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16 | February 16, 2017 | The glenview lantern school Hall of Fame coach kicks off book tour at Winkelman Sarah Haider, Assistant Editor Two sports worlds collided on Feb. 1 at Winkelman School. Hall of Fame NFL coach Marv Levy read his new book “Go Cubs! Go!” to fans of all ages and signed copies of the book and other sports memorabilia. Levy granddaughter, Angela Alexopoulos, attends Winkelman in the second grade. Levy’s daughter, Kim Alexopoulos, is also on the Parent Teacher Cooperative Community for the school, so when Levy announced his new book, Kim Alexopoulos organized the night that Levy would perform his first reading of his new book at the school. In addition to meeting fans and sharing his book with the audience, Levy also donated part of the proceeds from the night back to the school. As a coach, Levy coached many teams, including the Buffalo Bills, which he led to the Super Bowl four consecutive years in a row. Levy completed this by staying true to his life motto, “never give up.” Levy experienced the similar perseverance of the Chicago Cubs and their fans when he attended the seventh game of the World Series in 1945. Levy, who was on furlough from the military shortly after the end of WWII, was standing in the ticket line for the baseball game Kim Alexopoulos (left) and her father, Marv Levy, answer questions about Levy’s new book on Feb. 1 at Winkelman Elementary. Sarah Haider/22nd Century Media wearing his uniform when a representative from Wrigley pulled him and other servicemen to the front. Although the Cubs lost the game, it was there Levy saw the attitude that inspired the book. “When the Cubs lost that final game of the 1945 World Series I remember distinctly walking out of the stadium and everyone was chanting “wait till next year” and for 71 years they were saying that,” Levy said. “They never gave up and it was an attitude that pervaded the Cubs fans and they were finally rewarded with a World Series win this year and I converted that into the story for children.” As a lifelong Cubs fan and a five-time author, Levy jumped at the chance to write the book after a previous publisher pitched him the idea. He found inspiration in the Cubs’ story, but he also found it in the story of his family. The book is about a bear family whose characters are drawn directly from his children and grandchildren. The story shows how the love of a team can be passed down through generations and how believing in something can pay off, according to Levy. Kim Alexopoulos was able to read her father’s book a few weeks before it was published and she was thrilled about her children being involved in the narrative. “I knew about the book and knew about him being a big Cubs fan and that he was writing about his experience,” Alexopoulos said. “A couple weeks before it was published, because I was his attorney, I was able to read the first-edited draft of it and that’s when I saw my children’s names. I was so moved by it. I was surprised when I read it. I think that’s what he wanted.” Alexopoulos knew her daughter, Angela, does not like surprises, so she also gave her a sneak peek at her part in the book. Alexopoulos said Angela was so excited and the family decided she could introduce him at the event. After memorizing her speech and her grandfather’s lengthy career, she took to the stage in front of her classmates and their families and introduced Levy and his story of never giving up. “It can be pretty embarrassing standing up there, but I like it a lot because I was standing up there in front of everyone and telling everyone about him and what he is going to do.” Angela Alexopoulos said. After the first reading of the book to children, Levy is excited to spread his message to a younger generation that whether it is football, baseball or eveyday life, if you “never give up,” great things can happen. School News GLENVIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT 34 Foundation grant supports STEM Thanks to a grant provided by the Glenview Education Foundation, 48 students in grades 6-8 learned about STEM opportunities on Monday, Feb. 13, at Glenbrook South. The day started with each D34 middle school student being paired with a GBS student. They were then asked to research a person who helped shape STEM fields and then talk about what they discovered about their STEM person. Next, a presentation was given to the entire group where GBS teachers and students discussed STEM, such as the difference between engineers and scientists. Students were then divided into two groups, where they were asked to participate in a design challenge in engineering and science. Finally, GBS teacher Michael Sinde discussed the highlights of the day and held further discussions about STEM opportunities in Northfield Township. HENKING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL History comes to life President Lincoln (teacher Paul Nudelman) and Mary Todd Lincoln (LRC Director Rachel Davidson) brought history to life by transforming the Henking LRC into Abe Lincoln’s log cabin on Friday, Feb. 10. This historical recreation gave first- and second-graders an opportunity to travel back in time to the 1860s, when Lincoln was president. During Lincoln’s visit to Henking, he focused on how important reading and writing was in helping him achieve his life goals and become the nation’s 16th president. This special recreation was available to all first- and second-grade classes throughout the day. Kindergarten