October 22, 2017

Different organizations fight against hunger

Rotary Club, various partners restock local food pantries by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief “I had a woman with me a few weeks ago, and I asked if she liked soup. She asked me ‘Is it food?’ I said ‘Of course…’ and she said ‘Then it’s not a question of whether I like it or not. It’s that I need it,” Jim Bradley, community service coordinator for the Wheeling Food Pantry, said. Open for just about one year and three months, the Wheeling Food Pantry has handed out more than 23,000 pounds of food to people in need. Over 530 families are…

Freshman Eagle Scout reaches out to community

Plans missionary trip to Romania while gaining world perspective by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor While many may travel during summer vacations, spend time with friends, or sleep more, Charles Guest, freshman, will travel to Romania in order to provide families in need with medical and school supplies. Assisting Romanian families C. Guest, along with other religious missionaries, helps plan trips to Romania that will provide disadvantaged families with supplies, food and anything they need. “The plan is to help kids, so they go to the school for free and they get  two meals a day there, they get good teachers,…

Egger, Carvajal dedicate time helping children

by Megan Provost, Staff Reporter Students at WHS are volunteering their time by helping to teach the younger members of the community. Although clubs such as Operation Snowball and Students Help Accept Diversity in Every Situation (S.H.A.D.E.S) volunteer at elementary school, individuals also go out of their way to serve the community through church sevices and youth groups. Abbey Egger, freshman, has worked as a volunteer preschool teacher at Bridge Community Church in Des Plaines for the past three years and teaching Sunday school for two years. She started volunteering when she first began attending the church in 2009, and…

Girls basketball bonds over community service work

by Paige McCoy, Staff Reporter The girls varsity and sophomore basketball teams plan to participate in five community service events during their season to promote team bonding and giving back to the community. “It helps us bond because we get a chance to see each other when we are not in basketball,” Hailey Dammeier, sophomore, said. “We get to talk about stuff and get away from sports. This helps us to communicate better, get to know each other and better predict people’s actions on the court.” On Thursday, Oct. 25, the girls helped with Hoops for Africa, sponsored by Interact…

Student Council donates more food to families

by Katia Bryhadyr, Staff Reporter Student Council distributed over 10,000 flyers on Saturday, Nov. 3, encouraging people to give food, coats and recycled electronics for this Thanksgiving season with the annual canned food drive to help families in the Wheeling community. People around Wheeling left canned food at their door, and on Saturday, Nov. 10, Student Council picked up the donations. “It feels good to give back to the community,” Isabel Chan, sophomore, said. “We don’t think about hungry people, and it’s good to be aware that there are families out there that need the support.” Eighteen groups of students…

‘Skittles’ adds LGBT support, lacks union in community

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Whether it was the cancellation of Gay Straight Alliance or my first-hand experience of bigotry while buying my prom tickets, throughout my four years at WHS, I have noticed a lack of support for the LGBT community. When I entered the boys’ bathroom, I encountered a hanging flyer promoting a new LGBT club, and my perception was vastly changed. “Skittles” is the name of the new organization run by student services. Although I was excited for the creation of a new club at WHS that would support the LGBT community,  unfortunately, I found the name…

Sanchez supports students’ aspirations, cultures

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Despite having an busy schedule, Bertha Sanchez, social worker, continues to help students succeed throughout their high school careers. Ms. Sanchez works with various clubs at WHS including Students Helping Accept Diversity in Every Situation (SHADES), Latino Club and the Mentor Program. “She (Ms. Sanchez) wants to keep students involved. She helps students not only in education, but she also does her best to help students fit into the community. We want them to graduate and walk out of here with more than just a solid education, “ Marilyn Harrison, Instructional Assistant, said. In the…