Eid Fest returns to the DuPage County Fairgrounds in July

Thousands of Muslims are expected to gather for the annual Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Chicago Eid Fest July 15-17 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton.

The festival will celebrate its 12th year in the suburbs. It was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but resumed last July with safety measures in place once restrictions eased.

Around 20,000 people usually attend over the three days.

Attractions include a petting zoo, carnival rides, pony rides, games, and bazaar vendors selling food, clothing, and ethnic/cultural goods. Fireworks will be fired on July 16.

Admission is $3, with carnival tickets sold separately. For more details, visit eidfest.us. For more information, call (855) EID-FEST or email [email protected]

Anel Escamilla was recently hired as the English Learner Coordinator for Elementary District 62 in Des Plaines.
– Courtesy of Des Plaines Elementary District 62

Bilingual educator

Anel Escamilla was recently hired as the English Learner Coordinator for Elementary District 62 in Des Plaines.

In this role, Escamilla is responsible for helping school leaders and staff meet the academic and social emotional needs of English language learners. She will work with district schools to support students in their transition to English and help them make measurable progress in state standards. She will also work with families and the community through the Bilingual Parent Advisory Council.

Escamilla has been an associate principal at Oak Terrace Elementary, a bilingual K-5 school in North Shore District 112, for the past two years. Previously, she was an English as a second language teacher for various grade levels and a fourth-grade bilingual teacher for five years.


“Being bilingual and bicultural, I am very grateful for this opportunity to work in a diverse community,” Escamilla said. “I look forward to an amazing school year and being part of this wonderful community.”

Title IX turns 50

On the 50th anniversary of Title IX last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education released proposed regulatory changes that provide women and girls with greater protection from gender-based discrimination in programs and activities. educational.

Proposed amendments to the landmark Civil Rights Act will restore crucial protections for students against sexual harassment, assault, and gender-based discrimination, as well as advance educational equity and opportunities for women and girls in elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities.

The regulations will require that all students receive appropriate support to access all aspects of education. They will strengthen the protection of LGBTQI+ students facing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. And they will demand that school procedures for complaints of gender discrimination, including sexual violence and other sexual harassment, are fair for everyone involved.

The proposed rule will be open for public comment for 60 days from the date of publication on the Federal Register. For more information, including a summary with background and a fact sheet, visit www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/t9nprm-factsheet.pdf.

Literacy Tutors

McHenry County College in Crystal Lake offers free training for those interested in becoming adult literacy tutors.

Volunteers will be trained to teach adult basic education, including reading, writing and math, English as a second language, and high school equivalency exam preparation. They usually work with students individually and in small groups of two to five.

“In addition to helping students learn to speak and read a new language, volunteers help people learn the life skills they need in a new country,” said Patricia Moreno de Gavina, Services Coordinator adult education and literacy support program. “Volunteer tutors play a crucial role in helping these students build their confidence and self-esteem. It’s a hugely rewarding experience.”

The training is offered online. It requires 12 hours of online instruction and two hours of in-person training with a volunteer MCC Adult Literacy Coordinator. Volunteers can choose a self-paced or intensive option.

A background check is required for volunteers.

“Our goal this year is to have at least 125 trained tutors serving over 300 students,” said Moreno de Gavina.

Register at mchenry.edu/volunteer. Intensive training is scheduled for July 9 and 16.

muslim convention

The 59th annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America returns September 2-5 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont.

This year’s theme is “Resilience, Hope and Faith: With Difficulties Comes Ease”. The convention will feature a host of speakers, including prominent Islamic scholars and Muslim community leaders from across North America and the world. It will include an exhibition/bazaar with hundreds of vendors, youth programs, entertainment, inspirational and interfaith sessions, film festival, art exhibition, fashion show, children’s program and discount community service awards.

For reduced rates, register before July 15. For more information, visit isna.net/convention/.

Pandemic relief

Eight Lake County nonprofits have received grants as part of a final $84,345 disbursement from the Lake County COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. This round of funding focused on summer programs for at-risk children up to age 13, addressing learning loss and socio-emotional needs due to the pandemic. Recipients include:

•Heart of the City — Funding will support their Summer Soccer Academy teaching football, life skills and team building to 60 at-risk youth in North Chicago, Round Lake, Waukegan and Zion.

•Mothers Trust Foundation — provides scholarships to 20 children from low-income families in Waukegan, North Chicago, Round Lake and Zion to attend a one-day summer camp.

Since the fund’s launch on March 20, 2020, more than $1.2 million has been raised and distributed in grants to 51 community-based nonprofits serving those most affected by the pandemic. For more information, visit LIVEUNITEDlakecounty.org/covid19.

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