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LT Newspaper Gets National Recognition, Students Give Back

Also in this week's boards and blogs: How to pick the perfect Christmas tree, LG Park park district collecting holiday donations, missing cat and more.

Students organize some of the donations for Washington, IL, Credit: Courtesy of Nazareth Academy
Students organize some of the donations for Washington, IL, Credit: Courtesy of Nazareth Academy
Students Take Action
Isabelle Donile ’16 smiles for the camera at the Ronald McDonald House, along with other members of Social Action Club. She is there for a tour of the Ronald McDonald House building, just one of the many trips she has been on with the club since joining during her freshman year. Throughout her time in the group, she has worked on food drives and Krispy Kreme donut fundraisers, and she aims to participate in the Walk for Autism in May.

Saint Francis Xavier students take 1st at regional math competition
The math teams from Saint Francis Xavier school in La Grange recently competed at Montini Catholic High School's annual grade school math competition.  The 7th grade team took first place and the 8th grade team finished second in their division. In addition to the team wins, 5 students won individual medals for finishing in the top 10.  The competition had over 543 participants from from 35 local area schools.

LT girls' XC wins conference: Runners celebrate after a successful season
 Over the past season, the most difficult race for varsity runner Claudia Lundgren ’16 was the Oct. 19 conference meet, where, on a downhill slope, the splints in her shin became a stress fracture. Prior to this trauma, she had been in line to go to state, but for the second year in a row an injury prevented her from getting there.

Holiday in the Park, 12.14.13
Join the La Grange Park Chamber of Commerce for Holiday in the Park on December 14th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Community Park District of La Grange Park, 1501 Barnsdale Rd. There will be hayrides, bonfire, a fire demo, cookie decorating, crafts, storytime, music, goodies, petting zoo, kids games and SANTA! We'll also have prizes, courtesy of our sponsors.

Warming Tree
It is with great pleasure to announce that the Community Park District of LaGrange Park will be once again collecting food items and outerwear accessories to help local families in need. Donations will be accepted until Thursday, December 19th and may be dropped off during normal business hours, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 to 5:00 and Saturdays, 9:00 to Noon.  

Nazareth Students Show Spirit of Service
With Service being one of Nazareth's core pillars, it's no surprise that students are constantly finding opportunities to serve others. Nazareth has seen countless examples over the past month. From food and clothing drives, to bake sales, to full-blown parties, this fall has seen Nazareth students at their best.

LT’s Lion newspaper recognized at national convention
Lyons Township High School's student newspaper, Lion, accumulated an all-staff and several individual awards at the national high school journalism fall convention hosted by the Journalism Education Association and the National School Press Association (JEA/NSPA).

Holidays made Simple
When you were a kid, even a young adult, this time of year was full of wonder and joy.  Yet, somehow, once you became an adult with work and family responsibilities, one of the most common conversation you’re likely to have this month begins with, “Are you ready?”  Ready for what?  For the decorating, the parties, the cards, the gifts, the meals, and all the extras of the holiday season… sure that’s a lot to manage, but shouldn’t it be joyful? Before you jump into it, take a minute to really reflect on the meaning of the season, and what you want your family’s experience to be.  You don’t have to do it all, but for what you choose to do, here are some tips to do it easier.

Jacques The Cat - Still Missing
Jacques is a white cat with black tail, and some black on his head.  He was wearing a breakaway collar (white with green shamrocks) with a gold fish shaped I.D.  He also has a microchip.  He got out by accident in May and we've been searching ever since and are still heartbroken.  His buddy, Violet, is also still very much missing him.

Pick the Perfect Christmas Tree This Year
For many, the holiday season officially begins with the yearly hunt for the perfect Christmas tree. With a freshly cut Christmas tree, the tradition of the quest makes memories that last a lifetime.

"There's nothing quite like a live tree,” says Dan Richardt, District Manager at The Care of Trees in the Glenn Ellyn area. “It's the scent and spirit of the holiday.”

3rd Annual Rotary Run 3.14 Pie a huge success
It was a perfect Thanksgiving to run the Rotary Run 3.14 Pie through the tree-lined streets of La Grange. An astounding 2400 runners came out to run the 3rd Annual Rotary Run 3.14 Pie Thanksgiving morning. 

American Legion Essay Contest challenges students to offer ideas for improving government
Students in grades 7 through 12 are invited to write essays explaining “How would I improve our form of government?” for the 2014 Americanism Essay Contest sponsored by the American Legion organization in Illinois. 

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