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tabling at Rolling Meadows HS April 3, 2018

Tuesday was an interesting day at RMHS. A few students came to the table, grabbed candy, and took off. Students were not the interesting part. Faculty were.

A teacher whose name I didn't get, and a social education aide came to the table and talked with Roger and me. Roger asked the teacher, who graduated from Prospect, and knows Libby, what we should do to attract student interest. He recommended rap music. Well, the only rap music I have is the sound track from "Hamilton.".  Does anyone know of a rap album or artist whose music would mesh with our message? I don't. I’ll have to ask around.  My conversation with the special education aide was even more interesting.

Rolling Meadows high school now has a student organization that is focused on justice issues. He gave me the name of the organization, as well as the faculty sponsor of the organization.

Name of the organization is M. O. S. T.  It stands for Mustangs Organized for Social Transformation. The Faculty sponsor is Gabriel Popovich, who is an English teacher. The special education aide who gave me this information is Just Ibarra Flores. I'll have to go online to the RMHS website to get their email addresses and communicate with them.  

Lynne

tabling at Buffalo Grove HS April 9, 2018

Other than on young man who stopped and chatted most of my conversations were with administrative and security staff. The young man wants to be a video gamer and plans to start by getting his general ed requirements at Harper College before transferring.

One the way in I walked by the Buffalo Grove police officer. I had to ask her what she thought about arming teachers. Without hesitation she stated she thought it was a REALLY BAD IDEA. I have yet to meet anyone (teacher, parent, staff) that thinks arming teachers is a good idea except our crazy President and even crazier Secretary of Education.

There is a female security guard who has been saying since the election that our President will be impeached before he finishes out his term. I'm beginning to think she might be right.

Another security guard was talking about the gang banging that goes on in the school. Which might seem surprising given that it's Buffalo Grove but I think it reflects the fact that the demographics are changing. More and more families are escapging the violence in the city and settling in the northwest suburbs. They're trying to escape the gangs, but sometimes they follow them.

Libby

tabling at Prospect HS April 3, 2018

The big news at PHS today - I found out from one of the staff that over 500 students walked out March 14 in solidarity with the victims of the school shooting in Parkland FL. That's about 25% of the student body. Not bad. Would have been nice if it had been 100% but still.

The picture below was taken by a friend that is a teacher at BGHS. It is a picture of a banner that was signed by students in all six of the District 214 schools. It made the rounds of the schools and then was sent to Parkland FL in a show of solidarity. Very encouraging to see the students engaged in this way. Hopefully it will have some lasting effect.

Libby

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tabling at Wheeling HS 3/13/2018

Continuing on our very very informal survey about whether women should be required to register for Selective Service - we had 6 "yes" and 1 "no". I've been keeping track because the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service is taking written statements through April 19 and has begin a series of public forums across the US. There has already been one in Pennsylvania. Illinos is one of the states that will have a forum; where and when has not yet been announced. But if it works out we could maybe present the students' feelings at the public forum.

Thanks to Roger for joining me. Nice to have company.

Libby

 

tabling at Buffalo Grove HS 3/12/2018

Hard to compete with ping pong tournament. Yes, they were having a ping pong tournament in the cafeteria during all the lunch hours. It was pretty loud and wild.

Nevertheless I did get a few students to vote on whether selective service should be extended to women - 11 yes; 1 no.

My friend Kate who teaches there came down for part of her lunch hour. She isn't always able to do this but when she does it's always a treat. I learned that the students at BG are participating in the walkout Wednesday, March 14. She also told me that all the schools in District 214 and District 211 developed a banner which made its way to all the schools and over 1,000 students signed it. The plan is to send it to the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland FL as a show of support.She has a picture of the banner and as soon as she sends it to me I'll post it.

We also talked about the insanity of arming teachers. She's retiring soon and just in time. She has no interest in carrying a gun. Eventually the gun will be used by one of the teachers or staff the wrong way. It's inevitable.

Libby

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