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State grant will help District 161 support mental health services

Flossmoor School District 161 recently earned a $635,000 Community Partnership Grant from the Illinois State Board of Education to support mental health services for students and educators in the post-pandemic world.

“We originally wrote the grant for $113,000 and they gave us $635,000, so that was pretty exciting. I think a lot of districts didn’t apply for this grant opportunity, so there ended up being a bigger pool of money,” said Jackie Janicke, director of special education. “Now that we are able to expand services to our general education population we’re really going to . . .

Winter events


  • Flossmoor Business Association open house, 5 to 7 p.m., downtown Flossmoor.


  • Holiday Lights in Homewood, 5 to 9 p.m., Ridge Road and Martin Avenue downtown. Shopping, carousel, mulled wine, cookies, ice sculpture, music, antique car parade.
  • Tree-lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, 7 p.m., Irwin Park.


  • Janet Gustafson’s gingerbread village tours, 3 to 6 p.m. Register at flossmoor.org.


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