Administrators Cook Up Barbecue to Reward Students' Good Behavior
Byline: Pat Reilly
Good behavior throughout the school year paid off for some students at Cary-Grove High School.
To kick off the Memorial Day holiday weekend, some students celebrated "Meet the Deans Day" on May 22 at the school, 50 W. Three Oaks Road.
More than 750 students who received no disciplinary action referrals to the dean's office and had good attendance during the school year were rewarded by administrators.
For nearly two hours, the select students were invited to a barbecue on the school's front lawn.
They watched Principal Lawrence Bennett, Vice Principal William Kopanda and deans Mollie Nickoson and Joseph Cole do the cooking.
Beside eating, the students played softball, Frisbee and enjoyed other activities.
Cole said the tradition has been a favorite among students for the last 10 years.
"Students are excited to be a part of it," Cole said. "It is important to them."
The event was organized by the school's Go Out and Make A Difference Day committee. The athletic booster club helped fund the barbecue.
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Funding windfall: Officials at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake learned last week that they will receive a $1 million state grant for a new campus building.
The funding comes after the legislature approved a measure earmarking $56 million for community colleges throughout the state.
The college plans on using the funding for a new classroom and student services building. …