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10 | February 16, 2017 | The tinley junction News Will County receives 5-year DHS grant to reduce opioid overdose deaths Submitted by Office of Will County Executive Lawrence M. Walsh Will County received a five year grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). DHS is the recipient of a federal grant from SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) to reduce the number of prescription drug/opioid overdose-related deaths. “Will County has been very proactive in addressing the issue of heroin use and resulting deaths in our county The Best Way to Start Your Year Your Business Here. ® IS TO ADVERTISE The Tinley Junction Contact Samantha Janacek 708.326.9170 ext. 28 since 2011,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh. “We are educating our school children, parents, and the community about the dangers of opioid use while at the same time training our law + VICTOR J. ANDREW MUSIC PARENTS PRESENT THE CRAFT SATURDAY February 25th 10:00–3:00pm SUNDAY February 26th 10:00–3:00pm A little something for everyone. We feature delectable baked goods, artfully handcrafted seasonal and everyday items, fashion & accessories, health & beauty products. FREE PARKING • FOOD • RAFFLES OVER 100 VENDORS Admission $3.00 Seniors $2.00 • 13 and Under Free Victor J. Andrew High School 9001 W. 171st Street, Tinley Park, IL enforcement officers how to administer Narcan, an opioid antidote. This new grant will allow us to expand our efforts to create a comprehensive approach to stop our young adults from dying.” With the support of the Will County Board, Dr. Kathleen Burke will be hired as full-time project director for this initiative. Her scope of work will include both grant related activities, as well as range of other outreach efforts that will serve as a clearinghouse for a range of opioid related preventive efforts and harm reduction strategies. “We have been working with Dr. Burke for a couple of years on heroin prevention efforts,” Walsh added. “She is an expert in the field of addiction and will be extremely effective as director of this grant. She has done great work in educating our police officers about the use of Narcan and has extensive experience in creating prevention curriculums.” Burke’s duties will include expanding the availability of Narcan, a powerful antidote that can reverse a heroin overdose; continuing educational efforts across the county and within the school system, while establishing long term sustainability of the project. “Opioid addiction is a crisis in the United States,” Burke said. “Will County has been a leader in heroin prevention efforts and now with this new funding, I will be proud to help continue and build upon these programs to prevent opiate addiction. These new programs will save lives. ” “Our mission is to positively impact a child’s potential in life through play-based education.” Visit us at Voting Open February 2-28 Vote: vote and you can WIN A Vacation for 2 to CanCun! Complete at least 50 - categories and be eligible for 22nd Century Media’s Southwest Choice Awards prize—one three-night trip for two (2) adults to Riu Caribe in Cancun, Mexico, courtesy of Apple Vacations. Tell us your favorites in categories such as: Beauty ★ Health ★ Dining ★ Education ★ Fitness & Recreation ★ Pets Services ★ Shopping ★ Vehicles Look for the ballot in the center of this newspaper or vote online at starting Feb. 2. visit us online at Tdap vaccine available at Orland Township Staff Report Grandparents and those who will be around a new baby can receive a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis/whooping cough) shot at Orland Township for a discounted price of $55. Proof of residency is required. For more information, call (708) 403-4222. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends receiving the shot two weeks before visiting with a new baby. Whooping couch is extremely dangerous to babies under 6 months old and most catch the disease from adults like a grandparent or a close family member. school the tinley junction | February 16, 2017 | 11 D146 kicks off reading challenge for students F. Amanda Tugade, Editor Central Middle School students walked into their library Feb. 3 and were greeted by a couple unexpected guests. Two large swans – who sat, squawked and occasionally roamed comfortably around a cage – were placed in the middle of the room. Media Center Director Mary Crowley stood close to the cage, welcomed the boys and girls and directed them to their seats. As the students began to take their place, they shouted a couple questions at Crowley to get her attention: “Can we pet the swans?” and “Can they fly?” And that’s when Crowley knew her tactic was working. “My goal was to be as inventive, as exciting and as attention-getting as possible, so that everybody would be talking about it,” Crowley said. “I didn’t want this to be something just pushed out of reading class. I wanted to make it over-the-top crazy. I wanted them to know we’re doing this, and it’s going to be awesome and to get their attention.” All throughout February, District 146 is hosting One District, One Book in an effort to promote reading for its students, staff and families. Aside from Central, District 146 includes Fulton School, Memorial School, Fierke Education Center and Kruse Education Center. This month’s selection is “The Trumpet of the Swan,” a children’s novel by E.B. White. “The Trumpet of the Swan” centers on a swan, who’s born without a voice and learns how to play a trumpet. “The last time that I read this book was 37 years ago when I was like maybe 10,” said Karen Marcotte, eighth Eighth grade teacher Karen Marcotte slips into her “swan costume” in support of One District, One Book. Central Middle School students take a closer look at the swans, which were brought to their school for One District, One Book. grade teacher. “I mean it’s a good book. It’s about including everybody – diversity is OK – acceptance. It covers so many different aspects of life that they’re facing right now. “It’s a good book, and so many of them said, ‘Oh, I remember reading that in fourth grade.’ And here as an eighth grader, you’re going to read it and look at it with different eyes, mature eyes.” To show her enthusiasm for the month-long project, Marcotte attended the brief gathering with an inflatable swan floatie. The floatie – which typically sits as a temporary fixture in her classroom – acts a reminder to stay excited and to stay open to new ideas for a fresh outlook. Thinking outside of the box is what drives Crowley. She said the idea of bringing swans to the school came about during a brainstorming Central sixth grade teacher Melanie Mattocks hands out copies of “The Trumpet of the Swan” to her students Feb. 3. Photos by F. Amanda Tugade/22nd Century Media Students gather around the swans to learn more of their visit. session with other teachers. After a quick Google search, they found Randy and Lori Groen in Cedar Lake, Indiana. The couple own Randori Acres, a family farm that has swans and farms. A fun fact about the swans brought to Central that Friday is that they have been featured in Hallmark movies, Crowley said. Crowley and Marcotte said the purpose of One District, One Book is to encourage togetherness and highlight the importance of learning. Each week, the students are to tackle a couple chapters and complete a few challenges along the way. Crowley promises prizes and a class party to entice the pre-teens. “Clearly, I brought swans,” Crowley said. “Do you think it’s going to be a boring party?”