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On-Line Edition      Thursday, February 22, 2018      Vol. 60  No. 8

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‘Red & Black Ball’ March 9

The Glenbard East High School Booster Club's 7th annual Red & Black Ball will be held Friday, March 9. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support Glenbard East sports programs. The event will be held at Glendale Lakes Golf Club, from 6 p.m. - 11:30 p.m., and will feature dinner, dancing and an auction. Early bird tickets are now on sale for $75 per person through Feb. 24 after which the ticket price will be $90. Tickets may be purchased to www.eastboosters.com or mybidderapp.com/rbb18. Pictured planning for the event are event committee members (seated, left to right) Courtney Long, Valerie Boggs, Amy Weltin, event co-chair Wendy Stanley and (standing, left to right) Booster Club President Chris O'Brien, Kim Berberich, Ellen Bachner and event co-chair Jan Dooley. Not pictured are Sammie Ream, Melissa Ziemer and Jackie Moran. For more information, contact Dooley at jan.dooley@yahoo.com or Stanley at pommymommyof1@yahoo.com.                Photo  by Steve Spoden

                ***** Out & About  by Jane Charmelo *****

Glenbard celebrates Live Life Well Week

While the four Glenbard high schools are thinking about ‘living life well’ all this week, teens and staff from Florida are in the midst of mourning after a school shooting on Wednesday, Feb. 14, that left 17 dead and many others wounded.
However, Gilda Ross, student and community projects coordinator for Glenbard District 87, said the tragedy is not lost on students as they started the annual Live Life Well Week on Monday, Feb. 19.
That is, she continued, the students were slated to make blankets for Project Linus, which distributes them to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or in need; and also to make posters she says “advocate acts of kindness,” as part of the week’s them of “Gear Up Glenbard: Heart, Mind and Body–Live Life Well.”
However, Ross said, this year the students—who came in on their day off for Make a Difference Monday—were going to also spend time making a banner of support for their fellow high school students stating: “We Stand With Parkland.”
Each day has brought a different project or activity at each of the four high schools, the coordinator described, such as yoga, Zumba, a healthy breakfast and activities for self care and getting involved at school.
Additionally, the district planned to have former NBA player Chris Herren visit all four Glenbards during the week to talk about how addiction cost him his dream of playing for the Boston Celtics, and how he now advocates for a drug-free lifestyle.
While Live Life Well Week events are essentially separate from the students’ daily and weekly schedule, “We hope there will be conversation” in classrooms after Herren’s presentation, Ross said.
Herren also was a guest speaker Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Glenbard East High School as part of the Glenbard Parent Series program.
Ross modestly related that Live Life Well Week was an idea she came up with some 30 years ago, and it has been going strong ever since.
She said it first began through Glenbard’s Students for Students program, but over the years “it’s expanded; [there are] so many school staff members who are members of Live Life Well Week.”
Now Students for Students is joined by the Pupil Personnel Teams, the Wellness Committee and other school staff members, according to Ross.
The weekly event, planned for this time each year, is dedicated to helping students “focus [the] week on acts of kindness,” as well as “enhance positive youth development, empathy and self-awareness,” the coordinator outlined.
“We’ve always had a focus on empathy and compassion,” she added.
Ross said that thinking back to over nearly 30 years of Live Life Well Week, students have looked forward to it every year, and while it has gotten “bigger, stronger, better,” at the same time, “the energy and passion around the week have not changed.”
“Never have we not spent [the week] focusing on issues we need to focus on every day,” the coordinator continued, saying she believes—and research backs her up—that young people inherently want to demonstrate compassion, empathy and kindness; they often just need a way to get started.
“Kids want to do good in the world,” Ross reiterated. “It’s our responsibility to put these opportunities in front of them.”
For more information, contact Ross at 630-942-7668 or gilda_ross@glenbard.org.

                 *** September 11, 2011 ***