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Johnil “Johnny” Owens, a new Trier High School security staff member, received the School Staff Encouragement Award sponsored by the US Department of Education.

The Illinois Board of Education and Governor JB Pritzker said on Nov. 30 that Owens was one of two Illinois school support personnel selected by state officials to represent Illinois at the 2022 National RISE Awards. announced that he was one of U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona will select one of her employees to receive the National RISE Award by Spring 2023.

“Working at Nutria with so many amazing staff members, teachers and students inspired me to pursue education.” Children are receptive and kind and I am honored to be able to mentor so many students and help shape their futures.

“When students asked me why I was ‘so popular’ at Nutria, I replied that it was because I knew magic and could make you believe in yourself. I root for you.” I am with you. ”

In addition to his position as a member of the security staff, Owens is also a sponsor of Nutria’s African American Community Club and Foster Reading and Tutoring Club. He served on the district’s equity committee and volunteered for student council. According to the school district, he often works with administration to provide perspective and experience on how schools can be a better place for all students and staff.

This is not the first honor for Owens, who received the Distinguished Award for Educational Services Professionals in ISBE’s 2022 Distinguished Persons Program.

“We are thrilled that the Illinois Board of Education and Governor Pritzker have recognized Johnny Owens for his extraordinary contributions to education and Nutria High School. We truly do more than every day to build a positive culture.”

Click here for details of the RISE Award Here.

5 stars Wilmette Public Library

Wilmette Public Library has been awarded 5 stars by the Library Journal for the fourth year in a row. Annual evaluation of public libraries.

Wilmette Public Library again ranked among the top 10 libraries in the nation with an annual budget of $5 million to $9.9 million. According to a press release from the library, it has the highest circulation of electronic resources (11.08 per capita) and Wi-Fi sessions (32.10 per capita) of any library in its category . Libraries also ranked high in booklet circulation (18 per capita) and library visits (8.32 per capita).

Librarian Director Anthony Owston said in a release: “The continued support of the Wilmette and Kenilworth communities and their enthusiasm for our libraries will inspire us to continue reaching higher levels. And we are honored to have it recognized nationally.”

Wilmette Public Library is one of 5,359 libraries judged in the 2020 statistically based competition. Of the 258 star-rated libraries, 42 were in Illinois. Elmhurst, Oak Park, Elk Grove, Northbrook, Cook Memorial (Libertyville), Ela Area (Lake Zurich), Downers Grove, and Des Plaines Public Libraries also received five-star ratings.

Residents have the right answers to help Wilmette 39 schools at trivia night

More than $12,000 was raised from more than 220 attendees at the District 39 Educational Foundation’s 10th Annual Trivia Night on November 12, according to a press release from the D39 Educational Foundation.

The event, the first in-person event in two years, will reportedly benefit the foundation’s grants to D39 schools.

Twenty-two teams competed in two rounds of trivia, vying for the most creative themes and costumes. Heading the night’s trivia team were ‘The Monopolizers’ dressed up as Monopoly figures, and ‘Last But Not The Least’ (aka The Last Supper) was named Best in Show.

“It is great to see the creativity and energy of our community and to be able to come together in person again to have fun and raise funds for the new needs of our schools, Chairman, in a press release.

“The foundation relies on these funds from a grant program awarded in the spring and fall to enhance the learning environment in local schools,” said Carla Benigni, co-chair of the committee. I’m here.

Trivia Night’s event chair, Trevor Jesse, said the net proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s Grip Grant Program, which supports educational programs, experiences and skills that complement the school curriculum.

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