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A “toast” to our volunteers at Homer 33C

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High


Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628



For Immediate Release:

April 19, 2016


A “toast” to our volunteers

Homer 33C says “thank you” to parent volunteers who assist in the school libraries, tech labs, lunchrooms, playgrounds and classrooms

Homer School District 33C would be a far different place if it weren’t for the generous, supportive spirit of parents.


Each day, parent volunteers assist our students and staff by shelving books in the school libraries, opening difficult food containers and juice boxes in the school lunchrooms, and assisting students in the tech labs or classrooms.


On Thursday (April 14), the district honored its parent volunteers with a special Appreciation Brunch. The event was held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week.

“Thank you for extending your hands to volunteer,” Dolores Horazy-Gawel, the district’s volunteer coordinator, told parents as they gathered at Schilling School for the Appreciation Brunch.


“There are only 24 hours in a day, and you give so much of that day to us,” she added. “That gesture sends a message to children that school is important. Thank you for your support; we hope you enjoyed the experience.”


At the beginning of the school year, Homer 33C invited parents to consider helping out in the schools by completing an online application. Nearly 70 parents responded, volunteering their time and talents.


They joined a large pool of parents who were already assisting the schools through the Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) and Art Appreciation Program.


“We are fortunate to have so many parents who are willing and able to assist our students and staff,” said Kathleen Robinson, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction. “Because of their efforts, Homer 33C teachers and staff are able to offer more individualized attention and instruction to students.”

Students expressed their appreciation of parent volunteers by having the first-grade classes sing a special song for parents during the Appreciation Brunch. The song, which included such words as “thank you” and “we appreciate you,” was led by music teacher Rebecca Worley.


Because the volunteer program worked so well this year, administrators plan to bring it back next school year. An online application form will be posted on the district’s website at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.



Source: Will County News

Letter to the Editor concerning Homer School Dist. 33C

Dear fellow taxpayers and concerned Homer 33C parents:


What is happening to the schools we have loved and took pride in?


As a lifelong resident and Homer 33C parent I am disgusted and disappointed in  the newly hired administration at Homer 33C!   I don’t understand the need for all the highly paid positions. Public Relations at 75,000?? Homer 33c isn’t a private school that needs to seek out students.  A Benefits Coordinator??  Wouldn’t that money be better spent to benefit our students education?  I have concerns that a clerical, paraprofessional positions or even teaching staff are being cut!!


How will this impact my student’s education? How can our school board not see the effects of these decisions on our students??


We need an administration and school board that make responsible decision with our money and our children.



With great concern for the future of  financial stability of Homer 33c,


A Tax Payer of Homer Glen


Source: Will County News

States’ Rights the Answer to Gun Control

States’ Rights the Answer to Gun Control
David A. Lombardo
On December 15, 1791, when the first ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, were adopted as a result of ratification by three-fourths of the states, it was a reflection on the justifiable paranoia of the framers of the constitution.
The Bill of Rights was written by James Madison, the youngest member of the Continental Congress. Madison, who authored some of the Federalist Papers, wrote the Bill of Rights in 1789. While Madison was born in Virginia and not England, it’s not difficult to imagine that his older cohorts spoke at great length of the tyranny of King George and a government that did not respect its citizenry.
Despite the fact that Madison was born in America, he and the vast majority of the colonists were concerned about government getting out of control. The truth of this is hardly hidden or obscured by time; rather it is loud and clear in all the writings of the framers of the Constitution. The importance of this irrefutable fact is that the Constitution of the United States has never been about federal power but rather the power of the citizen. It is written specifically to limit federal power and keep control of the government in the hands of John Q. Public.
Today every outhouse lawyer is crawling out of the woodwork and weighing in on what John Q can and can’t do about the government’s excessive reach into John Q’s personal life and the diluting of the intent of the Constitution. The topic du jour is federal gun control and the notion that Obama has no authority to issue firearms laws that Congress has rejected. Truth be told, there is a strong case to be made that the federal government shouldn’t be involved in firearms at any level other than assuring no force interferes with interstate commerce.
The Second Amendment is admittedly a bit murky in its language.
“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The anti-gun cabal loves to equate the reference to “militia” with the National Guard, but that’s because they’re either ignorant or lying. In the United States the term “militia” has changed over time from the original intent of the Congress. If one reads the words of the framers of the Constitution, the term “militia” has historically been used to describe all able-bodied men who are not members of the Army or Navy. The militia is John Q, and today, more than ever, the reason for John Q to be armed is to protect and defend the Constitution and not some rogue, socialist government elected by individuals who are more concerned about their next free government handout than their own freedom.
In 2008 the Supreme Court weighed in on the meaning of the Second Amendment, and in an opinion written by the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the court articulated the modern existence of the ancient personal right to keep and bear arms as a pre-political right. The issue at hand is what we can do about a president who is determined to disarm John Q even if it means violating the Constitution, the Congress and the Supreme Court, which brings me to the point.
John Q, like the Founding Fathers, has always been about states’ rights in contrast to an ever-growing, bloated federal government that lives like a parasite, sucking the life out of its citizenry. The solution to our current problem is states’ rights. It’s time for the various states to take back control of this country, stripping the federal government of everything beyond the simple basics envisioned by the Founding Fathers.
Last week the Tennessee Senate gave final approval to a bill setting the foundation to stop enforcement of gun control imposed by international law or treaty. The move began with Tennessee House Bill 2389, which would prohibit law enforcement officers from enforcing provisions of international law and treaties that limit gun rights as specified by the Tennessee State Constitution. The bill awaits action by the governor. Dozens of other states, such as Idaho, Mississippi, Arizona, Alabama and Missouri, are following suit.
There are those who say such laws do not stand up to federal law; maybe so. But in my opinion the federal government has slowly eroded our rights over decades, passing laws and manipulating the system to stack the deck against John Q. I think it’s time to pick up the cards, shuffle and redeal, sending those federal laws to the junkpile of bad history.

Source: Will County News