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Community events highlight the start of a new school year

Correction: An earlier version of this story included incorrect information about Flossmoor’s back to school event. The information below is correct.

Homewood District 153 and Flossmoor District 161 and the villages of Homewood and Flossmoor are organizing special events to mark the start of the 2023-24 school year.

Before students in Flossmoor return to their classrooms, the village and school district invite them and their parents to an evening of free fun events and a movie in the park on Friday, Aug. 18. The event starts at 6 p.m. in Flossmoor Park, 2523 Flossmoor Road, with a host of fun activities, giveaways and treats. Stick around for the movie “Super Mario Brothers” scheduled for around 8 p.m. Watch for volunteers dressed as Super Mario characters for photo ops. Bring a blanket, chairs and treats.

District 161 schools are back in session on Thursday, Aug. 17.


In Homewood, the village and District 153 invite the community to a Truckin’ into the School Year-Touch a Truck event from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. The program at village hall, 2020 Chestnut Road, will feature plenty of big trucks, kid-friendly music from a DJ, interactive games, a rock climbing wall and more.

For those looking for eats, food trucks will be on-site.

District 153 schools are back in session on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Homewood-Flossmoor High School will welcome freshmen and transfer students on Wednesday, Aug. 16. The first school day for all students is Thursday, Aug. 17.

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