students celebrate 100th day of school year Kindergarten students at Henking recently celebrated the 100th day of kindergarten. Students were encouraged to dress like they were 100 years old and participated in a 100th Day STEM Challenge. They were challenged to create a structure with 100 items that could hold 100 pennies for 100 seconds. School News is compiled by Editor Chris Pullam. School the glenview lantern | February 16, 2017 | 17 Loyola’s dance marathon raises more than $10,000 Submitted by Loyola Academy More than 300 students gathered in the east gym for Loyola Academy’s first ever all-night dance marathon on Jan. 20. Through bake sales, donations and pledges, 44 teams of students raised over $10,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp. During the 12-hour dance party, which lasted from 6 p.m. on Jan. 20 until 6 a.m. Jan. 21, there were mini games, competitions and performances from student groups including the Loyola Step Team, the Dance Collective, the Loyola Academy Dance Company, Nothin’ The students dance for 12 hours to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp. But Treble, the Drum Line and the American Dance Beat. The school thanks all the chaperones who braved the early morning hours, its student board and spirit squad and the amazing DJ — Energy Productions — who kept everyone dancing all night (and morning) long. Loyola Academy students partake in the school’s inaugural all-night dance marathon on Jan. 20 in Wilmette. Photos submitted Turkish official speaks to Loyola political science students Submitted by Loyola Academy Turkish Consul General Umut Acar delivered a guest presentation to honors and advanced placement political science students at Loyola Academy on Jan. 25 in Wilmette. Acar spoke with students about topics ranging from the war on terror, the refugee crisis, relations with the U.S. and religious and ethnic diversity and conflict in Turkey. “I thought it was very insightful for students to listen to the perspectives and experiences of those who have an international view of the United States,” said Phillip Nieman, associate principal of academics. “We may become somewhat insular in the views we hold. The presentation caused me to stop, reflect and even reconsider some of my own views.” Over the course of the lecture, Acar unraveled the complexities of Turkey’s current political affairs to a group of students captivated by his deep understanding of international policies and government, coupled with a candid, approachable manner. Acar began with a brief history lesson to provide students with important context. A country of just 78 million people, Turkey boasts the 17th largest economy in the world. With roots that spread deep into antiquity, Turkey’s past is a mosaic rich in history and tradition. Two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus (circa 7th century B.C.) and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (circa 350 B.C.), both stood in Anatolia (pre-modern Turkey). Çatalhöyük in southern Turkey is one of the earliest known human settlements and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012. The use of coins as currency traces its origins in Turkey, as does the much beloved and generous Bishop of Demre, St. Nicholas. “Speakers like Mr. Acar help students appreciate the diversity of human experiences,” said Jeff Dees, social studies department chair, on the value of guest presentations. Furthermore, students learned that in 1948, modern Turkey was a founding member of the Council of Europe, an international organization focused on promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights. The country has participated in NATO since 1952 and is currently a candidate for full membership in the European Union. Neighbored by Syria, Iraq, Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Iran and Nakhchivan, Turkey has found itself in the midst of complex conflict. Since the war in Syria began six years ago, Turkey has taken in the largest number of refugees — a decision that Acar fully supports. “This is about fundamental human rights,” he said. “These are no longer international issues; these are issues related to ordinary people. We have to practice empathy. When you do that, you see things differently.” Senior Francesca Vena- Pedersen asked Consul Acar what policies Turkey has implemented tohelp the 2.7 million refugees that have fled to Turkey. “This is a wonderful question,” Acar said. He pointed to the exemplary refugee camps established in Turkey, to the free health and education services refugees benefit from and the law that allows refugees to enter the labor market. “We kept our borders open,” Acar said. “Turkey is not the richest country in the world, but if we can do it alone, imagine what together we can do.” “This presentation was one of the more interesting ones that I have seen at Loyola,” Vena-Pedersen said. “I enjoyed hearing about a country I did not know much about, and now I am interested to find out more about similar countries and refugee policies.” “For me, it was fascinating to learn about how the people of Turkey perceive the world,” junior Hugh Rider said. Mark McGuire, of the social studies department, teaches AP Political Science and U.S. History. “It is imperative that our students see how what they are learning in their classes at Loyola has meaningful real-world applications,” he said. “As our students study the political systems of other countries, meeting a real-life foreign diplomat brings our course content to life.”