Saturday marks the 26th anniversary of National Student-Athlete Day. On this day and throughout the week high schools and colleges around the U.S. honor the athletic and scholastic achievements of their students. District 215 would like to acknowledge the accomplishments not only of our outstanding student-athletes who successfully balance academics with sports but also the coaches, assistant coaches, teachers, parents, and volunteers who help support our students not only in the world of sports but in the classroom.
One of our student-athletes, Thornton Fractional North senior Marvell Thompson was recently recognized by the Winged Foot Foundation as February’s Student of the Month. Marvell, who excels both on the track field and in the classroom, will compete for the foundation’s coveted Student Athlete of the Year Award. We salute Marvell and all of our students who bring their "A" game to school and sports.
In addition to our athletes, we especially like to celebrate those students who take the time to volunteer in the community. A few weeks ago, 40 of our business and work program students from T.F. North participated in Junior Achievement’s ”High School Hero Day” at Lincoln Elementary. These high-performing students spent the day teaching kindergarten through third-graders lessons in personal finance, entrepreneurship, and the importance of giving back to the community. According to Work Program coordinator Jen Donovan, the experience was great for Lincoln and T.F. North students.
Speaking of giving back, physical education teacher Tim Cocco has started an interesting and healthy take on the breakfast club. Cocco received a grant from Donors Choose to start “Wake-Up Call," a free student wellness program. The program, which starts at 7 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, has an exercise and healthy grab-and-go breakfast component. The program emphasizes the tenets of the “Let’s Move” campaign that promotes the importance of physical activity and healthy eating. To find out more about the program contact Cocco at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this time of the year, students begin to finalize their post-secondary plans. For our top juniors and seniors from T.F. North and South, and select area high schools, those plans may have benefited from the Selective College Social hosted by the T.F. North guidance department held in the beginning of March. Representatives from more than 15 highly selective colleges and universities attended including Harvard, University of Chicago, Yale, and Washington University in St. Louis.
Have a safe and enjoyable break.