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Sabadosa: Celebrations in Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123

Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School students KaylLuznicky Cole Karetrecently auditioned for limited number openings prestigious Illinois Music Educators AssociatiHonor BFestival.

Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School students Kayla Luznicky and Cole Kareta recently auditioned for a limited number of openings in the prestigious Illinois Music Educators Association Honor Band Festival.

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Updated: November 22, 2012 6:08AM



It’s always good to hear about great things resulting from our children’s hard work and perseverance.

John Kehl, band director at Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123, especially wants to acknowledge two of his band students. Evidently, all of those early morning school practices along with many hours of after-school practice do pay off.

Kayla Luznicky and Cole Kareta, both seventh-graders at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School, recently auditioned for a limited number of openings in the prestigious Illinois Music Educators Association Honor Band Festival. They competed against hundreds of students throughout the Chicago area. Both students earned a spot.

“I was shocked at first,” said Luznicky, who plays the French horn. “Then I was happy and proud for what I did.”

Luznicky will perform for the IMEA Honor Band on Nov. 8 at Riverside-Brookfield High School in Riverside.

Kareta will be playing the string bass for the IMEA Honor Jazz Band on Nov. 10 at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox. He said he feels he has achieved much by being able to play both the tuba and the string bass at a high level. He wanted to acknowledge the help and encouragement of both Kehl and his private bass teacher, Garrett Degnan.

Congratulations to both Kayla and Cole. Keep up the great work!

Calling all Swardians

Sward Elementary School, 9830 S. Brandt Ave., Oak Lawn, is getting ready to celebrate its 60th anniversary on Nov. 7. Sward’s staff and PTA will take a walk down memory lane with former students, teachers and parents.

The event is open to Sward graduates from 1952 to 2004 and Sward parents and teachers from 1952 to 2012. The cost is $5 per person.

The anniversary celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Sward School with a meet-and-greet open house. Turkey or ham box dinners will be served in the multi-purpose room until 7:15 p.m. From 7:45 p.m. until approximately 9 p.m., the anniversary program will take place.

Sward principal Lori Gloodt said she is pleased to announce that their keynote speaker will be Leanne DeHaan, who is a former student and teacher of District 123. DeHaan is the director of student services for District 123.

If you are planning to attend, please consider bringing along some Sward memorabilia to share with the other guests. There will be time reserved in the program to showcase this memorabilia.

During the evening, there also will be an opportunity to win some “great Sward raffle baskets,” said Sward PTA’s Michelle Kreydich. She tells me that all guests who bring at least 20 Box Tops for Education that night as a donation to Sward School PTA will be entered into the drawing. For every 20 box tops, a raffle ticket will be received.

For more information or to register for Sward’s fun-filled 60th anniversary night, contact Carol Herbold at (708) 423-7820 or send an email to swardat60@gmail.com. All registrations and payments must be received by Oct. 31.

News from our neighbors

Our Lady of Loretto Women’s Guild will host a Breakfast and Halloween Bake Sale from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 28 in the parish hall, 8925 S. Kostner Ave., Hometown.

Breakfast will include one serving each of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, hash browns, toast and beverages. Children age 2 and younger eat free. Children ages 3 to 10 eat for $3, and all other guests pay $6. During breakfast, special Halloween candy and bakery items will be sold.

For more information, contact the rectory during office hours at (708) 424-7471.

Luther Burbank Elementary School, 8235 S. Linder Ave., Burbank, will host its fifth annual Craft and Vendor Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10. Admission is free.

Along with a unique collection of products from new and returning vendors and crafters, they also will be holding a raffle and serving refreshments and baked goods.

Sounds like the perfect place to shop for holiday gift giving. Stop by at my Vintage Glass table to say, “Hello.” Hope to see you there!



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