Highland Park High School Honored for Charity Drive

HPHS selected as the 2012 Star Award honoree by the Leukemia Research Foundation.

The information below comes from District 113.

Highland Park High School has been selected as the 2012 Star Award honoree by the Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF). The Star Award was created as the LRF’s top acknowledgement, its highest honor of respect and gratitude presented to a select few who have enabled the Foundation to “reach for the stars.” The Award has been presented to only 24 previous recipients in the 66-year history of the LRF. 

“Highland Park High School’s 2012 Charity Drive was such an extraordinary success in so many ways. Throughout the six weeks of activities it was inspiring to watch the students take such ownership of Charity Drive,” LRF Executive Director Kevin Radelet said. “Their dedication, enthusiasm, and unshakable positive attitude were infectious. It was equally as moving to witness the faculty at HPHS provide proficient direction while allowing the students to lead the charge in their own way.”

Of course, the financial results were a major part of the success as well. Charity Drive raised an incredible $175,000! 

The funding generated is a major part of the annual grants provided for worldwide medical research. In addition, the LRF is able to offer critical patient financial assistance to more than 600 families, right here in Chicagoland, who are living with blood cancer and having difficulty paying medical expenses not covered by insurance. 

The Star Award will be presented at the LRF’s annual Medical Awards Presentations scheduled for Sunday, October 14 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont

Student Artwork Selected for Display 

Congratulations to Jeremy Bloom, Arianna Stone, Emma Levine-Wolf, and Ryan Franks for their collaborative Photography/Seminar artwork which was accepted into the Choosing to Participate Exhibition at the Chicago Public Library Harold Washington Library Center. This exhibit is open to the public, free of charge, during library hours from August 27-November 11, 2012. 

Facing History and Ourselves created Choosing to Participate as a catalyst for conversation – in the workplace, home, and school, and among different races, generations, cultures, and faith traditions—about how we treat one another and what our choices mean. The exhibition has won praise nationwide for encouraging more than 500,000 people to consider the consequences of their everyday choices and for inspiring them to make a difference in their schools and communities.

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