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Walker Elementary School has begun a four-week-long Artist and Residence program with the Piven Theatre Workshop.

The program will bring professional artists into the classrooms to conduct theatre and writing workshops that will reinforce the school curriculum and introduce a variety of performance and adaptation techniques.

The artists will be working primarily with the second grade but will provide workshops to every class in the school on a rotating basis. 

Students will work with poetry as a vehicle for expression and will explore the 1800’s, pioneer life and the Underground Railroad.  Students will be exposed to poetry written during that time and about that time, historical fiction, classic literature, artwork, music and folklore.

The students will be encouraged to create original performance pieces, artwork and adaptations based on the material through theatre games, role playing, improvisation and free writing exercises in a safe environment.

This program is sponsored by the Walker School PTA.  Walker School is located at 3601 Church St. in Skokie.

Haven Middle School

The Haven Booster Club holds its 13th Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Friday March 6 from 5-8 p.m.

Tap your feet to the sounds of 4 different Haven bands, and be wowed by Haven’s orchestra.

If basketball is your thing, enter the Hot Shot Blitz in the Haven gym.

This event is a major fundraiser for Boosters which support music, sports, drama and the arts at Haven Middle School. The price is $7 per person and children under 3 eat free.

The school is located at 2417 Prairie Ave. For more information call 847 859-8200.

Kingsley Elementary School

Darya Geary, a Kingsley School 5th grader, was an eyewitness to history as she stood on the Mall on Jan. 20 to view the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Darya attended the ceremonies in conjunction with the Junior Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference.  She was part of a selected group through her past membership in the National Young Scholars Program, a program for high-achieving young scholars.  

During her several-day visit to D.C., she also toured the city with other 5th through 8th graders from across the country to view numerous national historic sites, landmarks, and museums.

After the inauguration ceremonies,  Darya took in the parade and attended a Gala Inaugural Ball for youth participating in the conference.  Darya reports that the trip, which was her first time in D.C., was a lot of fun and something she’ll never forget.   

Oakton Elementary School

Oakton Elementary School hosts its 2nd  Annual “For the Love of Oakton” featuring members of the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble.  The live show and silent auction is being held on Saturday, Feb. 28, in the school auditorium, at 436 Ridge Av. from 3-6 p.m.

“For the Love of Oakton” raises money for Oakton’s Artist-in-Residence program.

The day’s entertainment includes a live performance featuring members of the critically acclaimed Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, a 15-piece band that has performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Tito Puente and the Temptations. Striding Lion, this year’s Artist-in-Resident at Oakton, will also perform.  Striding Lion, a multi-disciplinary performance group, uses music, dance and drama in its arts’ education.

There will be food, supervised kid activity areas featuring crafts and games, and a silent auction.

Admission is free, however, there is a  $5 suggested donation at the door.

Walker Elementary School

WalkerFest on Saturday, March 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. provides a day of indoor fun.

This year’s theme is Carnivale.  There will be a moonwalk, games and prizes for all ages, a cakewalk, face painting, cotton candy and more.  There will also be a raffle including two grand prizes of $250 each.

For those in grades K-2, the grand prize is a Nintendo DS.  Students in grades 3-5 can win an iPod Nano.

Raffle tickets are $3 each or 6 for $15.  Proceeds from WalkerFest fund PTA programs and services.

Willard Elementary School

Robert James has won the Willard school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship.

The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 21st annual National Geographic Bee.

The Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The school winners, including Robert, will now take a written test, and up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 3.

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