The Glenwood Connection - Summer 2019

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Connection For 132 years, Glenwood Academy has been actively engaged in eradicating poverty, injustice, and inequality through the power of residential education.

IN THIS ISSUE: Senior Class of 2019.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Glenwood Academy Class of 2019

A Letter from the President. . . . . . 2


Thrall Family Foundation.. . . . . . . . 2

Four remarkable young adults joined the ranks of esteemed Glenwood Academy alumni. Diamond, Keyvon, Angel and Parris collectively attended Glenwood for 39 years! We are proud of our new alumni and anticipate great success from their bright futures.

Congratulations Class of 2019. . . . 3 123rd Flag Day Ceremony. . . . . . . . 4 Wine Tasting Event. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 National Junior Honor Society . . . 5 Donor Appreciation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 48th Annual Golf Outing. . . . . . . . . 6 Special Visitors at Glenwood . . . . . 6 2019 Science Fair Winners. . . . . . . 7

UPCOMING EVENTS: Queen of Hearts Raffle Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. 5th Quarter Tap & Press Room Eatery 18105 Dixie Hwy Homewood, IL 60430 See Page 7 for more details. 71st Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon Wednesday, November 20, 2019 11:00 a.m. The Drake Hotel 140 E. Walton Place Chicago, IL 60611 2019 Jingle Jog Fun Run 5K Sunday, December 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. Start Theater on the Lake, Lincoln Park See Page 7 for more details. For more information about these events, please contact Jen Wolff at 708.756.6496 or

Diamond joined the Glenwood family in 2009. She is a Marian Catholic High School graduate and will attend The Culinary Institute of America in New York to study food business management. She plans to become a professional chef. Diamond is known at Glenwood for her commitment to the Military Leadership Program where she most recently served as Communications Officer. She participated in KidShop and was a member of both Glenwood and Marian Catholic’s soccer teams.

Angel called Glenwood Academy home for 11 years. He is a graduate of Illiana Christian High School. He is planning a career in aviation and is looking forward to traveling the world. While at Glenwood, Angel served as an Officer in the Military Leadership Program. His accomplishments in the program include earning 15 merit bars and 7 medals. Angel also participated in Early Act, Ambassador Club, Drum Line, band and choir. In addition, he also played soccer, baseball, tennis, ran cross country, and participated in wrestling.

Parris joined our learning community in 2008 and is a graduate of Marian Catholic High School. Prior to graduation, Parris was the highest ranking officer serving as Colonel Battalion Commander in the Military Leadership Program. Parris will be attending the University of Illinois-Springfield in the fall and plans to major in information technology systems security. Parris is best known at Glenwood for his strong leadership skills. He graduated from Marian on the honor roll with a 3.8 GPA. (continued on page 2)

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Letter from the President:

Expect the Impossible! Dear Glenwood Academy Family, Families come to Glenwood Academy seeking refuge from failed systems of public assistance such as education, housing, or food insecurity. We specialize in building networks of support to stimulate healing and growth for those we serve. Our children and their families are able to lead extraordinary lives once they’ve been impacted by our program. As a new academic year approaches, I encourage you to expect the impossible at Glenwood. Nelson Mandela once said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” For more than 132 years, our learning community has stood the test of time and overcame many societal challenges. We continue to deliver a quality education and life skills. Please continue to stand with us as we make the necessary investments to strengthen and reinforce our learning community. Most importantly, we ask that you keep Glenwood Academy in mind so you can witness the dynamic transformation happening in our children’s lives. With gratitude,

Keyvon became a Glenwood boy in 2012. He is a graduate of Marian Catholic High School. Keyvon served as an Officer in the Military Leadership Program and participated in soccer, basketball, and KidShop. Keyvon is best known at Glenwood for his reserved demeanor and willingness to help his younger peers on campus.

Glenwood house parent Mrs. Mary Hill (center) presented Angel, Parris, Keyvon and Diamond with custom collages at the Senior Banquet.

