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Junior Journalist Update from Mead – By Ananya M.

Mead Junior High is more than just a school. The way the school works can be compared to that of a beehive. Every individual has their own responsibility they are held to, and a triumph is considered the hive’s as a whole. No one stands alone. Everyone is supported. They are a family.

The school has shown just how accurate this analogy is recently. Just a week before the school year began, one of Mead’s own beloved staff members was diagnosed with breast cancer. Mrs. Hulina, who has been teaching in District 54 for 15 years as an ESL and guided teacher, is not present at the school this year. As melancholic as this makes the staff and students at Mead, they did not let it discourage them. In fact, the school did the exact opposite of that.

Last year, Mead hosted a charity walk to support the Children’s Advocacy Center, a therapy center for abused children, and raised more than $1,000 for the cause. The school hosts an event similar to this every year, and the tradition continues today.

This year, Mead students and staff put the generosity overflowing from their big hearts into supporting Mrs. Hulina and her family through this difficult time. On October 19, Mead hosted Hoops for Hulina which raised more than $4,000 for Rush University Medical Center, where Mrs. Hulina receives treatment. Tickets were sold after school on the 19th for $2, or three for $5. There were six divisions created to compete in: Mother/Daughter, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, Father/Son, Staff/Student, and open ended. Sessions were held at 2:30 and 5:15 p.m. Throughout the week leading up to Hoops for Hulina, there were multiple events to support the cause. Bracelets were sold during lunch periods and order forms for pink shirts were handed out to the students and staff. It was an entertaining way to raise money for a good cause.

At the start of the 2:30 event, no one had the courage to get up out of their seats and onto the court. Knowing all eyes in the gym would be on you, who wants to embarrass themselves in front of their peers? To break the ice, math teachers Ms. Busato and Ms. Lorenc took on the challenge of starting the show. In the blink of an eye, the crowd came to life. Students were cheering, standing up out of their seats to support their favorite teachers. Music spilled out of the gym’s speakers not long after that. They could almost feel the floor vibrating beneath their feet. Now, people left and right were jumping at the opportunity to shoot basketballs to show their love and appreciation of Mrs. Hulina. Mrs. Hulina’s extended family was at the school the day of the 19th to support the cause, as well as many other members of the Mead, District 54 and Elk Grove community.  Across the risers, you could watch in amazement the sea of pink. From shirts, pants, and socks, all the way to eyebrows and full faces, everyone was enjoying themselves. The turnout for both sessions was more than anyone could have asked for.