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Updated: April 26, 2013 6:21AM

Elgin: Wisdom Foundation top school-biz partner

The Wisdom Family Foundation was named the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce’s School-Business Partner of the Year for 2012-2013. School District U46 Superintendent José M. Torres presented the award to Wisdom Family Foundation Managing Director Kristi Wisdom.

“When we began our foundation in 2007, we were on a mission to give back to family and children within the greater Elgin area and a partnership with School District U46 seemed like a logical fit,” said Wisdom. “We support the work Dr. Torres is doing to help prepare our young people for college. We have made donations toward the U46 programs that motivate students who may not have initially considered higher education as an option.”

The Wisdom Family Foundation has made contributions to several U46 programs, including Project Access which helps ensure homeless children can attend school, scholarships to encourage students to pursue high education, Superintendent’s Scholarship which provides financial support for high school seniors who are the first in their families to attend college, and South Elgin High School Booster Foundation’s Stadium Fundraising Campaign

“The Wisdom family has been a pillar in the Elgin community for decades and we are grateful to have the support of their business and its foundation,” Torres said. “It’s the generosity of our business community that helps enrich so many of our programs.”

Elgin: Orientation for U46 kindergarten scheduled

Parents or guardians who plan to send their child to kindergarten in School District U46 for the 2013–2014 school year should plan to attend kindergarten orientation in April, the district said. Children who turn 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 will be eligible.

Families can register their child for kindergarten April 3 through April 25 at the school their child will attend. The full list of dates and times for each school is posted on the district’s website under “2013-2014 Registration.” Kindergarten Orientation dates and times vary depending on the school site. Schools that offer ELL classes also sill have orientation in Spanish, but they may be held at a different time.

For more information, including what school to attend school, contact U46’s School and Community Relations Office at 847-888-5000, ext. 5003, or visit

A copy of the child’s birth certificate and three proofs of residency are required at kindergarten orientation. Registration forms, immunization requirements and other materials will be distributed at orientation.

The Illinois School Code requires kindergarten students to submit a report of physical examination and the dates that certain immunizations were received in order to attend school. All immunizations must be recorded on the state approved examination form. Area physicians and all U46 schools have the state-approved physical exam forms. The forms are also available on the district’s website.

Physical exam documents must be brought to the school on or before the first day of class. U46 has a First Day Exclusion policy for physical examinations and immunizations.

Elgin: Judson’s Crume to be keynote speaker

Judson University has announced its incoming president, Gene C. Crume Jr., as keynote speaker for the 2013 Community Breakfast to be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the Lindner Fitness Center (1151 N. State St.).

Crume will join Judson University this spring as the institution’s sixth university president. Before coming to Judson, Crume served as an independent consultant working with institutions such as Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and the Peru State College Foundation (Nebraska) on issues related to external relations and strategic planning. Crume spent a significant portion of his career at his alma mater, Western Kentucky University, where he served as the executive director of the WKU Alumni Association and taught as an adjunct instructor. Crume has authored articles for national magazines, newspapers and academic journals.

The annual community prayer breakfast also will include the presentation of the D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award, given to a person who has contributed to the greater good within the Fox Valley community by voluntarily serving others’ physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual needs. In remembrance of his faithful service to the greater Elgin community, the award was named for Fox Valley civic leader, former Courier-News publisher and event founder D. Ray Wilson, who died in 2003.

Candidates must live and volunteer within the greater Elgin community, or East Dundee, West Dundee, Carpentersville, Gilberts, Sleepy Hollow, South Elgin, Wayne, Plato Center, St. Charles, Bartlett, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Streamwood and Barrington.

Nominations for the D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award will remain open until Friday, April 12. All submissions can be filed at

Tickets for the event are $18 for individuals. Table sponsorships can be purchased for $350, which includes recognition and a table reservation for eight guests. To register for the event by the April 23 deadline, go to

Carpentersville: Adapted Track&field meet April 13

School District 300’s 3rd Annual K-8 Adapted Track & Field meet will be held at noon Saturday, April 13, in the Dundee-Crown High School Field House.

Students, families, staff, and the public are welcome and encouraged to attend this memorable day. Events will be include 50m, 100m, and 400m dashes; standing long jump; and softball throw.

For more information, email the D300 Adapted PE Staff:,, or

Elgin: Lennon tribute at ECC Arts Center April 6

John Lennon is back for one night only in “Just Imagine,” an evening celebrating the life and music of the legendary pop star at the Elgin Community College Arts Center, Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive, Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.

This unique, concert experience integrates archival footage and photos as the critically acclaimed Tim Piper, backed by rock band Working Class Hero, delivers Lennon’s well known songs as well as the stories behind them. As Lennon, Piper recounts the musician’s life, from his tumultuous childhood to his emergence as a musical and social icon that has influenced generations. A multimedia musical experience, “Just Imagine” puts its audience one-on-one with the man himself as Piper relates the birth of the Beatles, the pressures of superstardom, and Lennon’s complex relationships with lovers and band mates.

Tickets are $33-$35 and can be purchased online at or at the ECC box office located in the Arts Center. Box office hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. To purchase tickets by phone, call 847-622-0300. All major credit cards are accepted.

A pre-show dinner inspired by the Beatles’ song catalog will be offered for $35. The deadline for dinner reservations is Monday, April 1.

For more information about the ECC Arts Center, visit

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