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26 | April 12, 2018 | The winnetka Current school NT sophomores promote hunger relief during day of service SUBMITTED BY NEW TRIER HIGH SCHOOL The New Trier sophomore class packed 3,000 lunches and 3,000 hygiene kits to deliver to surrounding shelters during their annual day of service on April 3. About 1,000 students and 50 adults spent the morning at the Winnetka campus working with #HashtagLunchbag, an organization that works to empower and inspire humanity to give and share their efforts through the use of social media. The organization creates and uses bagged lunches, complete with love messages, to promote hunger relief in local communities. The sophomore class received financial donations and supplies through various partnerships and parent volunteers to make the event possible, Sophomore Adviser Chair Ted Koulentes said. Stepan Chemical, a chemical company in Northfield, donated close to $1,000, and a few employees volunteered at the event. Stepan also worked with Clean the World, the world’s largest organization recycling hotel soap, to lower their price on an order of soap and shampoo for the hygiene kits. Expert Hosiery provided a discounted price on 3,000 pairs of socks, while Quest Food Services and their distributor, Gordon Food Services, donated a refrigerated truck and helped order all of the food to pack the lunches. Quest Food Services also allowed the sophomore class to use their facilities during the day. Ebony Washington is the Chicago-area leader of #HashtagLunchbag and Students prepare lunches in an assembly line at New Trier’s Winnetka campus. worked closely with New Trier in planning the Sophomore Day of Service, along with the sophomore class, their advisers, Sophomore Adviser Chairs Koulentes and Julie Smith, and Adviser Chair Assistant Peggy Ono. In addition, the sophomore New Trier Parents’ Association helped gather parent volunteers to assist with the event. “When you have 1,000 students in the room, they bring a level of energy that is unlike any force you can imagine,” Koulentes said. “I was so in awe of the work they did and saw this as yet another example of young people in our country leading the way to a brighter future.” Jim Reardon, a retired special education teacher at During the annual sophomore class day of service on April 3, New Trier sophomores carry bags of packed lunches to a bus that will deliver them to local homeless shelters. Close to 1,000 students and 50 adults participated in the event. PHOTOS SUBMITTED New Trier, works closely with the homeless community on the North Side and helped put New Trier in touch with shelters. He and his wife, Carol Bobrow, who is also a retired New Trier teacher, also attended the event and helped pack kits. #HashtagLunchbag meets every last Saturday of the month to make lunches for Chicago’s homeless community and provide hope in the form of bagged lunches. You can find them on Facebook at facebook. com/hashtaglunchbagchi and Twitter at @HashtagLunchbagChicago. 1/3 SOLD! VOLTZ & WAUKEGAN | NORTHBROOK 847.461.9948 Plans, materials, prices and specifications are based on availability and are subject to change without notice. Architectural, structural and other revisions may be made as are deemed necessary by the developer, builder, architect or as may be required by law. Images are used for illustrative purposes only and may reflect available upgrades over standard specifications. NOTE: Window placement is determined by elevation style. sound off the winnetka current | April 12, 2018 | 27 Social snapshot Top Web Stories From as of April 9 1. Police Reports: Hundreds stolen in Northfield home burglary 2. Expansion of Winnetka Community House parking lot gets green light 3. Lacrosse: Sport faces minor, unique changes with IHSA sanction 4. Girls soccer: Trevians look for another deep run in 2018 5. Boys volleyball: New Trier reloads behind mix of veterans, newcomers Become a Current Plus member: New Trier Township posted on April 5: “If navigating Federal Government services is a challenge, then you’ll want to take a listen to episode #7 of the New Trier Township Podcast with Maribeth Stein. Information on Medicare, Social Security, VA benefits and more...” Like The Winnetka Current: winnetkacurrent “Now that Spring is upon us, it’s time to start thinking about bicycle safety. Please remember to review the rules of the road & check the conditions of your brakes, tires, & helmets. The goal is to have a safe and enjoyable riding season. #bikesafety #bikerodeo #warmerweather” @WinnetkaPolice, The Winnetka Police Department posted on April 7 Follow The Winnetka Current: @winnetkacurrent From the Editor Lessons learned from reading the obits Jacqueline Glosniak While I don’t have the source of this quote (or even the quote verbatim), I remember hearing a joke years ago about a person who checks the obituary section of their local paper every day to make sure they’re still alive. “OK, that’s weird,” I remember saying to myself after hearing that, thinking first, how crazy it would be for someone to actually do that, and second, how depressing it was to even think about death and want to read the obituaries in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, I meant no disrespect and did not try to write off the deceased, but I always wondered why people would want to get sad over reading an obituary, reading another reminder that they would no longer see that person again as long as they lived. However, when I began working here, I was told that one of the non-sports related duties Sports Editor Mike Wojtychiw would handle would be compiling the faith briefs and obituaries for The Winnetka Current. “Great,” I said, “one less thing for me to attack on my ever-growing to-do list.” While Mike began compiling obituaries, every Monday, it is my duty as editor of the paper to go through the text of the paper to check for copy editing errors, so then I myself began going through each and every obituary. To my surprise, the obits quickly became one of my favorite parts of the paper. Now, I even ask Mike every so often if I can take on the duty of pulling and editing obituaries myself. Again, do not think I am taking light of the obituaries (or the deceased)! Rather, what I came to discover was how much one could learn about the opposite of dying — living — from reading what essentially are abridged biographies on each person featured. Frequently, freelance reporter Alan P. Henry does what we call an extended obituary, doing a longer write-up for someone after attending a memorial service and speaking to relatives and friends about what set the community leader or trailblazer apart. This week, Alan did one of these pieces on Northfield resident Barbara McBride, who aside from founding a successful hair accessory design company, was someone who truly cared for others during her entire life — attending sit-ins led by Martin Luther King Jr. and hosting dinners for various neighbors, friends and members of her church among other things. In fact, as told to Alan by her son, Barbara even wanted to host visitors during her final days and make chili for them, despite being plagued by the unfortunate nature of Alzheimer’s disease. And, in this week’s Life and Arts section, where the rest of obituaries are listed, a longtime Northfield police officer, an educator, a gifted athlete, and a war hero grace the page, with short stories peering into what made their lives unique. Every week, I thoroughly enjoy learning about the many men and women who’ve blessed Winnetka and Northfield neighbors and community institutions with their wisdom, strong moral character and guidance, among other things, for decades. Reading each and every one of them helps me get a glimpse into the history of these neighborhoods and eras of the North Shore these people lived though, as well as witness how each and every person while unique, has the power to positively touch so many people during a lifetime. So, moral of the story is, if you take a closer look and read the obituaries, you’d be surprised how much you can truly learn about what it means to live a full, meaningful life. The Winnetka Current Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The Winnetka Current encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. We also ask that writers include their address and phone number for verification, not publication. Letters should be limited to 400 words. The Winnetka Current reserves the right to edit letters. Letters become property of The Winnetka Current. Letters that are published do not reflect the thoughts and views of The Winnetka Current. Letters can be mailed to: The Winnetka Current, 60 Revere Drive Ste. 888, Northbrook, IL 60062. Email to jacqueline@ go figure 1,000 An intriguing number from this week’s edition The dollar amount stolen from the checking account of a Northfield resident. Read more Police Reports on Page 6. MORTGAGE ALERT! LOCK-IN MORE BUSINESS. ADVERTISE LOCALLY. CONTACT THE CLASSIFIED DEPARTMENT 708-326-9170