored to receive this recognition alongside our partners at School District 54.”

The most fascinating aspect of the resource centers is that the entire community has embraced its mission. Private businesses, nonprofit organizations, the municipality, townships, libraries, community colleges and school districts have all played a part in the CRC’s success story. Even participants in programs have found non-monetary ways to give back to the facility as a thank you for the services they received. This tremendous effort by the public is evidence that creative civic partnerships are possible, and that the CRCs are an exemplary model of community service.

The Governor’s Hometown Award recipients are selected by volunteer judges who review and rank applications based on a variety of factors, including local need, volunteer participation, use of resources and the results achieved. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) administers the Governor’s Hometown Awards program. Each winning group receives a road sign for its community and plaque recognizing its efforts.

Visit our early childhood website to learn more about the FIND (Family Involvement Nurturing Development) program offered at resource centers in District 54.

District 54 schools recognized for PBIS programs

Posted Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The Illinois PBIS Network recognized 15 District 54 schools this year for their success in implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) during the 2011-12 school year.

PBIS is a proactive, schoolwide system that teaches appropriate behavior throughout the school – in the classroom, on the bus, in the hallways, in the restrooms and on the playground. The entire staff team focuses not only on individual students with challenging behavior but on providing positive behavior support to all children.

Schools that wish to be recognized for their implementation of PBIS must submit an application in June along with supporting documentation. The levels of recognition are Start-Up, Emerging, Implementing, Fully Implementing and Exemplar.

  • Campanelli Elementary School and the MacArthur International Spanish Academy are recognized as Fully Implementing — “sustaining schoolwide PBIS implementing, maintaining Tier 2/Secondary Level interventions and building the foundation for Tier 3/Tertiary level interventions.”
  • Frost Junior High School and Aldrin, Blackwell, Collins, Dirksen, Hanover Highlands, Lakeview and Muir elementary schools are recognized as Implementing – “maintaining the schoolwide PBIS foundation and building the foundation for Tier2/Secondary level Interventions.”
  • Link and Stevenson elementary schools and Addams, Keller and Mead junior high schools are recognized as Emerging – “building the foundation for school-wide PBIS implementation.”

PBIS has several components:

  • Behavioral expectations are defined:  A small number of clearly defined behavioral expectations are stated in positive and simple rules. For example, some of our schools use the Three B’s: Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe. Most schools kick off the school year with an assembly, whole school meeting or series of stations that introduce students to these concepts and reinforce the ideas for returning students. 
  • Behavioral expectations are taught:  The behavioral expectations are taught to all students in real context and reinforced throughout the school year. Students often refer to them as “cool tools.” All staff throughout the building uses the same language to speak to students about behavioral expectations.
  • Appropriate behaviors are acknowledged: Once appropriate behaviors have been defined and taught, they need to be acknowledged on a regular basis. Staff looks for opportunities throughout the year to recognize students who are meeting their expectations. Many schools will give out tickets and enter students’ names in a drawing to win rewards. Rewards include trinkets, extra gym time and reading to younger children.
  • Behavioral errors are corrected proactively: When students violate behavioral expectations, clear procedures are in place to explain to students their inappropriate behavior and to prevent continued disruptions to the instructional environment.
  • Program evaluations and adaptations are made by a team: District 54 schools collect data on student behavior and use that information when making decisions about behavior systems. By tracking changes in student behavior, staff can evaluate and adjust its own practices.
  • Administrators provide active and ongoing support.

Traditional discipline typically contains reactive procedures that focus on control with punitive consequences. This perspective is incomplete because the process lacks attention to the development and strategic reteaching of positive social behaviors. Research suggests that punishment by itself is ineffective in achieving long-term suppressions of problem behavior.

More information about PBIS and the list of schools recognized in Illinois can be found on the PBIS Illinois website: http://www.pbisillinois.org.

District 54 to receive seven Those Who Excel Awards

Posted Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

District 54 is proud to announce that it submitted the following nominations for the 2012 Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Awards program and all seven will be recognized.

  • Superintendent Ed Rafferty won an Award of Merit in the school administrator category.
  • Kim Smith, the social worker at Hanover Highlands Elementary School in Hanover Park, won an Award of Merit in the student support personnel category.
  • Mike Sroka, a crisis intervention assistant at Eisenhower Junior High School, won an Award of Merit in the educational service personnel category.
  • Gary Caby, the chairman of the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation, won an Award of Merit in the community volunteer category.
  • Lauren Jenrette, a teacher at Enders-Salk Elementary School in Schaumburg, won an Award of Recognition in the outstanding early career educator category.
  • Tricia Leong, a teacher at Frost Junior High School in Schaumburg, won an award of Recognition in the classroom teacher category.
  • The Rotary Club of Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates won an Award of Recognition in the team category.

Ed Rafferty

Superintendent Rafferty was nominated for the transformational changes he has brought to this district in the past eight years; changes that have resulted in significant gains in student learning. Rafferty brought Professional Learning Communities to District 54 and emphasized analyzing student data to support teachers in their work to improve student learning.

