Category: Education

Annual “Warm Fuzzies” community-service project

Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association (AARTA) members peruse the more than 111 fleece blankets and quilts which were hand-crafted in an annual “Warm Fuzzies” community-service project. From left are Dick Schindel, Aurora, AARTA president; Linda Weiss, Batavia; Eva Balek, Aurora, project coordinator; and Marilyn Ruby, Geneva. Blankets were collected at...

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Aurora Regional Fire Museum expands hours

For the first time in more than two years, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum will expand its operational hours. Summer hours at the Fire Museum will run through Labor Day. During this time, the Museum will expand its hours to include Wednesdays. The Museum will be open for visitors to...

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Parkland five teens formed #NeverAgain movement

First of two parts J.J. McCorvey, of FastCompany contributed the following article which brings up to date the fatal shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. February 14. “Cameron Kasky recalls the eerie realization that descended upon the kids huddled in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSP) High School...

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The Heroin Highway

Kane County Sheriff, Don Kramer, discusses the Heroin Highway at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Highways heading west from the West Side of Chicago, a central hub, are known as the Heroin Highway. Kramer answered questions and explained how law enforcement is working...

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Free courses on English as Second Language at APL

By Anthony Stanford –  What’s going on with English as a Second Language (ESL) and U.S. citizenship classes at Aurora Public Library (APL)? Well, the correct answer is there is plenty. That’s right, the free courses sponsored by APL and taught by instructors from the College of DuPage to help...

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East Aurora School District 131 introduces superintendent

The East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education Tuesday introduced Dr. Jennifer Norrell as superintendent of schools at East Aurora High School. Norrell, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction, assessments, and grants for Bloom Township High School District 206 in Chicago Heights, will start in her new role July 1....

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Chapa LaVia speaker at Grace Center graduation

Grace Holistic Center for Education in Yorkville is excited to announce its first graduating classes. The 2018 commencement includes the first high school and eighth grade graduations for Grace School. Founder and director, Tairi Grace, said, “Our School focuses not only on excellent academics, but also mindfulness, mental well being,...

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Reader’s Commentary: Recalling the storied existence of St. Peter school in Aurora

By Don Jungels –  I read with interest in the May 10 issue of The Voice that Our Lady of Good Counsel, St. Therese, St. Joseph, and St. Peter were consolidating to become one school in the next school year. How sad! The new name for all four will be...

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Sugar Grove Chamber has scholarships

Sugar Grove Chamber has scholarships The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry is offering and accepting applications for 2018 scholarships for graduating high school seniors. The scholarships are awarded, by committee selection, from received applications by individuals residing in the Sugar Grove community. The scholarship applications, with requirements, are...

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West Aurora School Board vacancy for one year

The West Aurora School District 129 is accepting submittals of those interested to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of the Board seat of Amie Thompson. The individual selected will serve on the School Board from the dates of June 18 through April 15, 2019. The candidate questionnaire can...

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Estate planning information at Rotary Club of Aurora

Rotary Club of Aurora past presidents Abby Chiesa and Ron Hem share estate planning information at the Rotary Club of Aurora Monday at Two Brothers Roundhouse. Both Chiesa and Hem are attorneys who practice law in areas including estate planning, estate administration, and commercial and residential real estate. Jason Crane/The...

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Fizz, Boom, Read Summer at Yorkville program

The Yorkville Public Library Youth Service Department will have many events in June. All events will take place at the Library, 902 Game Farm Road, unless otherwise noted. For more information, or to register, call 630-553-4354 or visit www.yorkville.lib.il.us. • Yorkville Public Library Summer reading program: FIZZ, BOOM, READ will...

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Sydney Berenyi of Oswego High School, art competition winner

U.S. congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) announced recently the 14th District winner of the 2018 congressional art competition is Sydney Berenyi of Oswego High School. Her piece, “Lily,” won out of the 57 submitted from the District. The winning artwork piece will hang on display in the U.S. Capitol for one...

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IMSA to honor three distinguished alumni for excellence

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) recently announced three alumni award winners, two Distinguished Leadership Awardees and one Titan Awardee, who are innovators in biomedical, extreme environment robotics and science fiction and fantasy writing. The honorees will be recognized at a ceremony on IMSA’s campus Friday, May 25 at...

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Aurora Museum Week June 17-23 special inaugural splash

Aurora Downtown will hold an inaugural Aurora Museum Week this year June 17-23. Brian Failing made the announcement at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum during the inaugural Fox River Arts Ramble April 21. Failing, executive director of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, debuted the event poster created by artist and...

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Tony Baker Plano superintendent

The Plano School District Board of Education announced that Mr. Tony Baker was officially approved May 8 as the new superintendent of schools effective July 1, 2018. Baker was unanimously approved at the special Board meeting. Board president Tim Campbell said, “Mr. Baker has administrative experience and an amazing track...

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Iconic Marie Wilkinson collection unveiled at Santori

By Anthony Stanford –  Aurora’s First Fridays event May 4 brought the largest food truck festival in the city’s history to its burgeoning downtown. The event offered an array of entertainment, including art, music, and pop-up events. At the Santori Public Library, the event had special significance because not only...

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Marmion Academy’s Flannigan Rifles finished in fifth place overall in the Nation

Twenty teams competed for the National High School Drill Team competition May 5-6 in Daytona, Fla.. Marmion Academy’s Flannigan Rifles finished in fifth place overall in the Nation and pose for a photo. Flannigan Rifles Drill Team has placed in the top five the last 10 years. Inspection took third...

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Three East Aurora students in State History Day

Three students from East Aurora High School recently qualified to compete in the 2018 Illinois History Day competition May 3 in Springfield. State History Day qualifiers include Sam Stade and Sebastian Valerio, whose documentary on the Haymarket Riot qualified for the competition. The third state qualifier is sophomore Sama Kreidi,...

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