News from the Reference Desk Category: Community

A Chance to Complete Your College Degree

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Are you someone who started college but did not finish for whatever reason–lack of time, money, energy? Perhaps now as other students go back to school or to college you can as well! Eastern Illinois University and District 214 Community Education are partnering to offer an Adult Degree Completion Program with evening and weekend courses. This program is available online and in person.  Adults in the program can earn a Bachelor of Arts in general studies from Eastern. An open house will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 30 at the Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road in Arlington Heights, Room A334. The $30 application fee will be waived for those who attend this event. Enter through Door 4. Reservations to the open house are not required but are appreciated and can be made by phone at (217) 549-3347 or by email at chicago@eiu.edu. For more information about the program, visit www.eiu.edu/bgs.

Vaping Becomes Epidemic in Suburban Schools

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E-cigarette use (vaping) among teenagers is a growing epidemic that’s quickly outpacing other substances, such as alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs and opioids, health experts warn. Vaping use in middle and high school students in the United States has skyrocketed with an estimated 3.6 million users in 2018. A common perception is that e-cigarettes aren’t harmful to users, however; the Daily Herald reports that the majority of companies add the addictive chemical nicotine to their vaping products. Furthermore, health officials report that vaping can cause severe respiratory problems including cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, vomiting and diarrhea.

District officials for School District 214 say that vaping has exploded among their high school students and that it’s a top concern for them going forward. They have begun taking action to battle the epidemic by bringing in experts to do presentations for students, parents and teachers as well as installing monitors in areas students commonly vape like bathrooms and locker rooms.

To read more, visit: https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190820/why-teen-vaping-is-an-epidemic-that-needs-urgent-attention-experts-warn

Information gathered from The Daily Herald. 

Food for Mount Prospect Families during the Summer

Image result for food pantrySummertime can be full of fun times and fabulous food.  For some families, however, it can mean going without.  Children who qualify for school lunches are often not able to get as much nourishing food during the summer.  In Mount Prospect families with school-age children who receive free or reduced-price lunch at school can obtain an extra bag of food during summer break through Mount Prospect’s Food Pantry.  Call the Human Services Department at (847) 870-5680 or the Community Connections Center at (847) 506-4930 to schedule an appointment for a financial assessment and to learn more about local resources.

Memory Cafe – Mount Prospect Village Hall

Memory Cafe:
Remembering the 1960s

Friday, June 21st  2019
Noon – 1:30pm
Mount Prospect Village Hall Community Room

A Memory Cafe is a welcoming place for those with mild cognitive impairment, early-stage Alzheimer’s or a related dementia and their care partners to gather for refreshments, reminisce about times gone by, laugh and participate in an activity! This cafe’s theme is: Remembering the 1960s. Come have a great time connecting and creating new friendships!

Reservations Required
Please call Human Services: 847/870-5680

 

Low-Income Resource

Is your family or a family you know struggling to become financially independent?
If so, check out Faith Community Homes for possible assistance.

Faith Community Homes serves the Northwest Suburbs providing rent assistance to low-income, working families for up to two years as well as professional case management and regular coaching from trained volunteer mentors.

For more information, check out their website: https://www.fchomes.org/

or this recent news article: Daily Herald Article – May 22nd, 2019

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