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CHS Celebrates Mom and Anna’s Hope

West Chicago HS

     The National Honor Society at Community High School in West Chicago will be hosting a pancake breakfast to celebrate Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 12th from 8 to 11 a.m. at the high school cafeteria near entrance H. “WeGoing to Take Mom to Breakfast” invites moms and children under five to eat for free, kids ages 6-13 will eat for $2.00, 13 and over for $3.00. Included in the price is a cake walk, pictures with Mom, crafts, face painting and games. All proceeds will benefit Anna’s Hope

     National Honor Society President, Emily Warkins of West Chicago explains, “One of the main goals of National Honor Society is to give back to the community and hosting a Mother's Day event seemed like the perfect way to do so. We experienced a lot of positive feedback from our "WeGo to the North Pole" event back in December and that success encouraged us to host another event. This event is a great way to incorporate many clubs and students in our school and to promote school wide cooperation and investment. Not to mention, it is going to a great cause with Anna's Hope. Hopefully, families will walk away with an enjoyable experience and a glimpse at the positive environment where their children will eventually go to school. It will show people that teachers and students alike truly care about the West Chicago Community.”

Anna’s Hope is a 501(c)3 charitable foundation based in Wheaton, IL dedicated to raising awareness and money for research into the cure for neuroblastoma.   Neuroblastoma is the most common form of cancer to strike infants and one of the most deadly. The average age at diagnosis is two-years-old. Anna’s Hope was founded by Anna O’Connor who served as a youth leader and mentor for many in the National Honor Society at Community High School.    Anna passed away on February 29th of this year after a ten year battle with cancer.

“Anna was truly the strongest person I’ve ever met, I’m such a better person because of her”, recalls NHS member Alexxa Bessey of West Chicago.   Others agree.  Kylie Hushion remembers Anna for, “the devotion she gave to our problems-even when she was suffering more than anyone else.”    Hailey Lenahan of Carol Stream remarked that, “Over the years Anna has done so much for us, the least we can do is carry on what she started.”

Members of the National Honor Society have garnered the support of many local businesses for WeGoing to Take Mom to Breakfast including Murphy’s Ace Hardware, the Ball Seed Company, Papa Nicholas’ Coffee and Handi-Kup who have donated materials for the event.  Joining the National Honor Society in hosting the event are members of the Community High School Art Club, Club Green the Pre-School Program and the Sole Steppers.

The District 94 Transition program will be hosting a plant sale at the event.  Program director Abby Lynch explains, “The program is for special education students ages 18-22 who need to work on functional life skills in the following areas:  independent living, community participation, recreation and vocation. The students have worked diligently this year to cultivate the greenhouse full of flowers and plants.  The plugs for the flowers were donated by Ball Seed.”

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