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Scott Helton: District 88's success lies in community partnerships

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 9:00 a.m. CDT

At DuPage High School District 88, our mission is to work for the continuous improvement of student achievement.

Our schools have been named as Top Schools in America by Newsweek and the Washington Post, and the 2012 ACT results show District 88 is at or above the state in all areas while improving our composite, English and science scores. But those accomplishments would not be possible without the support of our stakeholders. We truly value the partnerships we have with local businesses, organizations and community members, and we know those relationships are the foundation of our success.

The following are recent and upcoming events that demonstrate your support:

• Last December, Addison Trail High School hosted students from District 88 feeder schools and area high schools for a dance to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims. About $6,000 was raised, with 600 students filling the gym throughout the evening.

• The health and safety of students and staff is the No. 1 priority at District 88. As part of that commitment, the district, in coordination with local officials and agencies, conducted a mock crisis drill March 1 at Addison Trail. It featured a full demonstration of a crisis scenario to help ensure District 88 is prepared to maintain the safety of students and staff during an emergency.

• On March 9, 37 teams competed in the Dennis Doyle 3-on-3 Classic at Willowbrook High School, cheered on by more than 350 spectators. The entire community made this event the most successful to date, raising more than $5,500 for the District 88 Foundation.

• Students from Addison Trail and Willowbrook organized and hosted the third-annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of District 88 All Youth event March 16 and 17 at Willowbrook. Students raised more than $50,000 for ACS.

• The class of 2013 from both schools plan to leave a legacy and example for future students by supporting Feed My Starving Children.

They're raising $22,000 to pack 100,000 meals on May 18 to help feed malnourished children throughout the world. You can help by donating at d88fmsc.com or by attending the May 7 Crosstown volleyball game.

Thank you again for your support of District 88, and we look forward to continuing to work with you in building futures for our students.

Scott Helton is superintendent for District 88.

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