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T.F. students have abundant after-school choices

2013-10-18T00:00:00Z T.F. students have abundant after-school choicesIyana Mason Times Columnist nwitimes.com
October 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Gov. Pat Quinn signed an official proclamation that declared Oct. 17 Lights on Afterschool Day in Illinois in support of a national movement that celebrates the benefits of after-school programs for youth and their communities.

Students in the T.F. North and South high schools have more than 60 after-school clubs, activities, and sports to choose from. For the second year in a row, students have also participated in programs provided through the district’s 21st Century grant program. More than 15 programs are available for students and their families through the 21st Century grant program including hip-hop yoga, college mentoring, cooking and baking, journalism and radio broadcasting, and fitness classes. Through a partnership with DeVry University, our students have the opportunity to take English and math classes for college credit at no charge.

Chicago-based nonprofit organization True Star Foundation provides radio broadcasting classes to our students taught by radio personalities Demi Lobo from 107.5 WGCI and Frankie Robinson from 92.3 WPWX. Last week, Jamal Smallz, of WGCI, served as a guest speaker at T.F. South where he discussed his career in radio and the decision making process behind how songs are selected and played on air. These programs provide a wide range of benefits not only to our students but to the community as well by providing students with a positive outlet to express themselves creatively and develop job skills in the process. To find out how to participate in the district’s 21st Century programs please contact Tammy Johnson at tjohnson@tfd215.org.

T.F. North football coach Mike Anaclerio has led a weeklong districtwide fundraiser and autism awareness campaign called Mary’s Piece of the Puzzle. The fundraiser includes a raffle and autism awareness T-shirt sales, with all of the proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks. The campaign will culminate in the North versus South football game that will take place at 6:45 p.m. today at T.F. South, 18500 Burnham Ave. Coach Anaclerio was motivated to lead this initiative because of the bravery and courage exemplified by his autistic sister Mary who passed away last year from colon cancer at age 46. We invite everyone to come out and cheer on our football teams as they stand together in solidarity in raising awareness on the impact of autism in our community.

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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