Join us! Read to children in shelters and centers during the month of March for NEA’s Read Across America and KDP’s Literacy Alive!
The Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 will have student Science Fairs in our schools during 2018. We would like to invite you to participate with our young scientists by judging our student’s work as they present to you their Science Fair Projects. You do not have to be a scientist to participate! We begin the judging with an informational presentation where you will receive an explanation of our judging rubric. We will then adjourn to the gymnasium for approximately an hour where each judge will be assigned four to five students to judge.
The dates and schools are listed below of our upcoming fairs. Please let us know your availability to judge either by emailing Annmarie Goodman: email@example.com or calling 708-668-9417. We thank you in advance for your commitment to our students!
Friday, February 9, 2018 (4th-8th 12:00-2:30pm): Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts
Thursday, April 26, 2018 (K-2 Class projects 9:30-10:30am) (3rd 9:30-10:30am): 21st Century Primary Center
Friday, May 4, 2018 (K-2 Class projects 9:00-10:30am) (3rd 9:00-10:30am): Blackhawk Primary Center
Friday, April 27, 2018 (K-2 Class projects 1:00-2:30pm) (3rd 1:00-2:30pm): Mohawk Primary Center
From the office of Dr. Caletha White – Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services
Park Forest ~ Chicago Heights School District 163
Collection: January 29 thru February 21
Sorting and Packing event: Tuesday, February 27
Story written by Jessica Dunahoo 1.7.18
The Student Education Association (SEA) at Governors State University will be organizing a disaster relief project funded by a National Education Association (NEA) grant. This event will benefit residents of Texas affected by the hurricanes in fall 2017. Thousands of people lost everything including: their homes, clothing, books, and basic school supplies. This project and grant focuses on helping South Houston High School, along with their students, teachers, and families. SEA at GSU will be collaborating with the high school, NEA retired teachers, and the SEA chapter at San Jacinto College.
The first goal of the event is to ameliorate the outside area at South Houston High School (SHHS). The outside area used for lunch and classes was damaged by the hurricane. Money received from the grant will be used to purchase paint, trees, shrubs, and picnic tables. Teachers at SHHS and students in the SEA at San Jacinto College, as well as other people in the community, will spend a day in February installing the picnic tables, planting trees, and painting the outside wall in order to create at least one beautiful area at the school that students, teachers, and the community can enjoy.
The second goal of the disaster relief project is to collect school supplies, as well as personal care items, to be donated to school children in Texas. The donation drive for this event will take place between January 29 and February 21, 2018. Items for this project will can be dropped off at the SEA office (G228) or in one of the donation boxes in G building, 2nd floor until February 21st. The culminating event of this project will take place on Tuesday, February 27th from 3-5pm in the G Atrium/Lobby. At this time, SEA members, faculty, and other volunteers will work together to sort items and package them for transport to Texas.
Donations: we are accepting only certain items that are listed on the flyer (please do not drop off other stuff). We are also accepting cash donations to purchase paint, trees, and shrubs.
For more information, please visit the SEA at GSU website and social media. If you have any questions, or would like to donate or volunteer, please contact the student officers or faculty advisors organizing this project.
Student leaders: Jessica White (firstname.lastname@example.org), Reyna Hernandez (email@example.com)
Faculty advisors: Dr. Katy Hisrich (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr. Xiaobo She (email@example.com), Dr. Amy Vujaklija (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Student Education Association (SEA) at Governors State University (GSU) completed a community service project on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. The event, #HashtagLunchbag, was sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Education Association (IEA). The event was organized and led by Stephanie Henning, Brianna Fabsits, and Dr. Katy Hisrich. #Hashtag Lunchbag is a nationwide humanity service movement dedicated to empowering and inspiring people by showing the benefits of paying it forward. The #HashtagLunchbag event was a great community outreach opportunity for all students, faculty, and staff to make a difference in their community.
Our team used funds from the IEA grant to purchase supplies for the lunches. Additionally, we collected over $150.00 worth of food and supplies from faculty, staff, and students at GSU. Students and faculty used an assembly line to make a variety of sandwiches (turkey, ham, PB&J), as well as bag the lunches with snacks and dessert. Notes with positive messages written by students were included in the lunch bags.
More than 250 bagged lunches were created and donated to both a local homeless and domestic violence shelter. Half of the lunches were donated to South Suburban PADS in Country Club Hills, located at 4411 West Gatling Blvd. This is a nonprofit organization established in 1990 as a response to the growing number of homeless individuals and families in Chicago’s south suburbs. They have served over 15,000 men, women, and children by providing shelter, housing units, support services, and employment services. The other half of the lunches were donated to Bethel Family Resource Center, located at 1250 Portland Avenue in Chicago Heights. This organization was formed to strengthen low-income families by providing the tools needed to have an improved quality of life and become economically stable and self-sufficient. The shelter offers a day care center, medical clinic, pharmacy, and study rooms. These establishments assist individuals and families as they work towards improving their living conditions.
