A. Expand student participation and
involvement in prevention activities
Develop parent and community involvement in substance
and violence abuse awareness and responsibility
Provide teacher training for substance and violence
abuse awareness and implementation of substance/violence
Provide curriculum materials for grades K-8 early
Annually disseminate substance and violence
At the March 23,
the Council discussed the three focus areas and felt they
should continue until decisions are reached through a “
Rejuvenation Workshop” in the fall of 2005. At that point,
we’d like to analyze three areas, based on current data and
needs: revision/recommitment to the Mission Statement,
Goals, Logo, and future Focus Areas.
Asset-Building and CHARACTER COUNTS! SM Initiatives Utilize
the current data (i.e. Spring 2002-03-04 Character
Survey/Bully Results) to help focus new and experienced
Wellness Council Members on current goals
Intergovernmental Committee – “Youth Master Plan”
(Leadership and Involvement)]
September 29 th meeting , The Council decided to have the
January 26, 2006 meeting to discuss the continuation of the
Wellness Council and the needed commitment of members to take
leadership roles on the Council. Christine Gaylord is retiring
June 30, 2006. She described all the roles she undertook to run
the council meetings and keep it organized.
subcommittee consisting of Christine Gaylord, Bridget Johnson,
Leslie Pollock, and Tim Cramer will plan the January 26, 2006 ½
day morning session – to be held in the upstairs meeting room of
the Woodridge Public Library from 8-11:00 am.
Red Ribbon Week
2005 – Oct. 22-30 “Be a Hero – Lead a DRUG-FREE Life”
School Board Presentation “Red Ribbon Award”: Community
Service Police Officer Edward P. Pogson.
Monday, November 21, 2005 at 7:30 pm – Jefferson Junior
Presented by Jefferson’s Builder’s Club Coordinator, Ms.
Danielle Pratt and Vice-President Bridget Coleman.
Locations for School Adoptions:
Edgewood – Wdg Public Library Goodrich – District 68
Meadowview – Wdg. Police Dept.
Murphy – Fire Department Buildings
Sipley – Wdg. Park District
Willow Creek – Wdg. Village Hall
Jefferson Jr. High – Wdg Community
Lakeview Jr. High – Lakeview JH
Scholastica - St. Scholastica
CHARACTER COUNTS! SM
Character Week – October 16-22, 2005
Aug/September - Responsibility February - Respect
October - Trustworthiness March - Respect
November - Citizenship April - Trustworthiness
December- Caring May - Caring
January - Fairness June / July – Fairness/Citizenship
– The Village and the Park District hosted a
“School/Village Forum” for students in grades 5-8 at the
Community Resource Center. They asked youth participants
for ideas for youth volunteers (i.e. library, haunted
hayrides, lifeguards, etc.).
Woodridge Park District – See above. They are
hosting 1-hour “Kids Dialogs” at all Woodridge schools
and St. Scholastica (YMCA, Village, Park District,
Library, Police, Fire). They want get volunteer
information out and elicit ideas for youth programs in
Woodridge District 68/PTOs -
The District and Village organizations are
fundraising for “Katrina’s Kids”. Funds are being sent
to St. James Parish in Louisiana, a district about the
size of Woodridge 68. St. James is hosting many refugee
students as part of hurricane relief.
The Junior Achievement program is in Woodridge
schools with Chamber involvement.
Edgewood – Their Student Council has
representation from all grade levels; officers are 5 th
and 6 th graders. Sharing with the community and world
is important to this council. They are trying to involve
more students with service projects like garbage
collecting and field trips to assist the community. They
are fundraising for Katrina’s Kids (raffles, bowling,
miniature golf with teachers).
Goodrich – Their theme this year is STARS (Stop,
Think, Act, Review, Smile). They feature the pillar of
the month. The GSO is fundraising for Katrina’s Kids.
Meadowview – Their theme this year is MOSAIC
(multicultural). At their open house they had a “museum”
of the arts and flags of the cultures represented at
Meadowview. Their PTO hosted a “taste of Meadowview” – a
family gathering where everyone brought food and/or a
recipe from their country. They are fundraising with
raffles for Katrina’s Kids.
Murphy – They are fundraising for Katrina’s Kids
(i.e. ice cream cups, raffles)
Sipley – They are currently running elections for
Student Council. “Pause,” a parent participation program
has successfully begun at Sipley (see #1 above). The
school hosted a parent/student/staff dance. About
Willow Creek – They are currently collecting for
Jefferson – Jefferson wants to thank the
Woodridge Police and Fire Departments for helping to
conduct their “ Safety Day”. Students and staff are
collecting for Katrina’s Kids.
PPS Social Work – Students are completing chores
to raise funds for Katrina’s Kids. Firefighters are
visiting schools on safety themes. Schools continue to
work with CC! and bully prevention.
Lakeview Junior High, Darien District 66 –
Lakeview’s Student Council “Community Action Committee”
held a 5-day competitive fundraiser for victims of
Katrina. Krispy Kreme donuts were prizes. They raised
$500 in 5 days.