In 2005, Rafferty’s first year as superintendent, 76 percent of District 54 students were meeting or exceeding standards on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test in reading and 80 percent were meeting or exceeding in math. In 2012, 91.6 percent of our students are meeting or exceeding in reading and 95.3 percent are meeting or exceeding in math. In 2005, none of our schools had 90 percent of students meeting or exceeding state standards in reading and math. In 2012, 19 schools are meeting that goal, and six schools have more than 95 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards in reading and math.

Kim Smith

Kim Smith was nominated for this award for her service as a social worker at Hanover Highlands helping families in times of need. This past year, Smith partnered with a local church to host the first ever Holiday Gift Mart – providing 125 families with gifts for their children during the holiday season. This is just one of the partnerships Smith has developed to provide services for students such as mentoring, counseling, summer camps, food vouchers, assistance after a fire, clothing and much more.

Letters of recommendation written on behalf of Smith cite how she has supported families at home as well as students at school. At school, Smith is a major proponent of the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program. She works closely with a group of teachers to monitor student behavior and supports classroom teachers by offering strategies for behavior management. During her involvement, Hanover Highlands has seen a drastic improvement in both the culture of the school and the community support for the school.

Mike Sroka

Mike Sroka goes above and beyond every day for the students he serves at Eisenhower. He was originally hired to work at Frost Junior High School in 2001, but moved to Eisenhower in 2008 when the autism program was relocated to that school. Change is difficult for students with autism. Sroka was the constant in the children’s lives. He was outside to greet them on the first day and stayed with them until they boarded the bus at the end of the day.

Sroka was nominated not just for the work he does in the special education classroom, but for the bridges he forms between the students in that program and the general education students. For example, he helps lead Partners Club, which allows Special Olympics athletes and their peers to practice sports together and participate in a track meet each spring. The club at Eisenhower has become so popular, that the school created a sign-up sheet to accommodate all the students who wanted to join, Eisenhower Principal Kara Prusko said.

Gary Caby

Gary Caby was elected as chairman of the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation in 2010 after serving as trustee for four years. Under his leadership, the Foundation has launched several new fundraisers, including the Create Excitement for Public School initiative that generates revenue for the district when people shop online through Amazon, Groupon and other sites. The additional funds raised have translated into additional grants for schools to try innovative approaches to learning and for students to participate in extracurricular activities.

Foundation Vice Chairman Elizabeth Ciesla described in her nomination letter how she met Caby at a business networking meeting and a few months later he asked her to join the Foundation:  “Gary is one of the most civic-minded people I have ever worked with. “His enthusiasm and love for helping children made this an offer I could not, and would not, refuse.”

Lauren Jenrette

Students in Lauren Jenrette’s classes last year began each day chanting “Today is a great day! I feel great! I am full of energy and enthusiasm. My teacher knows how smart I am.” These chants are part of Quantum Learning, strategies that Jenrette has embraced to create a strong classroom culture and motivate her students to be successful in school.

Students describe her as fun, but her classroom strategies are also successful. In 2011, 100 percent of her students met or exceeded state standards in math and 90 percent met or exceeded state standards in reading based on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test. These successes were achieved by students at a school where 33 percent of the population speak limited English and 35 percent qualify for free lunch. Jenrette truly believes that all students can and will achieve at high levels, creates opportunities for students to show their mastery and works with her grade-level colleagues and others in the building to improve the interventions, literacy and positive behavior programs at Enders-Salk.

Tricia Leong

As a math teacher at Frost Junior High School, Tricia Leong works hard to make a different in the lives of her students. She aligns her lessons to Illinois learning standards, analyzes the students’ assessment data, adapts her curriculum to meet the needs of all learners, and holds students accountable for their learning. However, Leong’s influence is felt beyond the walls of her classroom. Although many teachers work hard to make a difference in the lives of junior high students, Leong makes a difference in all learners in the educational environment: students, colleagues, parents and new teachers.

Leong is a school leader. Last year, she served as the math department chairman, the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Universal Team leader, a building mentor, the Professional Learning Community (PLC) team facilitator and a member of the School Leadership Team. She also leads district-wide professional development courses for teachers seeking to improve the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills of their students.

Rotary

The Rotary Club of Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates has supported Mead Junior High School and the greater District 54 community through a partnership that taught students service and led to the creation of a food pantry for the families of our 14,000 students.

The Rotary Club brought alive the motto “Service Above Self” at Mead through its active involvement in the development of two student-led clubs – Rotary Prep and Interact. The mission of Rotary Prep is to facilitate opportunities for at-risk students to take a leadership role in the school and community and to focus on college-preparedness. Interact Club is a worldwide organization for youth interested in service and international understanding. Both clubs supported the food pantry, which supported our families in need. Rotarians supported the clubs and the pantry with monetary donations, but also with their time. They attended these student meetings, helped with club projects and inspired the students.

The Illinois State Board of Education will honor all seven District 54 representatives during its 38th annual Those Who Excel banquet on Oct. 20 in Normal.