Bulletin Board from 4-17-14


Evergreen Park
  St. Bernadette Catholic Academy announced the students who received awards for the second trimester of the current school year.
  Earning high honors with grade point averages ranging from 3.6 to 4.33 were:
  • Grade 8: Elvira Alexander and Joelle Gillespie,
  • Grade 7: Layla Brown-Clark,
  • Grade 6: Kathleen Jacobson and Joseph Sullivan, and
  • Grade 5: Daniel McKeown and Noah Zukowski.
  Earning honors with 3.0 to 3.59 grade point averages were:
  • Grade 8: Caroline Dwyer, Candice Narcisse and Raven Smith,
  • Grade 7: Erin Gessert and Jalon Jones,
  • Grade 6: Anna Fitzpatrick, Hannah O’Neill and JaNiya Williams, and
  • Grade 5: Chioma Okolo.
  The students named most improved for outstanding academic effort to improve during the second trimester were:
  • Grade 8: Logan Andrews,
  • Grade 7: Amari Thomas,
  • Grade 6 Mia Tolbert,
  • Grade 5: Daniel McKeown and Jeremiah Powell,
  • Grade 4: Jaela Sanders, and
  • Grade 3: Britney Darling.
  The “What Would Jesus Do?” award was presented to students who best exhibit Christian values by being respectful and kind to all adults and peers, including:
  • Kindergarten: Gwyneth Gertonson,
  • Grades 1and 2: Hannah Bayorgeon,
  • Grades 3 and 4: Brianna Darling,
  • Grades 5 and 6: Joseph Sullivan, and
  • Grades 7 and 8: Raven Smith
  PERFECT ATTENDANCE was awarded to students in recognition of perfect attendance, with no tardiness, including:
  • Preschool: Eleanor Mueller, Anthony Harris, Esau Ruvalcaba and Jacob Ruvalcaba,
  • Kindergarten: Phoebe Mueller,
  • Grades 1 and 2: Hannah Bayorgeon and Caitlon Young,
  • Grades 3 and 4: Harrison Bayorgeon, Brianna Darling, Britney Darling and Gary Grizzard,
  • Grades 5 and 6: Reginald Sykes III, and
  • Grades 7 and 8: Erin Gessert, Jalon Jones and Imani Sykes.

Oak Lawn/Hometown Middle School
  Sixth grade students at Oak Lawn/Hometown Middle School designed cards asking Harold L. Richards High School students to make rational decisions at prom.
  Their task was to remind Richards’ students to be responsible and safe, with the hope that hearing this message from their peers would make an impact.
  Students learned how the three “Mustang Musts”-Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe-are not just for school; they are life lessons. Teachers had the opportunity to share with students how the decisions you make as a young-adult follow you into adulthood, and affect other people.
  The cards will be placed at each table, as one last reminder to students as they begin their prom festivities.

Governors State University
  The Governors State University Civil Service Senate is hosting the annual spring open market from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1 in the Hall of Governors at GSU, 1 University Parkway, University Park.
  More than 30 crafters and vendors will have unique items and gifts just in time for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays or just because. The market is free and open to the public. Interested vendors and crafters are encouraged to participate. Space is limited. For more information or to register, call 235-7559.

Mount Assisi Academy
  Mount Assisi Academy is hosting a Career, Volunteer, and Job Fair for their students on from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m. Monday, May 5. The school is looking for:
  • Businesses that need to fill jobs, to host a table, have our students fill out applications, and conduct mini interviews on site.
  • Organizations who need volunteers to host a table and encourage our students to sign up for volunteer opportunities.
  • Professionals to come and share their experience in a particular field, answer questions, and schedule shadow days or internships with our students.
  For more information, call Marina Tadros at 630-257-7844, ext 239, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Oak Lawn Community H.S.
  The registration deadline forOak Lawn Community High School boys’ track team fundraiser, the Spartan Olympics, is Wednesday. The cost is $15 for individuals or $75 per team. Winners receive trophies and medals.
  For more information, call Head Boy’s Track Coach Chris Kuchyt, head boys’ track coach at 741-5624 in room 372 of the school, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  Individuals and teams can compete in the events at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27. Individual applicants will compete in all ten events in order to earn the title of Greatest Male and Female Athlete of Oak Lawn Community High School. Teams of five, headed by a junior or senior captain, may enter to earn the title of Greatest Athletic Group at Oak Lawn Community High School.
  Events include the long jump; a 1600 meter run, bench press, 100 meter sprint, basketball free throws, tire flip, soccer agility course, football distance toss, 12 inch softball accuracy throw, and an obstacle course.
  Oak Lawn Community High School will host its Relay for Life for the 12th year in a row. Relay for Life is an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research. This year’s Relay for Life will take place Saturday, May 17. Per Relay tradition, the faculty, staff and students painted the gym purple on Feb. 7 by wearing purple T-shirts during the varsity basketball game. Relay for Life coordinator Thaddeus Zuzga said that OLCHS raised more than $1,500. These funds will be used to cover all of the extracurricular activities at this year’s Relay For Life Event on May 17, 2014. It is not too late to register teams or participants for the event. For more information, call 424-5200.

