Lego Drive Organized by Plainfield Student – A desire to help others in other countries prompted Adrian Menzel, Plainfield Elementary School, to organize a Lego building blocks drive that he will deliver to poverty stricken children in Guatemala. Adrian’s desire to help others, plus a trip to experience new cultures, will culminate in October. Community members are encouraged to donate Lego sets. Boxes are set up at City Hall, the Police Department and Fire Departments. Monetary donations may be made at Menzel’s GoFundMe page. You may also find out more by visiting Facebook: Unstoppable Children of the World or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plainfield School Media Specialist receives prestigious Apple Distinguished Educator – Jason Hanrahan, Library Media Specialist at Plainfield School in Des Plaines, was recently named a member of the 2015 Class of Apple Distinguished Educators.
“My first iPad sparked a passion that still burns - a deep desire to learn. My excitement over what was now possible led me down the rabbit hole of discovery,” Hanrahan wrote in his application.
Mr. Hanrahan made it part of his personal quest to bring more technology into the school by writing grants and Title III federal funding applications. He leads professional development for District 62 helping other teachers bring more learning tools into their classroom. He also developed an App for his classroom.
He will represent District 62 when he attends a nationwide Apple Distinguished Educator Institute in July in Miami, Florida.
“The Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Program began in 1994, when Apple recognized K-12 and higher education pioneers who are using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways,” according to an Apple release on the designation. “Today it has grown into a worldwide community of over 2,000 visionary educators and innovative leaders who are doing amazing things with Apple technology in and out of the classroom. Apple is pleased to welcome Jason Hanrahan to the ADE Class of 2015." Learn more about this group of innovative educators online at www.apple.com/education/apple-distinguished-educator.
Promise Keeper Celebration – Every morning, Plainfield students make a promise. Right after we pledge allegiance to our flag, we make another pledge to ourselves and each other. The Plainfield Promise highlights our commitment to creating an environment where all students feel welcome and safe. It goes something like this:
I promise to try to do my best
every single day.
Being respectful, responsible and safe
when I work and play.
I'll listen when my teacher speaks
and follow every rule.
I'm proud to be a student here
at Plainfield School!
These words help define us as Peacemakers. Each student is learning that respect, responsibility, and safety are the result of the choices we make each day. When we make better choices individually, we grow as a community of learners collectively.
Children who keep their promise throughout the trimester are recognized and rewarded with an afternoon of fun. Today, 318 of Plainfield's finest enjoyed iPad puzzlers, free drawing, and a super high energy dance party.
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