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Thornton Fractional students serve their communities

2014-04-18T00:00:00Z Thornton Fractional students serve their communitiesIyana Mason Times Columnist nwitimes.com
April 18, 2014 12:00 am  • 

In recognition of their outstanding work and community service, the T.F. North Student Council received a $250 grant from the Walmart Community Local Facility Grant Program. Faculty adviser Aaron Altenburg worked with his students to complete the application and the funds will be donated to the Advocate South Suburban Hospital pediatric department in Hazel Crest. Some of the schoolwide community service activities the group led this school year include fundraisers for tornado victims in southern Illinois and a coloring book and crayon drive for children at South Suburban Hospital, a family film night during homecoming, bringing breakfast to the fire personnel at both Calumet City firehouses, and promoting the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  through the “Hands Across T.F. North” event.

As part of its health awareness month activities to educate students on various health issues, the student council arranged for Emmy award-winning motivational speaker and activist Rae Lewis Thornton to speak with students  at 1:15 p.m. April 25 in the school auditorium about her experience with AIDS. The following week on May 2, the T.F. North Action Team will conduct a school walk-a-thon to raise funds for AIDS awareness and prevention charities.

T.F. South students have also completed various volunteer projects to help make our communities better. Students raised more than $17,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through fundraising activities. More than 260 students participated in the walk-a-thon that took place last Thursday on the T.F. South track.

The T.F. North Art Department will host its annual art show from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in the upper level of the school cafeteria. Awards for student work will be given during a ceremony at 6:45 p.m. Community members are welcome to attend the event and support the work of our talented young artists. There is no cost to attend the art show.

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