St. Laurence
  The Comedy Club of St. Laurence High School, 5556 W. 77th St., Burbank, will be hosting its fifth annual comedy show in the school’s cafeteria at 6:31 p.m. Friday, April 25. The ticket cost at the door is $5. The Comedy Club has been an organized activity at St. Laurence for 14 years. The club strives to mutually entertain its members in various aspects of comedy. One aspect, improvisational humor, will be the primary focus of the night’s activities.
  To purchase a ticket before the night of the show, or for more information, call Ed Kozak, club moderator, at 458-6900, ext. 244, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  St. Laurence High School and the Office of Alumni Relations will host its annual solemn mass of remembrance, honoring deceased alumni of the school, at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26 in the school’s library, 5556 W. 77th St. (77th Street and Central Avenue), Burbank.
  Father Norm Trela, from St. Symphorosa Parish, and the school’s chaplain, will celebrate the Mass of the Resurrection. A wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the outdoor memorial, weather permitting. Following the liturgy, snacks and refreshments will be served.

  Family, friends, and relatives of deceased alumni of St. Laurence are welcome to attend this liturgy. For more information and reservations, call Ed Kozak in the Office of Alumni Relations at 458-6900, ext. 244.


Journalist Kurtis to present ‘Death By Food’ at Moraine Valley College

Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning investigative journalist Bill Kurtis will expose what is behind today’s rising health problems during “Death By Food: How the American Diet is Killing You” at Moraine Valley Community College at 7 p.m. April 28. He will give his presentation in the Dorothy Menker Theater, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy, in Palos Hills. Tickets are $25.
A meet-and-greet reception in the Moraine Business and Conference Center will immediately follow his talk. The college bookstore will sell copies of Kurtis’ “The Prairie Table Cookbook” at the reception. Kurtis is donating all proceeds from this event to Moraine Valley.
During the presentation, Kurtis will lay out his Cold Case File to show the means, motive and opportunity behind why food is over-processed, over-sugared, over-salted, contains too much fat, and is nutrient deplete. He will offer the Healthy Triad as a solution to getting a better food product and nutrients on the tables of American consumers.
With more than 40 years in broadcasting in Chicago and Los Angeles, Kurtis has covered some of history’s biggest stories, including breaking the Agent Orange story in 1978. In 1982, he joined Diane Sawyer on “The CBS Morning News,” where he remained until 1985. Chicagoans know him as half of the WBBM-Channel 2 anchor team of Kurtis and Jacobson. In 1990, he founded Kurtis Productions and began producing programs for the A&E Network, including “Investigative Reports” and “Cold Case Files,” as well as “The New Explorers” for PBS, “Investigating History” for the History Channel and “American Greed” for CNBC. Kurtis also served as the host of A&E’s “American Justice”– the longest-running nonfiction justice series on cable. As an active conservationist, he founded the Tallgrass Beef Company out of Kansas City in 2005 to champion the environment and health benefits of grass-fed cattle ranching.
Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 708-974-5500, or at the Box Office located on the south end of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

