|www.cusd200.org||April 24, 2015|
Team Pleasant Hill Cares and Shares
Did you know that 21,449 children in DuPage County are living in poverty? That's nearly 10% of the entire population of children living in DuPage. In District 200, approximately 1 in 4 children qualify for a free or reduced lunch. Last year, Terese Janik, a Pleasant Hill mom of three children and school PTA board member, asked the school social worker about student and family needs at the school so the PTA could help. After learning that a good number of students at Pleasant Hill and other District 200 schools were hungry, Janik knew she had to help.
Janik, along with several other Pleasant Hill parents, began a Nutrition Sharing Program at the school. "It's not a child's fault if they are hungry," says Janik. "As adults, if we can help, then we have an obligation to help. The kids in our community are all of our kids."
What started as a food collection drive two to four days per month, quickly evolved into something even bigger. Janik and her group began partnering with the Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) and learned through that partnership, they could make an even bigger impact. While collecting food at the school can make a difference, collecting money can make a huge impact. Through the NIFB, a $1 donation is worth $8 in groceries and $5 can feed a child for an entire week.
As a result of the group's ongoing efforts, 33 families received Thanksgiving meals, 30 families received winter holiday meals, families in the entire community had free access to a mobile food pantry and countless additional daytime snacks and meals were provided.
Earlier this month, the team Pleasant Hill Cares participated in NIFB's Foodie 5K to continue raising money and awareness about hunger in our community. Participation in the Foodie 5K, along with a generous donation of $11,000 from 100+ Women Who Care DuPage, generated a total of $19,000 in fundraising - or $152,000 in food.
Due to the generosity of the entire community, Janik's group will be able to enhance the Nutrition Sharing Program at Pleasant Hill as well as assist other District 200 schools in their development of Nutrition Sharing Programs. Anyone interested in contacting Terese Janik about starting a program at your school can email her at email@example.com.
June 8 - Tentative Last Day of School
Pending approval at the May 13 Board of Education meeting, the tentative last day of school is Monday, June 8, 2015.
New E-School Bag Postings (Week of 4/20)
Wheaton North High School Presents: West Side Story
The Center for Gift – Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder – Innovative Summer Programs
Lincoln PTA Fundraiser – Chili’s Give Back Program
The YMCA – Healthy Kids Day
Wheaton Warrenville South HS Spring Art Show
Chicago’s Christian Profession Ballet Company Presents: Ballet 5:8
Take the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge
Wiesbrook PTA – Tiger Trot 5K Race and Fun Run
Camp Naper Summer Camp 2015
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CUSD 200 In the News…
Upcoming Board Meetings
Wed., April 29 at 5:30 p.m.
School Service CenterTo view Board Meeting Agendas, highlights from previous Board Meetings and more, click here.
Seating of New Board Members & Board Reorganization
Wed., May 13 at 7:30 p.m.
School Service Center
Wed., May 27 at 7:30 p.m.
School Service Center
Committee of the Whole
Going out to eat? Support our local PTAs. Click HERE for a full listing of Cook’s Night Out events.
Wheaton North Presents - Westside Story
Wed. 4/30, Fri. 5/1, Sat. 5/2 at 7:00 p.m. For ticket information, contact Brian.Phillips@cusd200.org or 630/784-7300 ext. 8495 Event Flier
WWS Spring Art Show
Thursday May 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. in the WWS Library. Artwork displayed from 2nd semester students includes painting, photography, architectural models, drawing, computer generated artwork, collages, jewelry, and ceramics.
|Erica Loiacono | Director of Public Relations