Powwow Party Hawthorn Students Prepare Native American Feast for History Lesson

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After learning about Native American life, students from two Vernon Hills elementary schools got together Friday for a powwow.

About 30 students from Hawthorn Elementary North and Hawthorn Elementary South participated in the event at the Sullivan Center in Vernon Hills. It was for students in the Triple A program, which stands for Advanced Ability and Achievement.

The powwow featured cultural music, dancing, food and games. Two Native American versions of potato and bean soup were the main dishes, teacher Laura Allison said.

"They really turned out good," she said.

The get-together followed research into Native American history, Allison said.

"(They learned) how the Native Americans felt betrayed by the white man's aggression on their land," she said.

Catch cheer squad on cable: Lake Zurich High School's varsity cheer squad took third place at the National Cheerleader Association competition in Dallas.

Performances of the top three teams in each division will be televised April 2 on Fox Sports Network.

Lake Zurich's 25-member varsity squad competed in the Super Large Varsity division. More than 25 states were represented in the 25th anniversary of the annual competition with nearly 175 teams competing in the two-day event.

Fremont group needs help: The Fremont Middle School eighth-grade graduation dance committee is looking for volunteers to help with the event from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. June 1.

If you'd like to help, please attend a committee meeting at 7 p.m. on either Jan. 24 or Feb. 21 in the media center at the school, 28855 N. Fremont Center Road, Mundelein.

For information, call Susan Jackson at (847) 949-5244, or e-mail her at yorkiebar@@sbcglobal.net, or call Caryn Fox at (847) 550- 9244 or e-mail J2C2fox@@comcast.net.

Record year for charity bash: Lake Zurich High School's annual Charity Bash set a new record for fundraising this year.

The event raised $36,163, an increase of $13,000 over last year. Students have collected more than $101,000 in four years through the bash.

More than 42 high school student groups planned activities for the fundraiser including selling ice cream at events, a dodge ball tournament, selling cookies in classes, bake sales during lunch, gift wrapping, a spaghetti dinner for parents, penny wars between the band, choir and orchestra, a school coffeehouse, and a rock- paper-scissors tournament during school lunches. …