—Submitted by Moraine Valley Community College

Good Shepherd hosts fourth fashion show

The Good Shepherd Center, a Hazel Crest-based PAGE-10-2-col-Good-shepAaron Holliday of Homewood models at a past Good Shepherd fashion show. Submitted photo.organization that serves the south suburbs, is on the lookout for adults and children, with and without disabilities for its Fourth Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon.  
The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th Oak Forest.
The event will feature the latest fashion trends from local children and models as they express themselves through the art of fashion with the help of local retailers. Support the mission of GSC in being a community advocate for children and adults, with and without disabilities, by providing support, service, and education that empower individuals and families to lead exceptional lives.
GSC was founded in 1963 as a school for children with disabilities and their families. The Director of Development, Kristen Bonk says GSC was a pioneer in serving children at that time, as educational/therapy programs were rare for young children in their first critical five years of life.
“Since that time, the agency has evolved into a multi-service agency now serving children and adults with and without disabilities as well as their families.” Bonk said.
Tickets for the Fashion show are $45 for adults and $23 for children 12 and younger. A table of 10 costs $425 and offers priority seating.
Volunteers for the event as well as monetary or gift donations for the silent auction are requested.
To reserve a seat or to volunteer, call Bonk at 708-335-0020 Ext 20 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
One of GSC’s most sought after programs is its In-home Respite Care Program.
“While it’s not an entitlement program, it does provide short-term, intermittent care to persons with developmental disabilities in their natural family, guardian, or foster family home; thereby affording relief to the primary caregiver,” Bonk said.
  The GSC Respite Care Program serves individuals who live in south Suburban Cook and northern Will counties, as well as families that reside in the Chicago neighborhoods of Mt. Greenwood and Beverly. There is no age limit for services, but onset of a disability must be prior to age 18. A client must have a developmental diagnosis of Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, or intellectual disability.
Any eligible family may obtain additional information and/or initiate the enrollment process by contacting Good Shepherd Center’s Respite Care Family Coordinator Mary Ellen McLoughlin at 708-335-0020 Ext. 22 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  
--Submitted by Good Shepherd Center

Park districts receive state grants

  • Written by Bob Rakow

The Hickory Hills and Oak Lawn park districts won state grants on Saturday that will allow them to move forward with significant improvements designed to improve recreation in both communities.
  This is the first time the Hickory Hills Park District has won a state grant, said Director Jennifer Fullerton.
  “We’re very excited,” Fullerton said.
  The district won $390,000 matching grant that will be used for improvements at Kasey Meadow Park, 8047 W. 91st Place.
  The district plans to spend $787,000 to install a half-mile walking trail at the park that will begin at the parking lot and extend to the baseball fields and splash pad before returning to the Cynthia Neal Center.
  Fullerton said the path is an important addition because runners and walkers currently are forced onto the street during their laps.
  “We’ve got a lot of joggers and walkers,” she said.
  The funding also will be used to make the 17-acre park more American Disabilities Act-compliant, Fullerton said. Specifically, additional ADA-compliant seating will be built near the baseball diamonds.
  The district also plans to add outdoor fitness stations near 91st Street and 82nd Avenue. The cloisters of equipment will enhance the workout for walkers and runners, Fullerton said.
  Finally, two splash pads and playgrounds and will be demolished and replaced. The new playground equipment will be selected based partially on the recommendations of children who use the park.
  “This is exciting for them” Fullerton said.
  The district also held a community meeting and met with regular users when it prepared its grant proposal.
  Winning state grants is becoming routine for the Oak Lawn Park District, which has won several state grants over the past decade.
  This year, the district won a $400,000 grant that it will use to help fund significant improvements at Worthbrook Park, 90th Street and Ridgeland Avenue.
  Improvements include construction of a new skate park and installation of a walking path, new splash pads and new family picnic shelter.
  “We’ll be starting as soon as possible,” Park Director Maddie Kelly said.
  Plans also call for the addition of a new basketball court that will accommodate three hoops, new LED lights and a rain garden.
  Kelly said researching and preparing the written grant proposal requires a lot of work.
  “It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it when you get a check for $400,000,” she said.
  The state awarded grants totaling $16.5 million to 46 park and playground projects statewide. The 46 were chosen from among hundreds of application from park and recreation throughout the state.
  The projects are financed through the state’s Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program, which is administered by the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources.
  Grants have been awarded each year since 1986. It is funded through the Real Estate Transfer Tax, which is part of every property sale in Illinois.

Hannum students raise more than $18K for cancer research


  Hannum Elementary School hosted its secondPAGE-8-2-col-haircutThird grader Camila Nateras raised more than $2,000 as a shavee and also donated her hair to Locks of Love. Submitted photo. “Shave for a Cure” this past Friday night, March 14, raising over $18,000. That is $2,000 more than last year.
  “We had about 63 shavees, 30 dancers and so many people there to support this wonderful event,” said Hannum School Principal Anne Marie McGovern. “We even had one brave girl who shaved her head, along with raising over $2,000 herself, we were also able to donate her hair to Locks of Love!”
  The shavees were escorted into the gym by a professional Bagpiper. “Staley Da Bear” showed up to help shave some heads and sign autographs, and the 30 dancers on stage kept the party rolling as they danced the night away.