Last school year District 215 was one of 36 recipients that received funding from the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program, administered through the Illinois State Board of Education.
Through this program, the district partnered with several nonprofit organizations and local businesses to provide high-quality academic, recreational, and personal enrichment activities for Thornton Fractional North, T.F. South, and the T.F. Center for Academics & Technology students and their families for free.
More than 400 students and their families participated in our 21st century programs, some of which included Zumba, cooking, gardening, and college access workshops during the 2012-2013 school year. One of our nonprofit partner agencies, the True Star Foundation, provided journalism and photography workshops for students led by industry professionals.
In addition to offering an outlet to display their creativity, the True Star programs taught students technical and transferable skills that will prove useful for pursuing careers in the visual and communication arts. True Star students conducted interviews with professional musicians, songwriters, television personalities, and athletes, and toured production studios at WGN Chicago and the Chicago Tribune. This talented group of young people also worked as contributors on the spring/summer 2013 issue of True Star Magazine, which can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/10y5p4I, as writers, photographers and models. Star athletes and recent graduates Kade’jah Stephens, of T.F. North, and Blake Tisza, of T.F. South, were also prominently featured in this edition of the magazine for their athletic prowess in bowling and wrestling, respectively.
Fortunately, funding for the 21st Century program was not wiped out by federal funding cuts and activities will be available to District 215 students and their families in the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. Staff will be available from 1-7 p.m. from Aug. 5-8 during book pick up times to register those interested in participating in programming. Additional details regarding book pick up dates will be forthcoming but you may contact the main offices at T.F. North and T.F. South for more information. Contact Tammy Johnson at (708) 585-2383 regarding the district’s 21st Century programs.