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12/5/16

The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with the District 205 PTA Council and D205 Foundation, welcomed former NBA player Chris Herren to a community event on Tuesday, November 29 in the York High School Campbell Gym. On November 30, he presented to students and staff during an all-school assembly. Mr. Herren shared his story of overcoming drug addiction and finding the strength to define himself as a sober man. He has spoken to students and parents across the nation about healthy, real-life strategies for handling the pressures faced by today’s teenagers.
 

During the evening presentation, which was attended by nearly 900 people, Mr. Herren made the following points:
 

  • For an addict, it’s not about your worst day; it’s about your first day – he emphasized over and over that the path to addiction begins with small compromises that can ultimately grow into full-blown addiction.
     
  • The first page of any addict’s story begins with using alcohol and/or weed. Mr. Herren abused alcohol, cocaine, prescription drugs and heroin. He drank vodka to help him “forget” that he was disappointing his family, his fans and himself. His opioid (oxycodone) use became so expensive that he turned to heroin, which was cheaper and easier to obtain.
     
  • But he paid an even higher price, considering that his addiction eventually led him to lose a lucrative and valued career playing professional basketball with the Denver Nuggets, the Boston Celtics and an Italian team that recruited him to play in Europe. In high school and college, he was one of the most up-and-coming young hoop stars many had ever seen. He was little Fall River, Massachusetts’ hometown hero who fell from grace and eventually became completely disgraced.
     
  • He almost lost his family on multiple occasions, saying “My wife and I knew each other since we were 12 years old. I broke her heart a million times.” More than once, he thought about ending his life. An addictions counselor advised him to leave his family and never go back, to urge his wife to tell their children that he had died in a car accident.
     
  • That would have been easy to believe. Four times he overdosed. He was brought back to life several times with the administration of Narcan, which is known as the opiate antidote. Once, he could feel himself suffering the effects of an overdose and drove his car out of his hometown, not wanting to be found there, only to crash into a fence outside a cemetery with the needle still hanging out of his arm.

    “The EMTs pronounced me dead. I was dead for 30 seconds. A police officer grabbed me by the throat, threw me down on the gurney and brought me back. That police officer, who I went to high school with, saved my life because the EMTs had pronounced me dead and were willing to walk away."
     
  • He said he is most proud of being a good father, the same father, to his kids every day for more than eight years, since his sobriety date of August 1, 2008. He challenged parents in the audience to “let your kids get to know you. They are dying to know you.”
     
  • He called out parents who say, “It’s only a little alcohol or weed” and turn a blind eye. He said parents “hover” over their kids academically, athletically, musically, but drop the ball when it comes to managing their kids’ social connections. “They don’t really need you at their basketball/soccer/football game. But they do need you to be there for them on Friday night when they are being pressured to drink from a red Solo cup in somebody’s basement.”
     
  • He noted that many parents are quick to blame others for their children’s bad choices. “You need to ask them why – why are they drinking and taking drugs? Why are they not comfortable being themselves? Get at the root of the problem.”
     
  • “And to the kids who are choosing not to drink and smoke…we don’t give them enough credit. They are often ostracized and made fun of by their peers, yet they are the ones courageous enough to be themselves.”
     
  • He told a story about being talked into trying cocaine by his roommate the roommates’ girlfriend on his first day at Boston College. After his a young girl in the audience asked him what he would do if he had the chance to do that day over again, to which he answered, “I wouldn’t drink my father’s beer at 14 years old. You see, I was already on that path.” speechFirst day, not the worst day.
     
  • His father was/is an alcoholic and his parents fought a lot. “I used to hide in my bed and pray for it to stop.” Eventually, his mother divorced his father. She died at an early age, but not before she witnessed his athletic success and his downfall due to addiction. With no insurance, no income and no hope, it was a high school friend of his mother’s, a nurse, who saved his life by calling various treatment programs and getting him into rehab at the age of 32. “Your mother is speaking to me; she is asking me to do for you what she cannot,” said the friend. He had also gone to rehab at the age of 21 but continued to battle addiction for the next 11 years, during which time he also became the father of three children.
     
  • A man asked him if he received more breaks and was given more chances, due to his high-profile status. “More chances and more torture, because it just prolonged the process of my hitting bottom,” Herren said.
     
  • He stays clean by attending 12 step meetings daily, by surrounding himself with healthy people who care about him and “would call me out if I strayed” and through his faith. A former altar boy who fought his mother about being one, it was the prayers he learned as a child that came flooding back to him when he rock-bottom in June of 2008. That day, he fell on his knees and prayed those prayers. Chris Herren has been praying ever since.


Through the Herren Project (THP), Chris gives hope to others. The Herren Project website says: Taking the first step in the road to recovery can be difficult. The Herren Project can assist you with navigating quality treatment programs, facilities and transitional care solutions.

