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District 117 Retirees Meet For Food, Friendship


The largest group of North Palos School District 117 retirees ever to assemble for breakfast turned out Wednesday to discuss topics ranging from babysitting and substitute teaching to traveling and Medicare.

More than 50 retired teachers, clerks, secretaries, office staff and administrators converged on Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park over plates of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes and fruit.

The group celebrated its 15th annual breakfast where they caught up with friends and former colleagues, many of whom they hadn’t seen since last year’s breakfast.

Some of those in the group keep in touch during the year through outings to White Sox games and trips to the Botanical Gardens and breakfasts while others see each other annually at the retiree’s breakfast.

They share stories of the satisfaction they receive from volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, P.A.D.S. and the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

And they share stories of the fun they have traveling and taking care of grandchildren.

Former North Palos School District 117 Superintendent and current District 117 Board President Tom Kostes filled the group in on the current state of the district.

He said the district’s enrollment continues to climb and is at 3,404 students. Dr. Kostes mentioned that Conrady Junior High School won the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award last year and Principal Andy Anderson received several related honors, including Junior High School Principal of the Year in Illinois.

Glen Oaks was ranked the 9th best public school among the top 20 schools in suburban Chicago.

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