Enrollment in District 161 schools holds steady

Student enrollment in Flossmoor School District 161 is virtually unchanged from last year. As of Tuesday, 2,304 students are enrolled in the district’s five schools. Last year on the same date, District 161 had 2,303 students.

Flossmoor department building ‘culture of safety’ during Fire Prevention Month

During October, Fire Prevention Month, Flossmoor schoolchildren are learning how to better protect their homes and families from fire catastrophes. Flossmoor fire personnel are promoting safety education by visiting seven local schools and also taking students on fire station tours. Ethan Stratman, the fire department’s public education officer, said approximately 1,100 students, both at public and private schools, will hear the safety message this month.

Malala's story should resonate in the U.S., where our history includes similar stories


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Three years ago, at the age of 15, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head on a school bus by Taliban gunmen who objected to her speaking out against the ban on female education in northwest Pakistan. At "He Named Me Malala," a new documentary about her, Jade Greear overheard a conversation that reminded her of an old saying, "Those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it."

Adventure camp for blind gives Homewood’s Marvin Commerford great thrills and memories

Some of us thrive on adventure: jumping out of planes, rock climbing, going down the rapids. Homewood resident Marvin Commerford is one of these thrill seekers. He has been blind since birth, but he gets his kicks on week-long adventure camps that let him discover everything nature has to offer. 

Homewood Farmers Market summer season ends with look to the future

The Homewood Farmers Market held its last summer session Saturday, and probably the last session in its current location, but organizers are already looking forward to new features and a new home on the horizon.

Homewood Fire Department open house provides safety lessons wrapped in fun

Homewood Fire Department's open house attracts bigger crowd for a day of learning and fun Saturday. Kids gleefully climbed into fire trucks, climbed out of a window to escape a simulated fire and watched two demonstrations.

The Rail Committee’s Hobo Night a hit with children and adults

The Railroad Park in Homewood was packed with families enjoying the annual Hobo Night celebration this past Saturday, Oct. 10. The event featured music, a toasty fire, s'mores and stories from the days when hobos rode the rails.

District 153 asks residents and parents for input on schools, programs, funding

External forces have put Homewood District 153 finances in the red, but a 2011 $7.5 million referendum has helped the district cover costs for its excellent academic programs, according to Steve Anderson, chair of the school board’s Finance Committee.

Now that money is running low, and the school board and administrators are trying to determine next steps.

Scenes from the Homewood Fire Department open house 2015

Situated between the Homewood Farmers Market in the morning and Hobo Night in the evening Saturday, Oct. 10, the Homewood Fire Department open house gave familes a fun and educational activity to pursue on a beautiful fall day.


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