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Engineering with the family: Lincoln STEAM Parent day encourages practice at school, in the home
  • District 99 News

When Cicero parents send their children to school, they're trusting Cicero District 99 to provide their children with both the best curriculum possible and prepare them with the necessary skills needed for success in the 21st-century workplace.

To showcase to parents the benefits of a STEAM education and get parents in on the action themselves, Abraham Lincoln Elementary School hosted a STEAM Parent Day on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Demonstrating the fun of coding: Roosevelt, Burnham partner with Microsoft to showcase classroom coding
  • District 99 News

On Friday, Dec. 7, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School's digital literacy teachers Amanda Swert and Ian Armstrong welcomed Mary Monroy-Spampinato, Microsoft's Midwest operations and community manager, to the school for an Hour of Code event with fourth-grade students.

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Inspiring through experience: Teen inspires Unity students to embrace differences
  • District 99 News

Being scared, getting teased, feeling isolated — all feelings most teens have felt at some point in their lives.

Having dozens of surgeries by the age of 18? Something most have luckily never had to experience.

But for 18-year-old Peter Dankelson of north suburban Libertyville, experiencing 30 major surgeries in his young lifetime has not only taught him the value of life — it's also inspired him to teach children across the country the importance of embracing who they are and spread the message that kindness is key.

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A n'ICE' assembly: Goodwin scores visit from Stanley Cup winner and Olympian Patrick Sharp
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Though Goodwin Elementary School calls itself "gator country," the entire school turned into Blackhawks nation on Monday, Dec. 3, as retired Chicago Blackhawks player Patrick Sharp made a special visit to students and staff, speaking about his experiences playing professional hockey, teaching floor hockey lessons, and stopping for photos and autographs.

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Honoring and sharing: Liberty students salute veterans, hear stories from soldiers
  • District 99 News

Although many schools observe Veterans Day by teaching history lessons on war and the military from textbooks, students from across Cicero District 99, including those at north-east side Liberty Elementary School, celebrated America and those who have defended it firsthand from those who served in the military.

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Unleashing the power of kindness: Author Amy Logan spreads message of empowerment at Columbus West
  • District 99 News

With the daily bombardment of violence and natural disasters infiltrating our television screens, it may seem harder and harder to believe that there is any positivity and goodness left in the world.

But on Monday, Nov. 19, acclaimed children's author and Joliet native Amy Logan paid a visit to Cicero students and staff at Columbus West Elementary School, sharing her message of respect and acting with kindness towards one another.

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The power of 'WE': Unity hosts regional school summit for global youth service initiative
  • District 99 News

Emphasis on community and serving others is already strong throughout Cicero, but over the past few years, Cicero District 99 has encouraged students to become part of a larger initiative geared toward encouraging compassion in youths for both local and global communities.

On Nov. 10, Unity Junior High School served as the host site for a regional WE Day summit, where more than 200 children and teachers from schools and organizations across Chicagoland came together to hear messages of encouragement and information on how students can better their communities and work alongside movements to donate goods and time around the world.

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