Thrall Family Foundation’s Largest Scholarship Class to Date The Thrall Family Foundation continues its philanthropic legacy at Glenwood Academy in honor of family matriarch, Mrs. Lynn Thrall. The foundation gave scholarships to 15 Glenwood eighth grade students, the largest class since its inception. The Lynn Thrall Scholarship at Glenwood supports eighth grade students by offsetting tuition costs and fees for high school. Mrs. Thrall believed in the importance of education and made sure all six of her children earned college degrees. Students will be attending our three partner high schools: Marian Catholic, Illiana Christian and Bloom. Glenwood is grateful that the Thrall Family has chosen to honor Mrs. Thrall by supporting our children’s educational endeavors.

Mary H. Hollie, MSW, ACSW President/CEO Glenwood Academy

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This year’s scholarship recipients with Jan Thrall Mazza (first row, far left), Brooke Thrall (first row, far right), Mike Mazza (second row, far right), and President Mary Hollie (top row, center).


Class of 2019! (Left) The Class of 2019 happily pose for a photo before starting the commecement processional at Oliver M. Burton Chapel. (Below) President Mary Hollie and young men of the Class of 2019 have fun taking photos at the reception before the graduation ceremony.

EIGHTH GRADE CLASS Nineteen bright young men and women completed the elementary academic program. The graduation was held at the Oliver M. Burton Chapel and included remarks from President Mary Hollie and Dr. Colleen Carter, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Residential Services. Valedictorian Shauntrell reminisced about his time at Glenwood with a heartfelt speech and encouraged his fellow graduates to reach for the stars. Graduate Sabene was presented with the American Legion Citizenship Award by Mr. Rickey Mitchell, Commander, 8th Dist., American Legion. Every year, an eighth grade student is selected by vote among staff for the special recognition of exemplary citizenship, leadership, and scholarship. As a memento of their Glenwood journey, each graduate received an engraved pen and pencil set from Mr. Lenard Lewis, a longtime generous supporter and alumni.

We’ve Met Our Match! The Greer Foundation is a great partner of Glenwood Academy. Established by Pat and Carl Greer, the Foundation has helped many students reach their full potential and dreams with scholarships. Several years ago, Glenwood’s administration along with Pat and Carl Greer joined forces to attract junior high students to possible careers in STEM. The collaboration established the Greer Scholars. This scholarship is an extraordinary opportunity for our graduating seniors, and Glenwood is thrilled that the Greer Foundation has created this distinctive relationship with its students. In addition to scholarships, the Greer Foundation also awards a challenge grant to Glenwood for our summer enrichment program.

Donations are matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000 by the Foundation. All gifts go directly to support our academic and residential programs. To make a contribution, please use the enclosed envelope in this newsletter. Donations are also accepted online at Every new dollar that Glenwood receives will support our phenomenal programming. For more information about this challenge, or to make a donation over the phone, please contact Nora Sheahan, Annual Giving Director, at 708-756-5102.


123rd Annual Flag Day Ceremony Glenwood Academy celebrated the culmination of the 2018-2019 school year with its 123rd Annual Flag Day Ceremony. Flag Day is one of Glenwood’s most treasured events celebrating our students and community. The day includes a chapel service, special military drill and awards presentation. Flag Day is the final of three formal drills students participate in during the school year via the Military Leadership Program. With their platoons, students proudly demonstrate the hard work they put into their formations all year long. Drills are scored by inspection points, drill points, and overall scoring by judges. Charlie Company won the 2019 Flag Day drill. (Top Right) Parris (center) was presented with the Village of Glenwood Mayor’s Award. This award is presented to a Glenwood Student for overall meritorious performance in academics, community service, and respect for others. He is joined by his family, President Mary Hollie, and Mayor Ron Gardiner, Village of Glenwood. (Below) Charlie Company, led by Officer Adaeze and NCO Natalie, won the 2019 Flag Day Drill competition. Adaeze and Natalie happily accept the award joined by Pam Lawlor, Board of Trustees member, President Mary Hollie, and House Parents, Mr. & Mrs. Berkey and Mr. & Mrs. Mason.

