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CARPENTERSVILLE — Missy Graf of Carpentersville started out reading articles online and in newspapers and magazines about healthy eating more than three years ago. That turned into adding more fruits and vegetables into her family’s diet, Graf said. Her family of five switched to grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and raw milk. “We go straight to the cows. We wave to the cows as we drive past and say, ‘Thanks for the milk,’ ” she said. So she was excited when, last school year, all elementary schools in Community Unit School District 300 took on — and met — the HealthierUS School Challenge. And, Graf said, “I wanted to see if we could take the good nutrition we’re doing at school and try to get that at home.” “If your kids eat breakfast and lunch at school, that’s 10 meals a week at school. That’s less than 20 percent of their nutrition, their eating for the year. So we have to get this home.” The Liberty Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization co-president shared some things the Carpentersville-area school district is doing to continue its healthy efforts at the PTO Council meeting recently at the District 300 Central Office, 300 Cleveland Ave. The PTO Council includes parent leaders from all elementary and middle schools in the district. For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News.

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Food for thought (Sun-Times Media)


ELGIN — When Ken Hudgens was a student at Larsen Middle School, he had two goals: to play basketball in Division 1 and to play basketball for the NBA. Hudgens got as far as a basketball scholarship to Eastern Washington University before, he said, he realized he probably wasn’t good enough to play professionally. On Thursday, he came back to Larsen to tell students about “a lot of weird stuff you can do out there later in life,” he said. And he came with one of the 50 or so monster trucks that are part of Feld Motor Sports, where he now is chief operating officer. That truck, the Mohawk Warrior, will be featured in the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam on Friday through Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. “Thirty years ago, I was sitting where you’re sitting, and I never knew a job like this — that was so much fun — existed,” Hudgens said. Monster trucks average about 12 feet tall — their tires alone are more than 5 feet across — and weigh 5 tons, according to a video he showed students during his presentation. During a Monster Jam, the trucks can fly 40 feet into the air and reach 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds while racing and freestyling over obstacles, the video said. They compete in more than 350 of those events each year in both North America and Europe. Before the Larsen grad’s presentation, students swarmed the black and purple monster truck parked just behind their school, smartphone cameras raised. The vehicle is the first monster truck to sport a tall, jet-black, razor-sharp Mohawk down the roof on its SUV body, according to MonsterJam.com. That matches the hairstyle of its driver, George Balhan. For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News. Photo credit: Michael Smart for Sun-Times Media.

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2012 at 11:21 am

Larsen school students inspired by ‘monster’ truck event (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on February 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

ECC enrollment dips for 3rd semester (Sun-Times Media)

That’s the third WITHIN A MONTH. Parents, this might be a good time to talk about stranger interaction with your kids.

In Uncategorized on February 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Third abduction try reported in Dist. 300 (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Bartlett High reveals plans for its own stadium (Sun-Times Media)

You may remember this as the site Elgin City Manager Sean Stegall said it “remained to be seen” whether Elgin emergency responders actually will use.

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2012 at 9:00 am

ECC trustees OK purchase of Burlington site for new center (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm

ECC Alliance seen as ‘common core standards’ model (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

School districts say proposed state aid hikes not enough (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm

U46 issues alert about recalled eggs (Sun-Times Media)

ELGIN — Three years ago to the day, “it was hanging in the balance,” Elgin Community College President David Sam said. The ECC District 509 Board of Trustees was considering whether to go for a $178 million bond referendum at its Jan. 27, 2009, meeting. The economy had begun to sour, and the community college already had lost a referendum in 2006, Sam said. But its campus at 1700 Spartan Drive needed major infrastructure improvements — especially its library, which was in danger of losing its accreditation, he said. Ultimately, the board pushed for the referendum, and voters passed it by 35 votes. And on Friday — Jan. 27, 2012 — Elgin Community College celebrated the completion of its last major Facilities Master Plan projects on campus with the grand opening of the Renner Academic Library and Learning Resources. “I remember the day after the referendum, somebody asked me, ‘How does it feel to have won by only 35 votes?’ ” Sam said. “My response was very simple: ‘Come and see what we do on campus in three years and see if those votes weren’t worth it — see the treasure that is going to serve the community for many years to come.’ ” The Renner Academic Library and Learning Resources was one of the largest of the Facilities Master Plan projects, budgeted at $26 million for completion in summer 2012. It was completed not just ahead of schedule for the start of the spring semester two weeks ago but also under budget, for $21.5 million, according to college spokesman Jeff Julian. It also was one of the most-needed. The previous library, similarly named the Renner Learning Resources Center, was built in 1970 to accommodate about 2,500 students, Sam noted. (In the 1950s and 1960s, it had been housed in Renner Hall at Elgin High School.) By 2006, enrollment had grown to nearly 12,000; and the Higher Learning Commission, responsible for accreditation, had cited the library as “unsatisfactory,” he said. It was the smallest community college library in the Chicago area — smaller even than many of the middle and high school libraries in the area, he said. And it was the one concern Sam had when he took the position as president five years ago, he said. “That was not going to deter me from coming here, and I’m glad I came to ECC, because we have accomplished nothing short of a miracle,” he said. For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News. Photo credit: Michael Smart for Sun-Times Media.

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

School celebrates new library as a success of 2009 referendum (Sun-Times Media)