The mission of THP is to provide assistance in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety, educational programs and resources to increase awareness on the signs of addiction and bring hope for a better tomorrow. THP goals are to:
 

  • Positively impact the lives of those suffering with addiction by providing effective treatment navigation.
  • Educate youth and at-risk populations on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and provide techniques to handle pressure within their lives, their community or their family situation.
  • Provide scholarships to programs, clinics and camps to increase self-confidence, motivation and develop a firm foundation on which to build success.

 

Note: All quotes are paraphrases, with the exception of “It’s about the first day, not the worst day.”

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12/2/16

The home opener for York's Special Olympics basketball team is December 2. The game begins at 4:30 PM in the Campbell Gym when the Dukes will take on Riverside-Brookfield. Their next home game is Thursday, December 8, at 4:30 PM against Lyons Township. That match-up will also take place in the Campbell Gym at York Community High School, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst.

The team is coached by Steve Westendorf and Tim Wealton. Click on the link below to view this season's schedule.

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12/2/16

Attention patrons of the arts and parents: the Show Time! Fine Arts Schedule for York High School, as well as Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg Middle Schools, is now posted on the District 205 website. Be sure to check out all of the holiday concerts and events taking place in December! Art, theatre and musical events are featured, along with information on obtaining tickets. Those with existing VIP (Very Important Patron) cards may attend any fine arts program for free. If you are 60 or older and would like to receive a VIP card, please contact the Office of Communications at 630-941-4719.

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12/2/16

Looking for York Duke Apparel for holiday gifts?  Here is your chance for easy shopping!  Once a year, the York Athletic Boosters brings the entire inventory of York Apparel from the bookstore to the vestibule of Door 1 at York High School for easy shopping for you.  No ID needed to get to the sale on this day only.  It doesn’t get any easier than this to browse through our complete inventory of York apparel.  This will be everything the bookstore offers – traditional hoodies, sweats, T-shirts, spirit jerseys, cozy flannel pants, hats, gloves, socks, house flags and more. Great gifts for any age –current students or future Dukes. Thursday, December 15th from 11:00-2:30pm and 7-8:30pm at Door #1, York Academic Bldg (west bldg)– Just come to York and you will see our signs!

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11/10/16

The Elmhurst District 205 K-8 Music Department is proud to announce the names of the middle school students who auditioned and were selected into the Illinois Music Educators Association District 1 Junior Festival. Students had the opportunity to work with a distinguished conductor/clinician in the morning and perform a concert in the afternoon. The Junior Festival Band, Orchestra, and Chorus concert performed on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at Lincoln-Way Central High in New Lenox, Illinois. The Junior and Senior Festival Jazz Bands perform November 12, 2016 at Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois.

 

Congratulations to the following students:

First

Last

Grade 

Inst/Voice 

Ensemble 

School

April

Fatheree

8

Viola

Orchestra

Bryan MS

Jaime

Gleason

8

Viola

Orchestra

Bryan MS

Anne

Griffin

7

Tuba

Band

Bryan MS

Laly

Herculano

7

Viola

Orchestra

Bryan MS

Seth

Kays

8

Bass

Orchestra

Bryan MS

Charlie

Kungl

8

Tenor

Chorus

Bryan MS

Cecilia

Lampa

8

Alto

Chorus

Bryan MS

Erika

Lenhardt

6

Violin

Orchestra

Bryan MS

Caitlin

Maguire

8

Soprano

Chorus

Bryan MS

Rose

Menichini

8

Tenor Sax

Band

Bryan MS

Quinn

Olson

6

Cello

Orchestra

Bryan MS

Tessa

Olson

8

Viola

Orchestra

Bryan MS

Kyle

Prigg

8

Trumpet

Band

Bryan MS

Helen

Pygon

6

Violin

Orchestra

Bryan MS

Will

Ransford

8

Bass

Orchestra

Bryan MS

Olivia

Scumaci

7

Soprano

Chorus

Bryan MS

Emma

Taylor

8

Soprano

Chorus

Bryan MS

Grace

Wilton

8

Clarinet

Band

Bryan MS

Abbygail

Graf

8

Clarinet

Band

Churchville MS

Matthew

Jones

8

Violin

Orchestra

Churchville MS

Andrew

Koczur

7

Alto

Choir

Churchville MS

Savannah

Nichols

8

Violin

Orchestra

Churchville MS

Thomas

Ryan

8

Trumpet

Jazz Band

Churchville MS

Henry

Wegener

8

Trombone

Jazz Band

Churchville MS

Adrian

Zhuang

8

Violin

Orchestra

Churchville MS

Zoe

Daniel

8

Cello

Orchestra

Sandburg MS

Henry

Deverman

6

Percussion

Band

Sandburg MS

Johanna

Johnsen

7

Violin

Orchestra

Sandburg MS

Reese

Pavlik

7

Tuba

Band

Sandburg MS

Charlotte

Reedy

7

Violin

Orchestra

Sandburg MS

Julie

Roberts

8

Soprano

Chorus

Sandburg MS

Gracie

Stumpf

7

Trombone

Band

Sandburg MS

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