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Updated: November 16, 2011 2:03PM


Presentation: All are invited to attend a presentation and discussion led by Rachel’s Challenge with the goal of starting a chain reaction of kindness at Grayslake High School and in the community Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Grayslake North High School, 1925 Route 83. Rachel’s Challenge is an international organization dedicated to the legacy of Rachel Joy Scott who was one of the victims of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. After her death, her parents sought to honor her memory by encouraging others to live as Rachel did, with kindness, compassion and dreams to touch the lives of others in a positive way. After experiencing an all school assembly during the day on Oct. 17, students will be asked to accept five challenges through the coming months. These challenges include looking for the best in others, daring to dream big, seeking positive influences, engaging in small acts of kindness and starting your own chain reaction to leave a legacy of compassion. A discussion will follow. Details, (847) 986-3448 or e-mail or

Vernon Hills

Donations: Westfield shopping centers and the Westfield Family program announced that Vernon Hills High School will receive a $2,500 donation through “Give Back to School.” Through the national program implemented at 23 centers across the country, Westfield will donate $57,500 to local schools to be used to support such school programs as arts and music, sciences, physical education, libraries and technology resources. The winning school was chosen by shoppers who presented their shopping receipts from Westfield retailers to the Westfield Concierge desk, with each dollar spent counting as 1 point. Additional points were earned by “liking” Westfield Hawthorn on Facebook. Shoppers also showed their generosity by donating school supplies and backpacks to Arden Shore Child & Family Services.

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