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Community Provides Positive Presence on Last Day of School at Proviso East

June 1, 2016 09:03 AM
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Faculty and staff members at Proviso East High School teamed up with members of the community to present a Positive Presence for Proviso East students as they completed the last day of the 2015-2016 school year on Tuesday, May 24.
 
With many wearing special T-shirts for the occasion or in the case of members of the Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network (PTMAN) their clerical collars, community members that included Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, and Maywood Village Trustee Isiah Brandon stood at the exits of Proviso East High School and points in the surrounding area to wish the students a safe and happy summer. This was the second year that community members have come out to meet with students as they left the school for the summer.
 
District 209 and Proviso East High School would like to thank all of the members of the community who made this possible, including the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, Maywood Fire Department, the Maywood Police Department, and the Village of Maywood.
 
"We wanted to show the students that the community cares for them," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. "By being a positive presence in the community on the last day of school, we hope that they will make the right decisions throughout the summer."
 
Reverend Richard Gills, a member of PTMAN, said that he wanted to give back to his alma mater.
 
"This is the school I went to, and I want nothing but the best for it," he said. "If I can give some of my time to this school, I’m more than happy to do that, to be a part of the present. It’s about doing the right thing at the right time. It’s about providing positive reinforcement."
 
Thank you to everyone, and to our students, have a safe and happy summer!
 
For photos of Positive Presence at Proviso East, please click here
 
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