Category: Education

East Aurora receives honors

East Aurora School District 131 is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the ninth Annual AP® (Advanced Placement) District Honor Roll. To be included on the ninth annual honor roll, District 131 had to, since 2016, increase...

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West Aurora receives artifact

West Aurora High School this year celebrates 150 years! Alongside the historic feat, School District 129 received what may be one of the school’s oldest artifacts ever donated. A diploma dating back to 1885 was given to the School District by Steve Lee in honor of his brother-in-law, Lambert Kern,...

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Strike ends for Geneva teachers

The teachers strike in Geneva School District 304 to speed up negotiations came to a conclusion last weekend with a tentative agreement. Two-thirds of the teachers voted Monday to accept the agreement and return to schools. The agreement was for five years. Prolonged negotiations and the strike which started Tuesday,...

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Marilyn Weisner holds a plaque presented to her husband, the Thomas J. Weisner Award for Excellence in Education Collaboration, at Saturday’s We Care Together Party and Auction at the Santori Library of Aurora. He was the first recipient. Left is John Savage, president of the Aurora Public Library Board, and Daisy Porter Reynolds, the APL executive director. Submitted photo

New: Thomas J. Weisner Award

By Miriam Meza –  The Aurora Public Library and Foundation offers to thanks to everyone for attending the We Care Together Party and Auction December 1. It was a night full of laughter and joy, giving to a great cause, and honoring of members within our community. One of the...

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Retired teachers still care: Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association (AARTA) donates approximately 300 hats, mittens, and scarves to Communities in Schools (CIS) Aurora officials for distribution to needy kids. From left are Dick Schindel, AARTA president; Kathy Navota, AARTA Supports Kids co-chair; Faith Lashure, president, CIS; and Theresa Shoemaker, CIS executive director. Al Benson/The Voice

Retired teachers still care:

Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association (AARTA) donates approximately 300 hats, mittens, and scarves to Communities in Schools (CIS) Aurora officials for distribution to needy kids. From left are Dick Schindel, AARTA president; Kathy Navota, AARTA Supports Kids co-chair; Faith Lashure, president, CIS; and Theresa Shoemaker, CIS executive director. Al Benson/The...

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Santa and two elves, who pose for photos, are expected to be in attendance Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Aurora Public Library West Branch open house. Submitted photo

Family-friendly holiday spirit at Aurora West Branch

By Miriam Meza –  With the holidays right around the corner, what better way to get into the holiday spirit than to attend the Aurora Public Library West Branch holiday open house? This family-friendly event will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Aurora Public Library’s...

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German for kids

The Plano Community Library, 15 W. North Street, will be host to many events in December. For more information and to register, visit www.planolibrary.info or call 630-552-2009. Kids events: • German for Kids, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.. This play group is targeted to age three to...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Giving Tuesday continues all year, including a special weekend

Whew! The requests for Giving Tuesday filled the E-mail in-box in more than a few corners, no doubt. There are many good causes and the need is great. We should appreciate those who depend on charitable giving to be sustained. The need exceeds one day. First it was Black Friday,...

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Arlene Hawks, executive director of SciTech Hands On Museum in Aurora, shares plans with members of the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. The museum in downtown Aurora with approximately 200 hands-on exhibits, recently celebrated 30 years of educating students of all ages. Founding director Ernest Malamud, a Fermilab physicist, envisioned an inspiring space to introduce people of all ages to science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Hawks, a former teacher and theater director at East Aurora High School, hopes partnerships and funding from Fox Valley businesses and organizations will continue to help the Museum develop fresh, interactive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) exhibits. She was happy to report the museum traffic has increased by 40%.

SciTech Hands On Museum in Aurora recently celebrated 30 years of educating students

Arlene Hawks, executive director of SciTech Hands On Museum in Aurora, shares plans with members of the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. The museum in downtown Aurora with approximately 200 hands-on exhibits, recently celebrated 30 years of educating students of all ages. Founding director...

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The Scarecrow, Dorothy, and The Tin Man perform at the Wizard of Oz during the run which will end January 6, 2019. The Aurora Public Library will be host to Page to Stage presented by the Paramount School of the Arts Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Santori Public Library of Aurora. Courtesy of Paramount Theatre

The Wizard of Oz: Page to Stage at Santori Library

By Miriam Meza –  Follow the yellow brick road to downtown Aurora where you will find the Wizard of Oz, not only at the Paramount Theatre, but through programs and scavenger hunts. We have seen this Wizard of Oz theme play out throughout the Aurora downtown area and we can’t...

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Grace Holistic Center for Education (GHCFE) middle school students’ project includes creating a wall of memorial for Anne Frank’s story and the Holocaust. Danielle Reuterskiold photo

Memorial created for Anne Frank’s story

By Jaelyn Rounds –  This year, Grace Holistic Center for Education (GHCFE) middle school students in Yorkville are creating a wall of memorial for Anne Frank’s story and the Holocaust. This will be the wrap-up on the end of a unit lesson. Rather than expressing depressing parts of the time,...

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State students receive honors

The top students representing Illinois’ colleges and universities were honored by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois during the annual Student Laureate Convocation Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield. Each Fall, an outstanding senior from each of the State’s four-year degree-granting colleges and universities...

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Ashlei N. Ross of Plainfield receives honors as one of the top college students in Illinois

Ashlei N. Ross of Plainfield receives honors as one of the top college students in Illinois

Ashlei N. Ross of Plainfield, third from left, a senior at Northeastern Illinois University, receives honors as one of the top college students in Illinois by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois during the annual Student Laureate ceremony November 17 at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield. From...

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State School Board votes no on gun plan

A proposed resolution calling for the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) to support legislation that would provide school boards the option to decide if they would allow for properly trained staff members to be armed in school buildings as part of the districts’ overall student safety and protection plans...

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Brian Caputo appointed interim College of DuPage president

College of DuPage Board of Trustees unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Brian W. Caputo, vice president of administration and CFO at the College, as the new interim president. Dr. Caputo will begin January 1, 2019 to replace outgoing president Dr. Ann Rondeau, who will step down at the end of...

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The winning ofrenda at the Santori Library was from St. Augustine College. Submitted photo

St. Augustine College ofrenda wins Santori competition

By Miriam Meza –  First Fridays continues to thrive at the Aurora Public Library (APL) when this month’s theme was Day of the Dead, which featured the fourth annual ofrenda competition! The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a celebration in Latin America that has become...

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East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education and AFT Local 604 sign three-year contract (2018-2021)

East Aurora School District 131 Board, AFT Local 604, sign three-year contract

Gerry Mestek, president of East Aurora Council of American Federation of Teachers Local 604 holds the signed contract after he and East Aurora School Board president Annette Johnson signed the document at the East Aurora School Board District 131 meeting Monday, Nov. 5 at East Aurora High School. Executive assistant...

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The Diwali celebration display at Eola Road Branch Library will be a part of the event 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Submitted photo

Diwali celebration at Aurora Public Library Eola Branch

By Anthony Stanford –  Aurora Public Library (APL) will be host to the 2018 Diwali celebration from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Eola Road Branch. Diwali, or Hindu Festival of Lights, is India’s largest annual celebration and one of the most celebrated and well-attended festivals...

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