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Richards students work with state attorneys and more


Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office counsels Richards students

Recently, Richards High School Youth and Government faculty sponsor Rachael Dovgin formed a partnership with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to counsel her students.

The group visited the Richards campus to mentor female students interested in careers in law and other professions.

Dovgin’s former student, Amy Linman, who attended Youth and Government as a student, today works in the State Attorney’s Office. She reached out to offer assistance to Richard’s students.

“The evening started with a Q&A panel where students were given advice on the professional world, and then moved on to individual partnerships and discussion. Students will be able to maintain this connection throughout their college and post-college careers and offer support and guidance along their path,” Dovgin said.

Tinley Park High School staff raises $2K for Project Fire Buddies

Tinley Park High School staff members Lauren Brazel, left, and Shannon Gormley led a recent fundraising effort for Project Fire Buddies that brought in $2,000 for the nonprofit. (School District 228)

Tinley Park High School staff recently came together to support Project Fire Buddies after special education teacher Lauren Brazel and counselor Shannon Gormley created a gift card basket on behalf of TPHS for the organization’s raffle.

The initial goal of $500 was quickly surpassed, and the basket effort raised $2,000 for Project Fire Buddies, an organization based in Oak Forest that provides support to families facing challenges similar to those of Brazel’s son Frankie, according to a statement from the school. A person struggling with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and other conditions.

“Project Fire Buddies has done so much for our family, and we wanted to be able to give back,” Brazel said.

The school’s athletic teams joined the initiative by contributing gift items to two raffle baskets donated to the organization for the Feb. 10 gala.

Stagg students fill the van with winter donations

Stagg High School students went on a heartwarming mission this winter, filling a van to the brim with bundles of warmth. Students contributed more than 150 coats, each with new gloves and hats, to All Kids Matter, a Chicago-based foundation that helps families in need.

Winter supplies were collected through the school’s Service Learning program and distributed at events coordinated by foundation president Michael Airhart in collaboration with Chance the Rapper, such as Taste for The Homeless’ Winterfest, an event for Chicago’s homeless and low-income communities. Apart from providing them with a day full of fun and entertainment, it also provides them with the basic needs of life.

McAuley students work with Mercy Circle residents on service project

Anne McAuley junior Julissa Gonzalez and Mercy Circle resident Betty Jean Bischel laugh as they decorate candy bags to be donated to Pat's Pantry.  (Circle of Mercy)
Anne McAuley junior Julissa Gonzalez and Mercy Circle resident Betty Jean Bischel laugh as they decorate candy bags to be donated to Pat’s Pantry. (Circle of Mercy)

Students from the Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School Women’s Justice Society visited Chicago’s Mt. He joined Mercy Circle residents at Mercy Circle in the Greenwood neighborhood.

MACs with Mercy brings together McAuley students and Mercy Circle residents to serve the greater community while making new connections. Each month, McAuley students from a different club visit Mercy Circle to spend time with the residents.

“It is wonderful to see residents and students working together and enjoying each other’s company,” said Katie McKirdie, Mercy Circle’s life enrichment coordinator. “Both generations are eager to support the community.”

MVCC plans Civil Service Career Event

A Public Service Career Event for those interested in jobs that serve the community is planned from 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 22 at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. The event is free and registration is not required.

Information will be provided on Moraine Valley’s Career Programs such as Criminal Justice, Fire Academy, Fitness Instructor, Paralegal, Recreational Therapy, and Sports and Recreation Management. Potential employers from Cook County Sheriff’s Police, Illinois State Police and public service organizations such as other police departments, fire departments, park districts and fitness instructors will be on hand to discuss career and employment opportunities. Information is at morainevalley.edu/publicservice.

Brats ‘n Burn is set in Orland Grassland

Orland Grassland Volunteers will celebrate the winter brush clearing season with their annual Brats N’ Burn event Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at Orland Grassland’s Old Farm Road Trail entrance on the west side of the site at Old 175th Street and 104th Avenue.

Once small brush and small trees have been cleared, large brush piles will be burned to clear debris. While they’re being cleaned, sausages will sizzle on the brush pile, green peppers and onions will steam, foil-wrapped potatoes and perhaps sweet apples will be tossed into the hot coals.

The event is geared toward adults who enjoy a good physical exercise in nature, according to a news release. Guidance and tools are provided. More information can be found at www.orlandgrasslandvolunteers. To ensure adequate food and supplies are available, RSVPs are requested by calling Marnie Baker at 708-942-8038 and emailing marnie.baker@gmail.com through her website.

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