12. Educational Alternatives in Barrington Presentation

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 It’s school registration time for the 2015/2016 academic year and, if you’re considering alternatives to public schools, there’s a great presentation coming up the evening of Monday, January 26th.  A panel of educators from Barrington area schools will share info and answer your questions about the difference between Waldorf and Montessori education, the value of … Read more…

255. “We Are Carnival” – 28th Annual Grove Avenue School Carnival Opens Friday!

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 What do the Super Shot, Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars, 1001 Naughts, Swings and Windjammer have in common? They’re all awesome rides ready to thrill attendees of all ages at the Grove Avenue Carnival this weekend. This is your second-to-last chance to enjoy the Carnival, a fun-filled event that supports District 220 schools and offers a … Read more…

Winter Blast for Barrington 220 Educational Foundation

Barrington 220 Educational Foundation Winter Blast 2014 Fundraiser

Put on your warmest winter sweater and join us for “Winter Blast! A Night in the North Woods” to benefit the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation.  To be held Saturday, February 8 at 6 p.m. at the Biltmore Country Club, guests will enjoy activities both inside and out at this winter themed event! Chicago Motown and … Read more…

112. Pranav Sivakumar’s Two Secrets to Spelling Bee Success

Pranav Sivakumar at the Barrington Area Library

 We all watched on national TV last week as Station Middle School 8th grader, Pranav Sivakumar, sailed his way to the top, placing second in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.  It was Pranav’s third time competing in this bee, but his first time making it past the semi-finals.  I met up … Read more…

27. Students Host Fashion Fundraiser for Guatemalan Family

Hope's In Co-Founder Courtney Quigley in Guatemala

If you’ve been reading our posts here at 365Barrington.com for a while, you know we love to write about upcoming events and the people behind the many things to do in Barrington.  Today, we’re taking a new approach.  In a new series called Good Works, we’ll be inviting guest writers to share posts about people helping others and ways we can get involved.

Good Works
Helping Hands in Barrington, Illinois

Our first guest post is from a Barrington High School Junior named Courtney Quigley.  We asked Courtney to share, in her own words, the experience that motivated her to organize a fashion show fundraiser in Barrington this weekend.  The purpose of the event is to help build a home for a Guatemalan family living, among rats, in a shack surrounded by garbage.

Courtney Quigley in Guatemala
Courtney Quigley with Children in Guatemala

The student fashion show is called Hope’s in Style, it’s happening at The Garlands Center for The Performing Arts from 1 to 4 p.m. this Sunday, February 24th, and we’re all invited.  All proceeds from the event will go to Pottter’s House Association to build a house for 8-year-old Monica Morales and her seven family members who currently call a Guatemala City garbage dump their home.

Living Conditions at Guatemala City Garbage Dump - Courtesy of Courtney Quigley
Living Conditions at Guatemala City Garbage Dump – Courtesy of Courtney Quigley

And that’s where I’ll let Courtney Quigley herself pick things up.  I hope you will be moved, as I was, by her story…

Hope’s in Style

by Courtney Quigley, Barrington High School Junior

When I was younger, I really thought I knew exactly where my life was going. At seven years old, I wanted to be a world famous actress.  Later, I decided that I wanted to be a chef. The third ambition was to become a doctor. But things change in your mind when they change in your heart.

Courtney Quigley in Guatemala
Courtney Quigley in Guatemala

Things changed for me when my family went on our first trip to Guatemala. I was eight years old and my younger sister was only five.  On that trip, we worked with an organization called Kids Around The World that builds playgrounds in places affected by war, poverty, illness and natural disasters.  At this time in my life I spoke no Spanish, so I thought I would not be able to communicate with all the children that we met. But I was so wrong.

Courtney Quigley (Center) Playing with Children in Guatemala
Courtney Quigley (Center) Playing with Children in Guatemala

My mom threw my siblings and me a soccer ball and the kids slowly but surely came over to us. We played soccer for the next three days. By the time the playground was ready I had made friendships, learned how bad I was at soccer and, most importantly, I found a place in my heart that was especially dedicated to Guatemala.

Guatemala City has about 1 million people living in it. These million people produce a lot of trash. All their trash is dumped in a 40-acre ravine.

Guatemala City Garbage Dump
Guatemala City Garbage Dump – Courtesy of Courtney Quigley

As you can imagine, homeless people in Guatemala City have naturally migrated there. In fact, three generations of human beings, fathers, brothers, sisters and mothers have lived in that trash and built whole communities out of it.

A Home in the Guatemala City Garbage Dump
A Home in the Guatemala City Garbage Dump – Courtesy of Courtney Quigley

That is where Potter’s House comes into play.

