School District 152.5 Delivers Holiday Joy and Turkeys to 250 Families

School District 152.5 has declared this season one of success thanks to the initiatives it launched that focused on community outreach and fostering educational growth, particularly among board members. It all culminated with a holiday event that helped 250 families.

The school district worked with Top Box Foods Organization. Together, they recently provided holiday meals to Hazel Crest families. Each of the 250 families got a box with turkey and different foods like macaroni and cheese, stuffing, potatoes, onions, evaporated milk, and cranberry sauce. Dr. Dean Barnett, the superintendent, thanked everyone for working together and making good things happen.

“I want to thank all of Hazel Crest staff, volunteers, and community partners who made it a successful event. I tremendously want to thank our School Board for making this opportunity possible for our students and their families. I want to thank our Assistant Superintendent, Yolanda Payne, who was a tremendous help in making this go smoothly. When we unite together with our community in mind, anything is tangible to help others,” says Dr. Barnett.

Newly elected Board member Ivory Myles also shared sentiments of warmth and gratitude, stating, “In my journey, having been a former student and employee of School District 152.5, and now having the opportunity to serve on the board of education and impact the lives of so many families in my community, it truly warms my heart. I pray their holiday season is filled with joy.”

The district gives away 250+ turkeys to Hazel Crest families (Photo Provided).

In addition to its holiday efforts, the district has made the professional growth of its board members a top priority. Recently, these members had the opportunity to attend the annual conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards, which is well known for providing valuable educational opportunities.

Dr. Barnett remarked, “It’s always a joy to attend developmental conferences with colleagues and to find new ways for us to grow.”

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