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Afterschool programs launch for elementary students in District 161

Elementary school students in Flossmoor School District 161 now have the opportunity to sign up for free afterschool programs, thanks to two government grants.

At their Oct. 11 meeting, district board members present unanimously approved implementation of the programs. Members Misha Blackmon and Cameron Nelson were absent from the meeting.

Director of Learning and Instruction Amabel Crawford told members of the board of education about the program at its Sept. 26 board meeting. 

The district is partnering with Wiz Kids Foundation, a local organization that will . . .

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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