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Updated: November 11, 2011 4:46PM


Fund-raiser: A group of Barrington High School students, led by Boy Scout Troop 21 and members of BHS Colts Leadership, has formed Go Beyond Barrington, a nonprofit whose first project is to assist in the reconstruction efforts of Joplin High School following the town’s devastating tornado last spring. Go Beyond Barrington’s will host “Go Beyond Week” October 1-7, with the goal of raising $15,000 for the school’s Industrial Technology Program. Go Beyond Barrington week includes two events at Barrington High School, 616 W. Main St. The “Go Beyond Carnival” will be held Oct. 1 from 6 to 9:30 p.m., with games, food, and music, including a live DJ, Eurobungy and giant Twister. Funds will be raised through games and carnival tickets. “Jammin’ For Joplin” will be held Oct. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. featuring Barrington’s finest performers and entertainers, including Flounder Gus, Pat McKillen, BHS 2006, and BHS choral groups. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Details, (630) 715-4656 or


Fund-raiser: The National Honor Society of Grayslake Central High School will host a Dog Show in order to raise funds for Save-A-Pet Oct. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. 400 N. Lake Street. Students and faculty will be showcasing their own dogs. However, attendance at the NHS Dog Show is open to the public with just a $5 admission fee. The show is virtually expense-free to the NHS, so all proceeds will go directly to Save-A-Pet. Save-A-Pet is a not-for-profit, no-kill adoption center. Save-A-Pet is struggling to maintain funding for its noble cause. NHS gladly supports Save-A-Pet and is hosting its second annual Dog Show to help the future success of the organization. The compeition’s categories will include: Best in Show, Best Dressed, Best Dog and Owner Look-alike, Teacher’s Pet and Fastest Eater. The winners will get certificates and trophies and will be recognized at the end of the show. Details, (847) 986-3448.


Fund-raiser: Rockland School will begin its fourth “Rockland Road Rally” Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. at the school, 160 W. Rockland Road. The two-hour scavenger hunt followed by a social event to raise money for the school will have parents driving throughout town to complete challenges, activities and teamwork all related to the theme of this year’s rally, “The Heart of Rock-n-Roll.” Each stop on the rally will feature a different show. The two-hour road portion of the evening will end at 6 p.m. with dinner, beverages, and music at Downings Restaurant in Libertyville. Details, (847) 362-9695.


Award: School District 103 received an Award of Merit for its Vision 2015 strategic plan from the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA) recently. INSPRA ‘s Award of Merit recognizes the District 103 Vision 2015 publication as exemplary in editorial content and graphic design. The Vision 2015 publication is recognized for its content and design in the special purpose category. Entries to the annual INSPRA Communications Contest are judged according to category-specific rubrics by an outside panel of communications professionals.


Orchesis Show: The first Orchesis Dance show of the new school year will be held Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at Mundelein High School, 1350 W. Hawley St. The performance will include dances from the MHS Orchesis Club, the beginning and advanced dance classes and dances from participants in the youth dance clinic held the day before Oct. 2. Cost for the show is $4 and $3 for students with ID, children and seniors. Details, (847) 949-2200.

Collage Concert: The Mundelein High School instrumental music department will present its annual Fall Collage Concert Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. at MHS, 1350 W. Hawley St. The concert will include a sampling of the different instrumental music genres from MHS. Those will include the Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Drumline and Flag Corps. Admission to the concert is free. Adam Gohr and Matt Farmer are the instrumental music directors. Details, (847) 949-2200.

Awards: Mundelein High School was recognized with seven awards presented by the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA) at a luncheon recently in Oak Brook. The materials submitted were judged by a panel of members from several surrounding states. Kent Meister, communications instructor, received an award for the 2011 Retirees video that was presented to all MHS staff members who retired at the close of last school year. Assistant Principal James Ongtengco earned an award for a Prom Safety video that was shown to students prior to last spring’s Prom. Five of the MHS publications also earned awards. Those included The Messenger, the district newsletter; The Grapevine, the employee newsletter; the 2011 Graduation program; a Fine Arts Calendar, and the 50th Celebration Memory Book. Ron Girard, communications director, was editor for these publications. Assistance for the Memory Book was provided by MHS Senior Kadeem Williams and MHS alumna Wendy Cordts.

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