"Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.” 
Sue Monk Kidd

Stories that matter

Spring Initiative “empowers young people in the Mississippi Delta to beat the odds; access the opportunities they deserve; and build successful, happy, and hopeful lives for themselves. Spring believes in the transformational power of relationships and education. Spring provides holistic opportunities and steady support; it is the students who do the hard work to make their dreams […]

Spring Initiative in the Mississippi Delta


Our family traveled to Clarksdale, Mississippi over spring break to volunteer for the Clarksdale Area Fuller Center, The Care Station, and I was also able to partner with Spring Initiative. We have dear friends from our college days that live and work in the Mississippi Delta and were grateful to have the opportunity to partner […]

encouraging vibrant communities in Clarksdale, Mississippi


World Relief Chicagoland held their first in person Global Gala in 2 years this past weekend. Staff, volunteers, clients, and community members gathered to connect and hear stories of World Relief’s work as well as updates from Ukraine, personal stories from clients, and staff experiences from welcoming newly arriving refugees and immigrants. Master of Ceremonies […]

“A Vibrant Welcoming Community”: Global Gala 2022 with World Relief


Usually Westmont High School’s afternoon assemblies are a bit more hyped and light but the mood last week matched the seriousness of the situation. Westmont High School planned an Assembly to raise awareness about the crisis in Ukraine and many students wore blue and yellow in support. Larissa Zelisko, a counselor at Westmont High School […]

The Crisis in Ukraine close to home at WHS


West Suburban Community Pantry celebrated their 10 year anniversary with a Culinary Challenge Event on Sunday night. The event was in person this year and people came up to celebrate and support the good work WSCP does in the community. At West Suburban Community Pantry, all are welcome. We strive to eliminate barriers to food […]

WSCP Culinary Challenge 2022


Second Graders at Manning Elementary School are dancing through stories and learning more about literature as they gain an appreciation of classical dance and ballet. The Literacy Through Dance Program is a partnership between Salt Creek Ballet and JT Manning School that dates back to 2008 and focuses on building literacy skills through movement. Karen […]

Literacy Through Dance


The 5th Graders at Manning Elementary are leading a school wide challenge focusing on respect.  They gathered handmade signs and props they prepared and got in their small groups to head out to classrooms across the building on a Wednesday morning.  Many were nervous to lead but there was excitement as they went off to […]

5th Graders leading in Respect


Marisa Choate of Choate Studio is an artistic designer and teacher with a passion for creating art that everyone can enjoy. She and her mother Nuccia curated and designed a fashion show to help celebrate the Winfield Centennial in partnership with The Winfield Foundation. The focus was a 100 years of fashion through the ages […]

Clothing has shaped our history & future


Westmont High School students dressed to impress at the annual feast and they buzzed with excitement and energy as they entered the commons on December 7th.  This tradition was started in 1995 and allows students to dress up and enjoy a special meal together as a school community. Teachers and administrators- including School Board Superintendent […]

Feasting at Westmont High School