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T.F. North students teach safe driving to teens

2012-12-28T00:00:00Z T.F. North students teach safe driving to teensIyana Mason Times Columnist nwitimes.com
December 28, 2012 12:00 am  • 

A group of more than 40 Thornton Fractional North High School students are doing their part to ensure other teens stay safe while driving.

These students, involved in the statewide Operation Teen Safe Driving Program, will implement a series of educational and fun activities through February designed to improve teen driver safety. Some of the events to be implemented include a “Pack the Gym Night” in which students will participate in a variety of activities while wearing blurred vision goggles to simulate distracted driving. Contact Fred Schuldes at (708) 585-1048 for more information on T.F. North’s program.

Administrators from the Thornton Fractional Center for Academics & Technology plan to raise awareness about a variety of different topics related to education and parenting by providing several workshops including a “Power Parent Night” at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 and a lunch and learn workshop titled “Tips for Grandparents Raising Today’s Teenager” at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 24. There will also be a TF Center Parent-Principal Advisory Committee at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31. Contact Dawn Walker at (708) 585-2346 for more information.

A pep rally and second annual Indoor Tailgate party will raise school spirit among Thornton Fractional South students and staff before the boys and girls varsity basketball games on Jan. 8. Staff are also hoping to help improve nutrition and physical activity at the school through a $750 grant the school received from the Fuel Up To Play 60 program, sponsored by the National Football League and the National Dairy Council. The school is looking for sponsors to support the establishment of a grab-and-go breakfast program for students. Contact Tim Cocco at (708) 585-2046 for more information on how you can support the school’s grab-and-go breakfast program. The athletic booster club, sponsored by Copper Muggers, will be hosting a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Jan. 26 at the school.

Starting in January all three campuses — T.F. North, T.F. South, and T.F. Center — will provide free workshops and access to computer labs and fitness rooms through the district’s new 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program. Superintendent Creg E. Williams invites all students, their families, and the public to participate in these activities, which will be available to everyone at no cost. Visit www.tfd215.org to see a list of programs and schedules. Contact Tammy Johnson at (708) 585-2383 for more information.

The opinions expressed 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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