March is National Nutrition Month, a campaign focused on encouraging Americans to eat healthier and get more physically active. T.F. South recognized this health observance by offering free breakfast smoothies to students before school last week and providing Zumba instruction to students during physical education classes this week. The smoothie giveaway and Zumba classes were part of the school’s efforts for the Fuel Up to Play 60, a national initiative to get students to live healthier lifestyles.
T.F. South will also host a Zumbathon fundraising event sometime in April to raise awareness about the importance of staying physically active. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help finance a healthy after-school snack program for athletes and other students that stay late for extracurricular activities. We would like to send a special thanks to the staff that made the school’s National Nutrition Month activities successful including Bob Padjen, Tim Cocco, Sandy Shaughnessy, Chef Robert Davis and Peggy Banks.
Congratulations to Tayah Brent and Melissa Garcia, two honor roll students from T.F. North who were selected to participate in the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Language. Tayah, a musician and dancer with a 3.5 grade point average, will go to Mexico. Melissa, a three-sport athlete ranked second in her class, will stay with a host family in Spain for the duration of the seven-week program. These students have less than 60 days to raise $4,500 a piece to pay for their airfare and program fees. The girls will conduct fundraisers and ask family, friends, and teachers for donations. Individuals interested in donating to help these deserving, high-achieving students spend their summer abroad for this excellent cultural and leadership development opportunity may contact Allison Braasch at (708) 585-1018 or Juanita Medina at (708) 585-1032.
Principal Dwayne Evans is inviting business professionals to participate in T.F. North’s seventh annual Career Day, which will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. March 26 to help students learn more about various career opportunities. Those interested in participating should contact Tameka Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents of prospective students that were not able to attend one of our school open houses this year may view our virtual tours to explore our campuses and view the amenities that our schools have to offer. Visit the district website www.tfd215.org to take our interactive campus virtual tours.
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 email@example.com.