Children’s author speaks at OFE about bullying

Otoshi’s presentation invites participation from students. Photo by Betsy Denson.

by Betsy Denson betsy@theleadernews.com Author and illustrator Kathryn Otoshi had the full attention of Oak Forest Elementary School students this week when she talked about a new student she’d had in her class back when she was in fourth grade. Otoshi told the students that she was taken with Ming because “she looked like me.” […]

Local Pre-K problem has a happy ending

Oak Forest’s Erin Palkot thought she had her daughter’s pre-K program wrapped up. Palkot’s daughter was accepted to Harvard Elementary’s paid Pre-K 4 program for the fall. She sent in her money, attended a Round Up at the school, and paid for school supplies and uniform components.

The Next Step Academy: a new approach to autism

Barbara Haney’s son Bobby is one of the 1 in 68 US children who have an autism spectrum disorder. “At six years of age, even with four years of therapy under his belt, he still couldn’t talk, couldn’t focus, couldn’t sit still or follow the simplest of instructions,” said his mother Barbara Haney. “He’d been in therapy since he was two but no school would take him.”