Lincoln-Way Board Recognizes Community Members for Extra Effort
Friday, June 12, 2015

The Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Board of Education recognized 15 outstanding community members with Extra Effort awards in a special ceremony prior to the boards June 11 meeting. This years recipients include principals and curriculum leaders of Lincoln-Ways feeder schools as well as longtime directors of the Lincoln-Way Foundation.

This is one of the highest honors our district bestows each year to recognize those community members who go above and beyond to serve our students, said Superintendent Dr. R. Scott Tingley.

The Extra Effort award recognition program is in its 23rd year and reflects the districts commitment to maintaining strong community partnerships.

Area principals who received the 2015 Extra Effort award include Dr. Kevin Suchinski from Hickory Creek Middle School, Pam Hodgson from Summit Hill Junior High, Dr. Bonnie Groen from Martino Junior High, Dr. Ron Pacheco from Manhattan Junior High, Shane Street from Liberty Junior High and Dr. Michael Rolinitis from Mokena Junior High.

The six principals of our public feeder schools have done a remarkable job in preparing their students for academic success, said Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Tim Reilly. They have each created a school climate that allows students to feel safe, cared for, and well-educated in their buildings, giving students a wonderful foundation for learning before they attend high school.

Extra effort awards were also presented to area curriculum leaders, including Dr. Kathleen Wilkey, Mokena 159; Kathy Klein, Summit Hill 161; Dr. Marianne Cucci, New Lenox 122 and Janet McClarence, Frankfort 157C.

The Curriculum leaders of our area grade schools have been outstanding partners with the instructors for years across District 210, said Reilly. They help us all stay coordinated and open as we create high school curriculum that builds on the great work done in their classrooms.

The Board also recognized with Extra Effort awards five directors of the Lincoln-Way Foundation who have each served for ten years, including Debbie Burk, Bob Chiszar, Bob Kennedy, Kris Lindley, and David Zang.

We are grateful to these dedicated volunteers. Their insightful leadership and extraordinary commitment have helped shape the culture of the Foundation. They have been instrumental in moving our mission forward, and delivering results, said Linda Lopez, executive director of the Lincoln-Way Foundation.

The Foundation has donated over $3.8 million dollars to benefit Lincoln-Way students since its inception in 1994, over $2.8 million in the last 10 years.