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MacArthur Environmental Club named Best of the Best of Hoffman for 2020

Environmental Club group photoLast April the Hoffman Estates Park District recognized the Environmental Club at MacArthur International Spanish Academy as that month’s Best of Hoffman for spearheading the creation of a monarch butterfly garden at Fabbrini Park adjacent to the school. At the Jan. 28 Park Board meeting, the park district is recognizing the club as Best of the Best of Hoffman for all of 2019!

“We were surprised and excited to find out we won,” said Trinity, a sixth grade Environmental Club member. “We are very grateful to have had this experience and to be able to do this for our school. We’re all very committed to the butterfly garden project.”

After coming up with the idea last year for the butterfly garden – a place where monarchs can rest and eat during their migration journey – club members researched butterfly gardens and the struggling monarch population, circulated a petition at school, sought permission from the park district for the garden and held fundraisers for the project.

“We all worked together,” said Wyatt, a fourth grade club member. “It took a while but it was worth it.”

The Hoffman Estates Park District worked closely with the club to create the garden last spring, said Jolanda McGinn, who sponsors the MacArthur Environmental Club along with Alexandra Partipilo.

“It truly is a partnership,” McGinn said. “Being named Best of the Best of Hoffman is an amazing honor because there is so much going on in Hoffman Estates that is wonderful for the community.”

The Park District will display the MacArthur Environmental Club’s group photo from tonight’s board meeting at the Triphahn Center throughout 2020 and add the club’s name to the Best of the Best of Hoffman permanent plaque.