Great Lakes Credit Union Thanks Local Fire Department Heroes
Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU) is always excited to spread happiness in its communities and that is exactly what they have done through various random acts of kindness. Employees at GLCU branches perform good deeds throughout the year as a way to make a direct impact and give back to their communities. Oak Lawn employees provided lunch for three local Fire Departments on Friday, June 28, 2017. Nicholas Mager, Oak Lawn Branch Manager, explained, “It was so much fun to visit each station. We thanked them on behalf of GLCU for their heroism in the community”.
Word is that Oak Lawn will soon be hiring two new firefighters due to retirements and contract requirements. The village has steadfastly continued to battle the Oak Lawn Firefighters union over “minimum manning” provisions that are set forth in the collective bargaining agreement. The union has operated without a contract due to an impasse between the administration and the union on matters such as “minimum manning”.
Despite the anti-union rhetoric of the administration, the firefighter’s remained on the sideline in the last election and various trade unions backed the administration despite the anti-union stance.
Sward School’s New Principal Looking Forward to New Role
Before joining District 123, Sward’s new principal, Candy Kramer served as the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in Pleasantdale School District 107 in Burr Ridge for the last 3 years. Her role in Burr Ridge was preceded by experiences as Curriculum Director in Burbank School District 111, an assistant principal at Unity Junior High School and Program Supervisor of the Reading and Language Arts Department in Cicero School District 99. Prior to her administrative experience, she served as a classroom teacher and literacy support teacher.
“I am excited for the opportunity to honor and celebrate Sward’s past as we prepare our students for their future. I am very fortunate to have been welcomed into such an incredible community and look forward to partnering with staff, students, and families to continue striving to develop lifelong learners,” said Kramer. She completed her undergraduate work at Elmhurst College and went on to pursue graduate studies at Aurora University where she earned a Master’s Degree and Administrative Certification.
August 23rd is the first day for student attendance for grades 1 through 8. It seems like the summer just flew by. District 122 also starts on the 23rd but with a half day.
Oak Lawn Park District’s Award Winning Monarch Festival
Save the date for the Oak Lawn Park District’s 2nd Annual Monarch Festival sponsored by Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant Mary Beth Swibes, on Saturday, September 16th, from 2:00-5:00pm. This Illinois Parks and Recreation Association Special Event Award winning festival will be held indoors and outdoors at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., and will bring much needed awareness to the issues that Monarch butterflies face today. Participants will learn how to assist in the preservation of the Monarch butterfly species and our environment.
Admission is FREE. Activities will include butterfly arts and crafts for kids, an interactive puppet theatre, face painting, music, and more. There will also be live butterfly tagging, a bug zoo, caterpillar aquarium, and a movie.