(Above Center) 2019 Flag Design Competition winner, Brandon, with his family and President Mary Hollie at Flag Day. This year is the fourth year of the competition and is a way for our students to use their artistic expression to design a flag that embodies what the meaning of Glenwood is! (Above) Davion (center) is presented with the Daubert Industries Award by President Mary Hollie and Pam Lawlor, Board of Trustees member (far right.) Daubert Industries presents this award to an outstanding first-year student at Glenwood. This student is recognized for their integrity.


(Bottom) Norm Wesley, Board of Trustees Chairman, and President Mary Hollie present David with the 2019 David C. And Mary R. Meyers Memorial Award. The award is given to a student who sets an outstanding example as a Glenwood student when participating in community activities. David is one of our true and upcoming leaders. He will be attending Marian Catholic High School next year.



Thank you to all of our generous major donors! Without you, our mission would not be realized and our students would not receive the quality education, structure and support system they deserve.

Wine Tasting with a View

• Abra Prentice Foundation, Inc.

The Associate Board hosted its third annual Wine Tasting at WeWork in downtown Chicago. The WeWork location was a new space for this year’s event and boasted wonderful views from 23 stories above the cityscape. Friedeman Wines of Sonoma, California showcased its exquisite wines through guided tastings along with a paired buffet of appetizers.

• Bowman C. Lingle Trust • Butler Family Foundation • Ed Uihlein Family Foundation • Entire Car Protection

A special thank you to all those who attended and contributed to the phenomenal evening which raised funds for Glenwood children and families! The Associate Board is a vital part of how Glenwood supports our students and families. This group of young professionals helps to raise necessary funds and provides mentoring to our students through various activities and service projects on campus. If you are interested in joining the Glenwood Academy Associate Board or would like more information, please contact Jen Wolff at or 708.756.6496. Associate Board members Eric Kitchell (left) and Maren & Yousuf Hussain (right) enjoy the festivities at this year’s wine tasting event.

(Right) President/CEO Mary Hollie (center) with Marletta (left) and Bob Darnall (right). The Darnall family are longtime supporters of Glenwood Academy. Mr. Darnall is Glenwood Academy’s longest serving Trustee with nearly 40 years of service.

• Irwin Family Foundation • Masonic Family Health Foundation, Inc. • Robert C. Wheeler Scholarship Trust • The Greer Foundation • The Julius N Frankel Foundation • Thrall Enterprises, Inc. •W einberg Annual Golf Outing for Glenwood Academy • Wight & Company

National Junior Honor Society Welcomes New Members Glenwood Academy’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) welcomed six new members. Each inductee represents the NJHS’s qualities of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character on campus as well as in their communities. NJHS membership recognizes outstanding middle school students and develops their leadership skills through active involvement in school activities and community service.

New NJHS members are all smiles with their faculty sponsors following the induction ceremony.


48th Annual Golf Outing The 48th Annual Golf Outing returned to the exclusive Shoreacres Country Club in Lake Bluff this year. The day raised nearly $150,000 to support Glenwood programming. Special thanks to Norm Wesley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Board of Trustees member, Pat Flinn, for their tremendous support. Kudos to the Golf Committee for planning another fantastic day! The event also features a live auction, dinner program, and raffle prizes. Since its inception in 1972, the Golf Outing has become one of Glenwood’s signature events to support dynamic programming that will change the trajectory of our children’s lives.

Glenwood students gather for a photo with Norm Wesley, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, following dinner.

Board of Trustee member, Pat Flinn (right), and his foursome partners are greeted by Glenwood students at hole 1.

Jessica Fuentes (left) and Dave Stricklin (center) of Stricklin & Associates and President Mary Hollie at cocktail reception before dinner.