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23. “Smart Moves” and the New BHS Business Start-Up Incubator

Smart Moves - Barrington 220

 We’re always working on projects behind-the-scenes here at 365Barrington.com to keep things fresh and new.  And we’ve had something special up our sleeves for the past few months.  We’ve decided to carve out a little space on this website where we feature cool things happening at District 220 schools.  We’re going to put all of … Read more…

20. Barrington EATS: The Forbidden Fruit for Tasty Tuesday

Grapefruit is the Tasty Tuesday Ingredient of the Month for February

It’s Tasty Tuesday time again at District 220 schools, and the ingredient of the month for February is grapefruit.  Tasty Tuesday is a new healthy eating initiative in our elementary schools where students are served a sample of a fruit or vegetable on the first Tuesday of each month.  Then, the same food item will be offered intermittently on the school lunch menu for remainder of the month.

Tasty Tuesday at Barrington District 220 Schools
Tasty Tuesday at Barrington District 220 Schools

Since the district also recommends we try to serve our kids the food of the month in our own homes, we have a family-friendly recipe for you try, starring the ingredient of the month.  I couldn’t be more excited to share a few tips about serving grapefruit, which is my favorite fruit and affectionately known as “The Forbidden Fruit” by those, like me, who love it.

Grapefruit is the Tasty Tuesday Ingredient of the Month for February
Grapefruit is the Tasty Tuesday Ingredient of the Month for February

Others may just remember the grapefruit diet fad and perhaps only think of grapefruit as a cleanser for the fruit’s low glycemic index, which helps the body’s metabolism burn fat when digesting. It’s also a great provider of Vitamin C, fiber and lycopene and can help lower cholesterol. These are all good reasons to incorporate grapefruit into your diet. But how about because it tastes great? And I find it truly reliable in texture and flavor in all seasons.

I agree with District 220’s Tasty Tuesday program that we should all try to get our families to eat more grapefruit. Grapefruit has a reputation for being bitter, which happens if you get a bite with too much of the abundant pith, the part that surrounds and separates the segments. Here is a way to cut the fruit that eliminates the majority of the pith, and allows you to easily eat or carve out just the juicy pulp…

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12. Band Together “Give it Up for 220” Music Fest

Dr. Tom Leonard Playing Piano for Students - Courtesy of Barrington Community School District 220

 Mark your calendars for a brand new music festival happening at Wool Street in Barrington this February.  It’s called the Band Together Music Fest and will feature performances by six bands which include members who are students, alums or have other connections to Barrington District 220 schools. The fest will begin at 5 p.m. at … Read more…

327. District 220 Tightens Security at All Schools for Holiday Events

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Security at Barrington’s schools has been at the forefront of conversations among District 220 administrators this week.  The District sent an email on Wednesday, urging families to “keep calm” as you notice “stringent security measures” for holiday events at all schools and the district is thanking area police for their visible presence at schools following last Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Increased Police Presence at District 220 Schools - Courtesy of D220
Increased Police Presence at District 220 Schools – Facebook.com/Barrington220

Superintendent, Dr. Tom Leonard, met with district administrators earlier this week to discuss plans to review safety procedures and protocols at all Barrington schools.

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Dr. Leonard Meeting with District 220 Administrators this Week – Courtesy of Dr. Jeff Arnett

Dr. Leonard says he has heard from a number of concerned District 220 parents with questions about local school safety since Friday’s tragedy.

“The general tone is people are worried because, when they see something like this happen, they do realize that it could happen anywhere…

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266. Barrington EATS: Lunch Lessons on “Tasty Tuesday”

Barrington 220 "Tasty Tuesday" Healthy Eating Initiative - Courtesy of Barrington School District 220

Have you heard about Tasty Tuesday? Wondering what’s going on that tastes so good? It’s the latest initiative in Barrington School District 220’s effort to better educate our students on healthy eating.  They’re turning lunchtime into a teaching opportunity by having fun with featured foods.

Courtesy of Barrington School District 220

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Sodexho Food Service and our school PTOs are working to introduce one new healthy food to our students each month.

On the first Tuesday of the month, elementary school students will have an opportunity to sample a fruit or vegetable during lunch. Then, the same food item will be offered intermittently in the lunch menu for the remainder of the month. 

The district is also getting students involved on the middle and high school levels, where they’ll offer the fruit or veggie of the month and display posters about “Tasty Tuesday” in the cafeterias.  And, for early childhood students, a healthy snack of fruits or veggies will be offered twice a week.

The goal of the program is to provide elementary age students with increased opportunities to sample fruits and vegetables.  Why?  Because research shows that it takes five to twenty tastes before children begin to like a new food.

The district is also encouraging families to get involved by including the same fruit or vegetable in your menus at home throughout the month to increase opportunities for further taste testing.

October’s Tasty Tuesday food is Sweet Potatoes. You likely know that many studies point to the sweet potato as the number one healthiest vegetable.

One medium sweet potato contains only 130 calories, 2 grams of protein, less than one gram of fat, is low in sodium, contains a full day’s supply of vitamin C and provides 700% of the US RDA for Vitamin A. The antioxidants in the sweet potato may help to prevent heart disease and cancer, bolster the immune system and even slow aging by promoting good vision and healthy skin. Talk about a super food!

Below is one of my favorite, unique ways to use sweet potatoes, in the Sweet Potato Salad recipe from my 30 Spectacular Salads cookbook…

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