Updated: May 20, 2012 8:04AM
‘Summer in the
Swamp’ June 18-28
Guerin College Preparatory High School, 8001 W. Belmont Ave., in River Grove, will again offer its popular “Summer in the Swamp” camp program with 16 different summer camp sessions including academics, arts and athletic offerings, Monday, June 18, through Friday, June 28.
The camps are open to boys and girls entering the fifth through eighth grades in the fall, and incoming freshmen to Guerin Prep. Each camp session is $50 per week and includes a participation T-shirt. Students may choose from among four, two-hour sessions that run each day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or stay all day. Each camp is taught by a Guerin Prep faculty member or current coach.
Fine arts camps include a two-week musical theater experience that includes dancing and singing, a graphic journaling camp, a sculpture camp and a camp for serious artists taught by Guerin Prep art teacher Tom Susin.
Again this year, a two-week volleyball camp for the serious minded volleyball player will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. each day. Other athletic offerings include baseball, basketball, soccer, cheerleading, dance, football and softball.
The popular academic camp, CSI, is again being offered, as is a one-on-one cooking class with Guerin Prep’s Consumer and Family Science teacher Noreen Fitzgerald.
A complete schedule and description of the summer camp choices, including a registration form, can be found online at www.guerinprep.org. Interested parties should make their selection/s, follow the instructions on the registration form and return the form to Guerin Prep, 8001 W. Belmont Ave., River Grove, IL 60171. A $5 discount per camp is offered for registrations received before May 15.
For more information, call Tony Pecoraro, director of admissions, at (708) 453-6233, Ext. 4841 or Julia Panik at (708) 453-6233, Ext. 4708.
Need a prom dress?
Go to FPPL April 21
District 212 Fashion Club members from both the East and West campuses, and the Franklin Park Public Library are co-sponsoring the Prom Dress Drive. Students and community members are invited to donate gently-used prom dresses that will be made available to any high school girl in need of a prom dress. Donations may be brought to either Leyden campus or the library. This event is open to all high school girls with a current school ID.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, those in need of a prom dress will have the opportunity to select the dress of their choice at the library. The Franklin Park Public Library is at 10311 Grand Ave., Franklin Park.
East Leyden High School is at 3400 Rose St., Franklin Park; and West Leyden High School is at 1000 N. Wolf Road, Northlake.
For more information about donating a dress or about selecting a prom dress, contact Laurie Dempsey, at West Leyden, at (847) 451-3619 and LDempsey@leyden212.org or Marissa Kimzey, East Leyden, at (847) 451-3194 and MKimzey@leyden212.org.
School Citizen of
the Year winners
Stephanie Elliott, a senior at West Leyden, 1000 Wolf Road, Northlake, and Dana Sullivan, a senior at East Leyden, 3400 Rose St., Franklin Park, are among the winners of the annual School Citizen of the Year Award sponsored by West 40, an intermediate education service center that provides a range of school improvement and support services.
A resident of Franklin Park, Elliott is president of the student council, a member of the National Honor Society, the Senior Class Advisor board, the Peer Counselors organization and, for the past three years, an ACCESS leader in the freshman mentoring program.
Sullivan, who is resident of Rosemont, ranks at the top of the senior class, is a two-sport athlete and is involved in numerous clubs and community service activities.
The SCOTY Award honors students in grades 1-12 who are outstanding role models for their peers. The parameters for nomination are broad, with each school district setting its own standards. In general, District 212 selects students who display leadership qualities, academic success, a generous spirit and concern for others. In the past 14 years about 1,000 students have been recognized as SCOTY Award recipients.
Elliott and Sullivan, along with the other SCOTY winners, were honored at a special awards ceremony held on March 21 at West Leyden High School. Each winner received a medal, certificate and a copy of the SCOTY honor roll with the students’ biography. Parents, family members, teachers and school administrators were also invited to attend the ceremony.
$14,234 raised for
District 212 students and staff raised $14,234 for pediatric cancer research during the 2012 St. Baldrick’s Foundation fund-raiser held during Leyden’s annual Safe Celebration Week.
The St. Baldrick’s event first began at West Leyden in 2008. Since that time, the East and West campuses have combined forces and have raised a total of $59,860 in the past four years.
About 100 students and staff raised money by having their head shaved and going bald in a show of support for those battling pediatric cancer and for the research necessary to find a cure for childhood cancers. “This year we set a goal of $10,000 for the district and we exceeded that by more than $4,000,” says Tim Dykes, one of the fund-raiser’s organizers. “Thanks to all of you who contributed to this great cause and helped to make the fund-raiser a success.”
St. Baldrick’s Foundation is one of the world’s largest volunteer-driven organizations dedicated to raising funds for research into the pediatric cancers that impact thousands of children world-wide.