“Home Base” classes were revamped. In this 20 minute a
day period students meet with staff in small groups
(15:1). They do CC!, team building, birthdays.
th Grade Day” - They played golf as an in-school field
They are doing a Snowflake program on Saturday, Oct. 1
with CSD99 as part of the high school Snowball program.
Lakeview’s CC! Club consists of grades 7 and 8
Leadership Teams. They accomplish the following:
students attended the C3 College at North Central
College in October 2005.
leaders will go to IDEA in November 2005 in Peoria
7 th Grade
leaders teach elementary students the pillars of CC!
St. Scholastica School – Students donated $1000 as a
free-will offering from kids (not adults) for Katrina
relief. They “adopted” a family in Louisiana who is hosting
14 refugees in their home. They are collecting for the food
pantry. They are continuing with the CC! Activities. Ten of
their middle school students will attend the C3 College in
Woodridge Public Educational Foundation – Their annual
golf outing was held October 3 rd. They are looking for
parents to serve on their Board. This organization gives
grants to schools.
Woodridge Community Resource Center –
They just completed a program, “Plant a Promise to Be
Tobacco Free” with the Lisle-Wdg Fire District Station
2, Resource Center, and the DuPage County Health Dept.
They planted red “tobacco free” tulips. They had the
Fire Dept. conduct an outreach program on fire
fatalities – the leading cause of children’s deaths
(80%). Master Gardeners from the U of I and the Junior
Women’s Club are planting 50 bulbs on Sat., Oct. 8 with
mums around the perimeter.
October 20 th they will celebrate “Lights on After
School”, a national event for after school programs.
October 22 is “Make a Difference Day”. They use high
school students and the park district bus so youth can
help senior citizens “neighbor to neighbor”.
October 29 they will help the food pantry with “fall
K-6 th grades have a theatre workshop on Fridays.
D.A.R.E. – The Woodridge DARE program has 1 new officer.
Their goal is to have 1 officer per school. This will
involve more police officers.
Fire Department Prevention Bureau – Fire Prevention Week
is Oct. 9-15. The firefighters visit schools with their
equipment and trucks as well as conduct evacuation drills.
They are available to be available at special functions in
the village. Eight firefighters have completed 2-week
volunteer tours of duty to Louisiana to St. Bernard Parrish
(District 9) for Katrina assistance.
Metro DuPage Family Services –
They offer general counseling to parents and children,
many referred from school social workers. They offer a
Metro DuPage offers adoption preservation programs.
They help relocate Senior citizens and provide a respite
home for Seniors.
Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program –
Pat Nugent visits families in the District 68 boundaries
who have children 0-5 years old.
Edgewood school has a Pre-kindergarten program from a
grant. They recently had a family night with Spanish
translators and - food. It was well attended.
PAT needs more Spanish-speaking volunteers and staff.
Police Officers attend their family nights. The officers
help family members understand that the officers are
genuinely interested and want to be pro-active in
meeting family needs.
DuPage County Health Dept. –
September is “Emergency Preparedness Month”. DuPage
County’s First Responders are Police, Fire, and DuPage
County Health Department employees. They recommend all
citizens have on hand 72 hours worth of supplies in case
of an emergency. Their web page is
www.dupagehealth.org. They are focusing on training
and public information.
The Medical Reserve Corps needs lots of volunteers.
More municipalities are going to smoke-free restaurants.
The villages/towns make the decision.
October 17 is the date for flu shots through the county
for high-risk and seniors.
The Health Department is monitoring the progress of the
avian flu through migratory birds.
Woodridge Area Chamber of Commerce –
The Abraham Lincoln Center for Character Development
offers “Business and CC!” The University of Illinois is
working with them with training for businesses.
Local businesses are involved with the Junior
Achievement in Woodridge Schools.
On November 15 the Chamber is
hosting their 2 nd “Ladies Night Out” at the Boback
Signature Room from 4-8:00. No Charge. This evening
involves the American Cancer Society.
The Chamber has a “Greeter” program. Thus far, 18
business personnel have welcomed new residents.
Healthy DuPage Character Coalition (Abraham Lincoln Center
for Character Development) –
October 25 th Tom Lacona and Matt Davidson will present
their report on “Smart and Good High Schools” at the NIU
The DuPage Character Coalition meets the 2 nd Wednesday
of the month at Aramark on Finley Road in Downers Grove
11:30-1:30. Participants can buy lunch or bring it to
this “lunch meeting”. October’s topics are “Education,
Sports and Business”.
The IL School Code has revised character education to
the 6 pillars:
Act 94-0187 (HB 1336)
Effective Date: July 12, 2005
Summary: This public act alters existing forms
of character that must be taught in order to
comply with the character education mandate for
pupils. The definition of character is provided
along with the need for teachers to teach pupils
respect, responsibility, fairness, caring,
trustworthiness, and citizenship, in order to
raise pupils’ honesty, kindness, justice,
discipline, respect for others, and moral
courage for the purpose of lessening crime and
raising the standard of good character.