What’s Going On (Central) for July 15, 2012
July 12, 2012 3:02PM
The Lincoln-Way East High School volleyball team recently participated in Volley for the Cure, a nationwide effort to honor the fight against breast cancer. | Supplied Photo
Updated: August 16, 2012 6:00AM
Here’s what’s going on around the Southland.
News from the SouthtownStar’s Central region includes Frankfort, Orland Hills, Midlothian and Orland Park.
L-Way East hosts Volley for the Cure
The Lincoln-Way East High School volleyball team traded its blue jerseys for pink ones recently to promote breast cancer awareness. The team, coached by Linda Vivona, participated in Volley for the Cure, a nationwide effort to honor the fight against breast cancer.
Varsity players wore black uniforms trimmed in pink during the match with Sandburg High School and encouraged fans also to wear pink. The team sold cookies, brownies, pink clothing, ribbons and pencils during the match to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure group.
Chelsea kids say hats off to cancer
Chelsea Intermediate School recently hosted a fundraiser to help Children’s Memorial Hospital in memory of Sean Duggan, a former Frankfort District 157-C student who lost his battle to cancer.
The effort, called “Hats Off to Cancer,” asked students to collect new hats for children at the hospital. Representatives from Children’s Memorial Hospital then visited Chelsea to collect the donations in person.
“This is a great way for the students to see and talk to the people their donations will be helping,” said school officials in a news release.
CJB students learn about fire safety
Prekindergarten students at Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School in Orland Hills recently visited Orland Fire Protection District Station 4.
During the outing, firefighters discussed the importance of fire safety and prevention, including dialing 911 in emergencies. At the firehouse, teacher Sharon O’Toole and her students toured where firefighters sleep, eat and exercise when not answering a 911 call.
Students also watched a fire engine extend its ladder 100 feet in the air and received their own firefighter hats.
Students practice bus safety
Besides drills for tornadoes, fires and lockdowns, students in District 135 also practice in bus safety.
The lessons, recently led by American School Bus Company drivers, included reminders such as the location of the first aid kit and emergency exits. Students also learned how to operate the bus radio and the protocol for the quickest and safest route out of the bus in the event of an accident.
Students were challenged to silently exit a full bus in less than 30 seconds.
Students take first at Academic Bowl
Seventh- and eighth-grade students at St. Christopher School in Midlothian recently participated in the Academic Bowl at Providence Catholic High School.
The students competed against 16 other area schools in the areas of language arts, science, social studies, geography and math.
Philip Powers won first place in the geography competition, and Erin Ludwig won first place in the language arts competition.
Other St. Christopher students who participated included seventh-graders Mariana Vazquez, Nicko Banda, Angel Aguilera, Patrick Maloney and Elias Snyder and eighth-graders Katie Tieri, Stephanie Kohn and Bridget McDermott.
Opelka wins Orland Open Spelling Bee
Beverly Opelka, of Palos Park, recently won the 33rd Orland Open Spelling Bee at the Presbyterian Church in Orland Park. Judy Rice, of Frankfort, finished in second place, and Bob Carlson, of Orland Park, finished third.
The event, which featured 93 contestants age 8 to adult, lasted more than two hours and included 520 words. The winning word was “cabochon.”
Judges were Orland Park trustees Ed Schussler and Pat Gira and former trustee Tom Dublebeis. The Spelling Bee was coordinated by Amy Goebel and Margie Burnett.
Compiled from staff reports