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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down for Elmhurst

Published: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Lucie Gleason, 16, of Elmhurst (left) and her younger sister, Jaime, a sixth-grader at Bryan Middle School, pose for a photo with the Transplant Games of America mascot, Blaze, during the five-day sporting event July 11 to 15.

THUMBS UP: Lucie Gleason, 16, of Elmhurst plans to do more with her driver's license than just go to the mall. The York High School student, who received a liver transplant when she was 5, is urging her peers to register as organ donors when they get their licenses. Gleason recently returned from the Transplant Games of America in Texas and also is active with Relay for Life and the American Liver Foundation.

THUMBS UP: A group of Elmhurst fifth-graders turned Emily Swiatek's summer book club into a mission. They were inspired to create a cardboard arcade after watching a YouTube video about a Los Angeles boy who built arcade games out of cardboard boxes. The project was a success as the one-day arcade on Columbia Avenue raised more than $300 for Foundation for Faces, which provides resources for children, like the boy in the video, born with craniofacial conditions.

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