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Congratulations to Jet Palaez from Covington Elementary School!

During the OLHMS Make-a-Wish Volleyball tournament back in February, Jet won tickets to the March 20th Blackhawks vs. the Minnesota Wild game at the United Center.  Jet participated in the "Shoot the Puck" contest between periods and WON!

Contestants stand at the blue line, which is 64' away from the goal, and take three shots at three small holes.  If they make a goal, they advance to shooting at only one hole.

Jet did just that with his winning slap shot!

Jet was contacted by Paul Unruh, Event Marketing for the Chicago Blackhawks. Jet not only scored the goal, but won a round-trip ticket from United Airlines!

What an awesome experience!

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Jet Palaez, 4th grader at Covington Elementary School, takes the winning slap shot at the "Shoot the Puck" contest during the Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild game on March 20th.  Pictures courtesy of the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Kolmar Avenue School is excited to be the new home for the Little Free Library.

This Little Free Library (LFL) offers a way to share good things to read—favorite books from your childhood or books you would recommend to friends or books that teach, intrigue and engage you. All of us can help by keeping this collection stocked with good reading material.

Over 200 books were donated to the LFL at the beginning of the year. The LFL is restocked on a bi-weekly basis. The only rules are if you take a book, return a book.

Because of communities like ours, the Little Free Library movement has rapidly grown. Many Libraries have been installed and thousands of books shared around the country as well as around the world. Little Free Library’s mission is to:

  • Promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide
  • To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations

 

The LFL is sponsored by Kolmar Student Council and funded by the D123 Education Foundation.

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On March 7, Lyalee Barakat, Vanessa Vana, and Jenna Weiland from Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School participated in the ‘You Be the Chemist’ competition held at Moraine Valley Community College.

Students were tested on their knowledge of chemistry and competed in several rounds of competition.  The event was organized by the Chemical Education Foundation and sponsored by the Chicago Drug and Chemical Association.

Congratulations to our future Madame Curies!

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LEGO Train Display at OLPL on April 9 & 10

From castles and skyscrapers to superheroes and spaceships. The Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, will the host the  LEGO® Train Display featuring an amazing display of running trains, pop culture references and original creations on Saturday, April 9 from 9am to 5pm and Sunday, April 10 from 1-5pm.  All ages; registration not required.  

The Library last hosted the LEGO Train Display in April 2014 when more than 2,000 adults and children visited the two-day event. The display is created by the Northern Illinois LEGO® Train Club, which was formed in 2002. Participating in seven to eight shows each year around the Chicagoland area, each club member has their own display space and the opportunity to focus on a genre of their choice.

“Even to this day, we’ll have people come in and think it’s going to be a couple ping pong tables with a couple LEGO sets with a little train going around it; and it’s not,” said Jamie LeBlanc, president of the Northern Illinois LEGO® Train Club.

In 2014, adults and children of all ages were entertained by an intricate display that spanned 4,080 square feet and featured a Medieval Village and Castle with tournament grounds, a European-inspired Village Hall, a farmette with a windmill, railroads, skyscrapers and much more. 

Trains connected the layout, which included replicas of gas and fire stations, an opera house, a bike shop, and various fast food staples such as Starbucks, White Castle and Culver’s. 

“We all have sections we take off, and you can see a lot of differences in architectural styles,” LeBlanc said of the 20-member club. Each show requires more than seven hours of set-up time. “The fun part is really seeing what everyone else has created and what techniques they’ve used. We almost inspire each other.”

The group’s love of LEGOs and the opportunity to be creative is what keeps them participating in shows. 

“You build something and that next show you can put it out and get immediate feedback or adulation,” LeBlanc said. “And that’s pretty cool.”

For more information about the LEGO Train Display and other programs, call 708-422-4990 or visit www.olpl.org

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An Oak Lawn Resident and Veteran had the good fortune of help from local benefactors. Pat McCool from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office of Veteran’s Affairs connected with Team Rubicon to help the Oak Lawn veteran. Team Rubicon is a group of veterans that conducts disaster relief throughout the world and also domestically for veterans in need. Several dumpsters were donated from Allied for the debris inside and outside the home. Last week, cleaning and sanitizing the home began so the owner could return. Officer Joe Garret from the Oak Lawn Police Department had originally helped the owner with transporting to the VA for medical assistance as well as assisting with finding temporary housing. Pat McCool has also assisted with placement in a nearby veteran’s facility. The services provided by the Sheriff’s Office, Oak Lawn Police Department and Team Rubicon have given the homeowner a lifesaving gift in return for his service to our country.

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