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Northlawn Jr. High School’s library recently received more than $2,000 in new books thanks to money received through the 2018 Back to Books Grant.
The Back to Books Grant was funded by the Illinois State Library, and was awarded to 340 Illinois school and public libraries. Of the $1.2 million in grant money, Streator Elementary District 44 received $4,999.
New books purchased at Northlawn include Blue Stem/Monarch books, Newberry Award-winning books, along with other fiction, non-fiction and STEM titles.
Students at Northlawn can find these new additions on a special shelf on the south wall of the library.
Another noteworthy addition to Northlawn is Student Council. After an absence of several years, Student Council is once again part of the Northlawn Jr. High experience.
This time around, students applied to be in Student Council by filling out a form. More than 80 students completed applications. There are currently 28 students as representatives (seven from each grade), along with a committee of 20 additional students.
One of the main goals of Student Council is to make Northlawn School a more positive environment by increasing school spirit through different activities. At the top of the list is a week of drug awareness activities. There will be different theme days that will lead up to their first big function of putting on the Halloween dance. Details are still being worked out, but there will be music, games and concessions.
Student Council members are also taking part in a Clean Up Our School campaign in which they are picking up litter in the hallways when they see a need for it.
Members also work the home sporting events by selling tickets and operating the concession stand.
In the coming months they plan to set up a canned food drive, ring bells for Salvation Army, and sing Christmas carols at area nursing homes.