Good Works: 1st Annual Bags for Charity Boosts Ride for 3 Reasons

Good Works: 1st Annual Bags for Charity Boosts Ride for 3 Reasons

 Organizers say the first annual Bags for Charity tournament was a great success in raising funds and awareness for Barrington High School student Jan Gierlach’s upcoming 3,300 mile solo bike ride from San Diego, CA to St. Augustine, Florida. After graduating early from BHS, Jan will be setting off in February of 2017 with the hope of raising $600,000 to support those facing cancer, ALS … Read more…

Prairie Students Auctioning Painted Rain Barrels to Support Partner School in Kenya

Prairie Students Auctioning Painted Rain Barrels to Support Partner School in Kenya

 With the help of art teacher Lori Weyburn, students at Prairie Middle School have hand painted eight rain barrels which they’re auctioning off to raise funds for Ndemu Elementary, a school they’re sponsoring in Kenya. Prairie partnered with the school through H2O for Life, an organization helping provide a clean water source, bathroom facilities and sanitation education to students at Ndemu. Winning bidders in the … Read more…

“Get the Dirt on Composting” Class with Smart Farm of Barrington

“Get the Dirt on Composting” Class with Smart Farm of Barrington

 Did you know that 40% of the waste in our landfills is food that can be composted? That’s why Smart Farm of Barrington is inviting all who are interested in learning more to join their “All About Composting” event from 9 to 11 a.m. this Saturday, May 21st. Smart Farm’s comprehensive class will feature master composters and Mindful Waste co-founders, Mike Kainz, Jennifer Kainz and … Read more…

Good Works: Parents Surprise Roslyn School Teachers with Lounge Makeover

Good Works: Parents Surprise Roslyn School Teachers with Lounge Makeover

 We have all seen the shows on TV where an unsuspecting homeowner is surprised with a kitchen or bathroom makeover. That’s exactly how the teachers at Roslyn Elementary School felt when they returned to work after spring break. A small group of Roslyn parents spent spring break transforming the tired-looking teachers’ lounge into a comfortable space where the teachers can unwind and take a much … Read more…

Derby Party Draws Record Crowd, Raises Over $65K for Barrington Children’s Charities

Derby Party Draws Record Crowd, Raises Over $65K for Barrington Children’s Charities

 A beautiful day and a brand new venue brought record attendance to Barrington Children’s Charities’ sixth annual Kentucky Derby Party, which raised over $65,000 to support kids in the Barrington area. More than 230 guests attended this “Derby Party Like No Other”, where colorful hats were spotted at every turn on the rooftop terrace at Shakou Sushi, which is celebrating its first spring season on … Read more…

Get Growing: Help Smart Farm Clean Up Barrington’s Community Garden

Get Growing: Help Smart Farm Clean Up Barrington’s Community Garden

 Now here’s a great way to celebrate Earth Week! All are welcome to join Smart Farm of Barrington volunteers on Saturday as they clean up our community gardens for spring to grow produce for local food pantries. Want to learn a thing or two about gardening? Pitch in Saturday and you’ll be working alongside some of Barrington’s most knowledgeable gardeners! Smart Farm’s spring clean up … Read more…

Good Works: Saint Anne’s 6th Grade “Kindness Expo” Raises $1,700 for Migrant Workers

Good Works: Saint Anne’s 6th Grade “Kindness Expo” Raises $1,700 for Migrant Workers

 Students at Saint Anne Parish School worked hard this Lenten season to raise money to help others. In addition to $200 raised during the 8th grade bake sale, 6th graders hosted Saint Anne’s first ever “Kindness Expo”, raising over $1,700 for migrant workers in Yakima, Washington! 6th grade teacher Megan Feit says students in her religion class were inspired to host the Kindess Expo after … Read more…

VIDEO: BHS Dance Marathon Raises $14.4K for Miracle Network Families at Lurie Children’s Hospital

VIDEO: BHS Dance Marathon Raises $14.4K for Miracle Network Families at Lurie Children’s Hospital

 A night of serious dancing pays off for Barrington High School students who surpassed their $10,000 fundraising goal by raising nearly $14,400 during their Miracle Network Dance Marathon Saturday. The money raised will support young patients fighting pediatric illness and their families at Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital. About 200 students came out to Saturday’s Dance Marathon, which was organized by a group of about 30 … Read more…

Fellowship Housing’s Silver Gala Celebrates 25 Years of Helping Single Moms Avoid Homelessness

Fellowship Housing’s Silver Gala Celebrates 25 Years of Helping Single Moms Avoid Homelessness

 Over 270 people attended Fellowship Housing’s Silver Gala, their 9th annual event which also marked the organization’s 25th anniversary on Saturday night. Guests gathered at the Chicago Marriott Northwest in Hoffman Estates to celebrate and support Fellowship Housing’s efforts to empower single moms who are either homeless or one small crisis away from homelessness. In addition to cocktails, dinner, live music, dancing and a silent … Read more…

VIDEO: 4th Annual Hope’s In Style Student Fashion Show Raises Funds for 7 New Homes in Guatemala City

VIDEO: 4th Annual Hope’s In Style Student Fashion Show Raises Funds for 7 New Homes in Guatemala City

 Local volunteers will build seven new homes this summer for Guatemala City families living in extreme poverty thanks to those who came out to support Sunday’s BHS-student produced Hopes in Style fashion show at Stonegate Conference & Banquet Centre in Hoffman Estates. That brings the total number of homes built by the Hope’s In organization to more than 20 in the past four years! Hope’s … Read more…

Good Works: BHS Code Red Club Hosts Basketball Tournament for Local Charities

Good Works: BHS Code Red Club Hosts Basketball Tournament for Local Charities

 Nets swished and buzzers sounded as Code Red hosted their annual 3×3 charity basketball tournament. Code Red is a club at Barrington High School that focuses on serving the community through fundraising and volunteering. High school students of all grades and skill levels were eligible to compete in Saturday’s tournament, and the extensive turnout provided for an exuberant and vying evening of basketball. Students formed … Read more…

Mindful Waste Initiative Gains Momentum with Barrington High School Lunchroom Audit

Mindful Waste Initiative Gains Momentum with Barrington High School Lunchroom Audit

 Ever wonder how much food gets thrown out in the lunchroom at Barrington High School? Well, the founders of a new Barrington non-profit, Mindful Waste, are shedding new light on the answer plus a few key takeaways after a lunchroom waste audit they hosted at BHS Thursday. In just one day, they collected 27 pounds of uneaten food, 42 pounds of garbage headed for the … Read more…

364. Saint Anne Parish School “Warm, Fuzzy & Fun” Student Service Project Puts Others First

364. Saint Anne Parish School  “Warm, Fuzzy & Fun” Student Service Project Puts Others First

 The Saint Anne Parish School community has answered the call in a time of need yet again, adding a new twist to the 15th year of their Operation Warm, Fuzzy & Fun service project. The school-wide tradition began with the idea of helping children who might be cold and in need of warm pajamas at Christmas time.  This advent season they followed servant leadership habit … Read more…

355. VIDEO: Barrington Giving Day Volunteers Bring Goods, Gifts & Joy to Barrington 220 Families in Need

355. VIDEO: Barrington Giving Day Volunteers Bring Goods, Gifts & Joy to Barrington 220 Families in Need

 Thousands of Barrington 220 children and parents will be having a brighter – and warmer – holiday season thanks to the efforts of hundreds more volunteers behind Barrington Giving Day. The annual day of giving took place Saturday at Station Middle School where those in need came to receive needed goods and gifts, warm coats and more, donated by the community. BHS Senior Gus Goetze … Read more…