At a welcome luncheon at St. Andrews Golf and Country Club, sponsored by the West Chicago Lions Club last week, Mayor Ruben Pineda addressed new teachers, current staff and administration from West Chicago Community School District 33 with words of welcome, encouragement and support.
He reflected on the impact West Chicago teachers had on him during his formative years growing up in the community. “To this day, I credit so many of my former teachers for positively impacting the person I am today. They ignited a love of learning, instilled values, and inspired confidence. I will be forever grateful for their passion, dedication and patience,” he said, speaking of the imprint teachers make daily in the lives of their students.
Mayor Pineda closed his welcome message with an invitation, “…to explore the culture of our city through the many beautiful public spaces we have here in West Chicago – our Parks, Library, Recreation Center, Prairie, Museum and public art gallery. By doing so you will gain a better understanding of the collective experiences of the students who will sit in your classroom, as well as getting familiar with the resources that are available to you as you settle into your professional life here in the community.”
The tradition of hosting a welcome luncheon for new teachers of the District was made possible by active service members of the West Chicago Lions Club. The new school year for District 33 students begins August 24, 2017.