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D.215 students raise funds for disability awareness

2013-11-15T00:00:00Z D.215 students raise funds for disability awarenessIyana Mason Times Columnist nwitimes.com
November 15, 2013 12:00 am  • 

In 1945, Congress designated the first National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week during the first week in October to bring greater awareness to the contributions of individuals with disabilities to the workforce.

In 1988 the proclamation was extended to the entire month of October and the name of the observation was changed to National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Last month, T.F. North SUCCESS Program and mock trial students sold disability awareness pins to students and staff. From 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 20, students participating in the T.F. South chapter of the Best Buddies club will be servers at the Lansing Culver’s, 17010 Torrence Ave. A portion of the dinners purchased during the event will be donated to the T.F. South Best Buddies Club. Best Buddies, affiliated with the international nonprofit organization Best Buddies, creates opportunities for one-on-one friendships between students with intellectual disabilities and non-disabled student volunteers. Contact T.F. South guidance counselor Jennifer Anderson-Murray at (708) 585-2022 or janderson@tfd215.org for more information about the Best Buddies fundraising event.

Family Reading Night is a statewide event, sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, which encourages families to spend quality time together. Family reading events also represent a great way to improve the literacy skills of children and their parents. T.F. North is hosting its first Family Reading Night on Nov. 21. This event will take place in the T.F. North Library from 6 to 8 p.m. and is open to the public. T.F. North students will volunteer their time to read to toddlers and participants will also play games such as Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble. Librarian Paulette Wall is spearheading this initiative and may be reached at pwall@tfd215.org or (708) 585-1029 with questions.

T.F. South is hosting its annual Fall Choir Concert on Nov. 20. The concert will start at 6:30 p.m. and will feature the school’s chorale and advanced choirs. Admission is free and open to the public. We encourage you to stop by Culver’s on Nov. 20 to pick some great food from one of Lansing’s most popular casual dining restaurants and then later that evening head over to the T.F. South auditorium to hear great music by our talented young people.

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