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T.F. North juniors seek help to explore Mexico, Spain this summer

2014-04-04T00:00:00Z T.F. North juniors seek help to explore Mexico, Spain this summerIyana Mason Times Columnist nwitimes.com
April 04, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Congratulations to Tayah Brent and Melissa Garcia, two high-performing, high-achieving T.F. North juniors who were selected to participate in the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Language. They have less than 60 days to raise almost $4,500 each to pay for their airfare and fees to participate in the program. Both girls said they will conduct fundraisers and ask relatives, friends, classmates, and teachers for donations.

Tayah’s guidance counselor, Allison Braasch, said the program is “a tremendous cultural, leadership, and growth opportunity for Tayah and Melissa. I hope that our community will rally around these two gifted young women by offering their financial support to help them take advantage of this opportunity.”

Tayah, a dancer and avid musician who plays percussion instruments including the drums, guitar, and piano, is excited to learn more about another culture and enhance her foreign language skills. An honors student with a 3.5 grade point average, she will be placed with a host family in Mexico. Melissa will stay with a host family in Spain for the duration of the seven-week program. A student-athlete, Melissa plays soccer, volleyball, and bowling and has been consistently in the top of her class since her freshman year. She currently is ranked second in her class.

Individuals interested in donating may contact the students’ guidance counselors, Allison Braasch and Juanita Medina at (708) 585-1018 and (708) 585-1032 and via email at abraasch@tfd215.org and jmedina@tfd215.org.

Any public or private school student who is 15 years and three months old by June 1 and resides in the District 215 boundaries may register at the T.F. North, T.F. South, or T.F. Center for Academics and Technology bookstores for driver education courses from 8 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 3 p.m. daily from April 7 through May 10. The total cost is $260, which includes the cost of the course and the learner’s permit.

State law requires that any student who registers for driver training has received a passing grade in at least eight courses during the previous two semesters. Students are required to attend all classes during the summer school driver education program.

Driver education participants will be accommodated by age. Information regarding the steps required to obtain the learner’s permit will be provided during registration. Contact Principal Kent Farlow at (708) 585-2353 to register and for additional information regarding the District 215 driver education program.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. Iyana Mason is the grant writing and communications specialist for Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215. She can be reached at imason@tfd215.org.

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