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District 88 receives awards for excellence

Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 1:11 p.m. CDT

ADDISON – District 88 announced it recently received awards from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) for writing and service.

District 88 received four awards: An Award of Excellence in Writing, an Honorable Mention in Writing and two Golden Achievement awards. 

A story written about Addison Trail special education teacher Vicki Ream and Tim Homan, a special education aide, about their work with BOOM entertainment and B96 won the Award of Excellence in Writing. The teachers wanted to make Addison Trail student Hailey Calhoun’s dream of seeing Justin Bieber perform come true. The story is titled, “Addison Trail student shares her experience of seeing Justin Bieber perform.”

Another story that received Honorable Mention in Writing was about Willowbrook alumnus Kirk Mango. Mango won the still rings state title in boys gymnastics in 1975 and has become a coach, teacher, motivational speaker and author. The story is titled, “Words from a ‘true champion’: Willowbrook alumnus shares his experiences in his new book.”

District 88 received a Golden Achievement award for its service project called Feed My Starving Children Senior Service Project. The Addison Trail and Willowbrook classes of 2013 raised $22,000 to pack meals for Feed My Starving Children. More than 400 people volunteered, and more than 108,000 meals were packed for the organization May 18.

Addison Trail also hosted the Hurricane Sandy Relief Dance to raise money for the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. Junior high school students from District 88 feeder schools and high school students from 14 schools in the West Suburban Conference attended. About $6,000 were raised for the Red Cross, and the project received a Golden Achievement award.

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