The West Chicago Rotary Club hosted a luncheon for new West Chicago Community High School teachers Friday, August 10, 2018, at Cantigny Golf. In tote bags donated by Republic Bank, Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce provided welcome and informational packages for the teachers. Included were packets, certificates and small gifts from various Chamber members.
Mayor Ruben Pineda said he was a graduate of the high school. “It is a wonderful school. The career you have chosen has a big impact in the world. You prepare the youth for life’s challenges. West Chicago is a community with a diverse heritage and culture. Our Parks, Museum and Library can help you better understand the cultures of the students.”
Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce CEO/President David Sabathne said, “You teachers are teaching students for careers that do not exist yet. It is your responsibility to teach them how to learn by continual learning. Then they know how to like change with a positive spirit.”
Tom Tawney, a board member of Mexican Cultural Center DuPage, said, “Our mission is to promote and maintain the historical parts of Mexican culture through the history of the railroads in West Chicago and the celebration of Mexican Independence Day. The mariachi band at Leman Middle School is one of the best in DuPage County.” He went on to talk about the merits of the West Chicago Public Library and the local Gallery Theater.
City Special Events Coordinator Bethany Bayci talked about the special fests in the community and the Local Government Academy.
Rotary Club president Omar Espinosa described some the activities in which the Club is involved. These included the High School Interact Club, the collection of hats and gloves for those in need, working with the local food pantry, Octoberfest and scholarships.
Dr. Doug Domeracki , Superintended Community High School District 94, said, “A connection between the community and the schools is so very important. We collectively work together.”
The West Chicago Lions Club welcomed new teachers from Community Elementary School District 33 at a separate luncheon. Mayor Pineda extended a hearty welcome to the group and conveyed his best wishes for the upcoming school year. Referring to the important work teachers carry out everyday and the impact that they have on the next generation of the City’s and the world’s leaders, Mayor Pineda said, “It’s an honor to be in your midst.”
Some content courtesy of At Home with Merle Burleigh.
Photos courtesy of Community School District 33 and Community High School 94.