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CALUMET CITY — Wentworth Junior High School will hold its annual Reading Night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Assistant Principal James Safarik recently told the Calumet City Elementary District 155 School Board.

"Families come up and work with their kids on books," Safarik said. "It's a great night and it was a big turnout last year, so we're hoping for a bigger turnout this year."

Safarik said educational games focused on reading will be played at the event that he said is a way to get parents more involved and encourage reading.

The board also approved the purchase of a new van that will be used to transport equipment and supplies within the district.

"The reason why we're buying a new van (is) the other one died," board member Guy Eveland said.

The board settled on a full-size 2016 Ford T150 Cargo Van at a cost of $20,731.

"This replaces exactly what we had before," Bill Manuszak, director of buildings and grounds, said.

The old Ford van was a 1998 model. Board Vice President Nick Valle said the district also has a pickup truck. He said the pickup is not good for moving supplies during the winter since it is wide open in back.

The district's current enrollment is 1,148 students, Barbara Crull, board secretary, reported.

D.155 consists of Woodrow Wilson Elementary, Wentworth Intermediate and Wentworth Junior High schools.

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