Glenwood Academy Welcomes Three Special Visitors Susan N. Dreyfus

Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin

Dan McLaughlin with students


Glenwood Academy welcomed three esteemed guests for campus tours. Each visited Glenwood’s learning community and observed some of the great things happening here. Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin took time out of his busy schedule to visit our campus. He toured the school, met with some of our students, and was very impressed with the work Glenwood Academy does for children and their families. Leader Durkin also met some of the children participating in our Summer Enrichment program. We look forward to a lasting friendship with Leader Durkin. Special thanks to Mark Wight, Board of Trustees member, for making this visit possible. Susan N. Dreyfus, CEO, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities visited Glenwood Academy to learn more about

our work in eradicating poverty, injustice and inequality through the power of residential education. The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is a national network of human service organizations focused on fostering a healthy and equitable society. Glenwood Academy is a proud member of the Alliance. Mary Hollie, President and CEO, of Glenwood Academy is a member of the Alliance’s Board of Directors. Special thank you to Ms. Dreyfus for visiting our learning community and her Alliance leadership. Dan McLaughlin, former Orland Park mayor and executive director of the Chicagoland Associated General Contractors, toured Glenwood Academy. Mr. McLaughlin also met with our junior high school students and discussed the Constitution, the role of government in society, and his 24-year tenure as mayor of Orland Park, lL.

Students Win Big at 2019 Science Fair The Glenwood Academy Science Fair is the culmination of yearlong preparation for junior high students. Janet Hadnott, junior high science teacher, prepares students with three science labs throughout the school year to familiarize them with the scientific method. “The students and I walk through the process together so that they are able to identify a question, hypothesis, procedure, data table, and graph, etc.,” Mrs. Hadnott said. Preparation for the science fair extends beyond Mrs. Hadnott’s science class. Students also work with Pat Johnson, Language Arts teacher to write a research paper. Once the paper is completed, students develop a hypothesis and start their experiment. Parental engagement is key during the science fair project season because many students complete their projects at home with the help of their parents. “There is a lot of communication between myself and parents,” said Mrs. Hadnott. “Many students completed their projects over spring break.” Students completed their science boards with the help of resource teachers, Cynthia Hadnott and Camiell Burse. Once boards are graded, Mrs. Green, junior high math teacher, reviews the completion of data tables, graphs, and other teachers provide input as to how students can improve. “The science fair is definitely a cross curricular experience,” said Mrs. Hadnott. The complete science fair project boards are displayed in the library for judges’ review. This year, three employees from a local company, Landauer served as judges. Emily, Helen, and Kenya work at Landauer making radiation badges for lab workers who might have exposure to radioactive elements. The science fair winners are treated to Dave and Buster’s for an evening of dinner and fun.

Queen of Hearts Raffle Purchase tickets for Glenwood Academy’s Queen of Hearts Raffle hosted by 5th Quarter Tap & Press Room Eatery, 18105 Dixie Hwy, Homewood, IL 60430. If the Queen of Hearts card is revealed, the winner will win half of the pot. If the winning card is not unveiled, the pot will roll over and continue to build into next week. Join the fun today! Tickets are 6 for $5 and drawings are held weekly on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. You do not need to be present to win so purchase your tickets anytime! For more information about Queen of Hearts, please contact Nora Sheahan at or 708.756.5102.

Winners of the 2019 Science Fair with Mrs. Janet Hadnott, middle school science teacher, and judges from local Glenwood company, Landauer.

Save the Date!

Sunday, December 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. Start Theater on the Lake, Lincoln Park The Jingle Jog will start and end at Theater on the Lake. There will be a 5K and Kids Dash around the Lincoln Park Chicago Park District with a view of the city and lakefront. Following the walk, an after-party will be held at Theater on the Lake with food, drinks, Christmas music, a kid craft corner, and a visit from Santa. For more information, contact Jen Wolff at 708.756.6496 or 7

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Thanksgiving Luncheon

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019 THE DRAKE HOTEL 140 EAST WALTON PLACE, CHICAGO For more information, contact Jen Wolff at 708.756.6496 or