Visit the website at https://www.hashtaglunchbag.org for more information on this organization. To view photos of the event, visit the SEAatGSU Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SEAatGSU/ and the SEAatGSU website at https://seaatgsu.wordpress.com/.
~Story written by Jessica Dunahoo
Photos from #HashtagLunchbag on 10.24.17
Story written by: Jessica Dunahoo
The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (KDP) at Governors State University are organizing a political action event, Education for Sustainability, on Monday, November 6th, 2017 from 3:00-5:00pm in the E-lounge. This event will include guest speakers on homelessness, domestic violence, long-term illness and disasters. The speakers will focus on children and families who are having personal difficulties or are in traumatic situations and discuss how these circumstances affect their learning, health, and well-being. Additionally, they will provide strategies for educators, social workers, and psychologists on working with these populations. This is extremely beneficial to future and current teachers and psychologists, who will be equipped with new knowledge and ways of thinking which are necessary to improve our community. Michelle Westergaard and Brianna Fabsits, student leaders of SEA and KDP, are planning and organizing this event with the assistance of Dr. Megan McCaffrey and Dr. Marlon Cummings, faculty advisors for the SEA and KDP.
According to Covenant House, 194,716 people were homeless in 61,265 families with children, representing 35 percent of the total homeless population in 2016.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 3.2% of children aged 5-11 have missed 11 or more days of school in the past 12 months because of illness/injury.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention expresses that children experience more mental stress from disasters as a result from feeling less of a sense of control.
According to the Domestic Violence Roundtable, 3-4 million children between the ages of 3-17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year.
To RSVP, contact Michelle Westergaard, email@example.com.
For more information, contact Brianna Fabsits, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join SEA & KDP in packing bagged lunches for those in need! Volunteer or donate items!
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 3:00-5:00 PM in the G Atrium/Lobby at Governors State University
#HashtagLunchbag is a national movement started in Los Angeles which aims to empower humanity with the tools to create & benefit from organized acts of love. www.hashtaglunchbag.org
We will join the movement by packing lunches which will be delivered to a local homeless and domestic violence shelter. All are welcome to help!
Donations needed by Friday, October 20th: individual bags of chips, individual bags of cookies or crackers, individual mayonnaise packets, individual mustard packets. Place all donations outside Dr. Katy Hisrich’s office, G236.
For information, to donate, or to volunteer, contact Stephanie Henning, email@example.com
More information: flyer, #Hashtag lunchbag 10.24.17 – SEA vF
~This event is sponsored in part by an IEA grant awarded to SEA. It is organized by Brianna Fabsits, Stephanie Henning, and Dr. Katy E. Hisrich. #IEAHelpsOut~
SEA THEME FOR AY17-18#SEAatGSU
Story written by: Erin Peterson 10/2/17
The Student Education Association (SEA) at Governors State University (GSU) is organizing a community service event, #HashtagLunchbag, on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 3-5pm in the G Atrium/Lobby. This event is sponsored by an Illinois Education Association grant. Not only is this a local event, but it is also a nationwide event. #HashtagLunchbag is a humanity service movement dedicated to empowering and inspiring people by showing the benefits of paying it forward. We will be creating bagged lunches, complete with sandwiches and snacks. Lunches will be delivered to local homeless and domestic violence shelters. Being involved with this event is a great community outreach experience for all students, staff, and community members. All are welcome to volunteer. Visit the website at: http://www.hashtaglunchbag.org
For more information and to get involved, contact Brianna Fabsits firstname.lastname@example.org, Stephanie Henning at email@example.com, or Dr. Katy Hisrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Student Education Association at Governors State University (#SEAatGSU) is hosting a #HashtagLunchbag Event to help people at local homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters. This event is funded by a grant from the Illinois Education Association (#IEA). Dr. Katy E. Hisrich (Assistant Professor in Education) and Erin Peterson (Student Leader of SEA and Student in Early Childhood Education) are organizing and leading this event.
Volunteers will make sandwiches and cards, as well as pack the bags. We welcome students, faculty, and staff at GSU, as well as members of the community.
This event takes place on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 3-5pm at Governors State University in the southern suburbs of Chicago, IL. To RSVP or for more information, contact Erin Peterson: email@example.com
#IEAHelpsOut #IEAFutureTeachers #GovSt #NEA #FutureTeachers #communityservice #HandsOutToBuildUp
Admission: bag of pet food. The event will have family games, live music, food, vendors, contests, events, etc. Bring family, friends, and pets!
**Want to volunteer? We need people to set-up/clean-up, artists, DJs, photographers, military or police dog trainer, pet vendors. We also need donations of pet supplies and items to raffle, like gift cards.
Contact us! Gwen Medrano firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Katy E. Hisrich email@example.com
#OTPetPalooza #PetParty #SEAatGSU #GovSt #savetheanimals #pets #petowners #petfest