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Dear District 157-C Families,

Though the temperatures outside remain cold, our students and staff are aiming to warm the hearts of their neighbors through recent community service projects.

Grand Prairie Elementary School recently concluded a very successful food drive for the Frankfort Township Food Pantry. District families, students and staff donated 1,113 nonperishable food items to the pantry. Second-grade teacher Mrs. Ann Curran organized the drive with the goal of giving back to the community and teaching students the value of supporting people in need.

Chelsea Intermediate School also recently participated in the Kids Heart Challenge, a two-day jump-roping event that raised money for the American Heart Association. Families, students and staff raised $30,131 for the association.

I would like to thank all district family members who gave time or resources to these efforts, and who support the district's efforts to encourage community involvement and service. The impact we're able to have as a district is so much greater because of your support.

Looking ahead, I hope you will join us for another great cause at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Hickory Creek Middle School. The annual Lincoln-Way Special Recreation Association (LWSRA) wheelchair basketball game, sponsored by the district's Charitable Giving Committee, is open to all District 157-C families. This event will feature LWSRA athletes competing against our teachers and students. Leading up to the event, all three of our schools will sell popsicles on Friday, March 15, to raise money for the LWSRA. At the game, donations are encouraged, but optional, and all proceeds will benefit the LWSRA. We hope to see you on March 20 to support this great cause!

From 5:30-8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 14, the Family School Partnership is sponsoring "Around the World" at Hickory Creek Middle School, an annual free event that encourages our families, students and community members to learn about different cultures, traditions, religions, geography, political systems and more. Ethnic food trucks will be on site, so guests can purchase and taste new cuisine. There will also be Irish dancers, a free photo booth, and over 20 countries represented, with more than 30 families representing these countries. For more information about this event, or to volunteer, please email FSP Chairperson Kris McGuire at

Though there is still so much ahead of us this school year, the 2019-2020 year is quickly approaching, and in preparation, Grand Prairie Elementary School is hosting Kindergarten Registration from noon-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the school's small gym. All students who will turn 5 years old by September 1, 2019 are eligible for entry into kindergarten in the fall. Please share this registration information with any parents you know who do not receive our school newsletters but who will have kindergarten-age children. District 157-C staff members will welcome families and walk them through the registration process, and there will be a "Meet the Principals" station. Visit our website at for information on which documents to bring to registration.

After the many cold, short days of winter, it is hard to believe that spring will officially arrive this month. Spring Break will be held from Monday, March 25, through Friday, March 29. We are hoping for some beautiful spring weather, and we wish all of our families a wonderful break.

Dr. Maura J. Zinni
Superintendent of Schools

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The mission of District 157-C is to prepare all students to be confident, life-long learners and productive citizens by challenging them to reach their fullest potential and by providing a quality educational environment in partnership with family and community.

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