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Donations Sought for Project Backpack

Want to help students start the next school year equipped with all their supplies? Project Backpack is currently accepting donations of school supplies to distribute to students within Elgin Community College's district area for the upcoming school year.

Donations of school supplies will be accepted prior to Monday, July 31 at several location. The event will take place Saturday, August 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Elgin Community College. For more information on school supplies needed and drop off locations, visit the Project Backpack website.

TRS Information Update
Teachers' Retirement System has updated it's telephone numbers and email addresses to improve its service. Below is the new contact information,

Phone: 877-927-5877

TRS will also be updating its website in July for easier navigation and enhanced service.
Kane County Student Competes in National Spelling Bee
Kane County 8th Grade Minh Nguyen was one of 291 students that competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the crown of the 90th champion. Minh competed with the best of the best and made it through three rounds. 

Ultimately, Minh was just short of the finals and did not score high enough on the written portion of the Bee. Congrats for making it to the national stage Minh!
Spend Your Summer with Illinois Professional Learning
Thinking of professional development over the summer? Illinois Professional Learning offers online continuing education courses that are relevant, convenient, and affordable. Both PD Hours and Graduate Credits are available through IL Professional Learning.

There are a variety of courses offered to meet your professional development needs. View the full course listing today.
Be Internet Awesome
Within the past 20 years, the internet has become more accessible than ever and a new generation is learning its fundamentals.  
To teach this new generation the internet fundamentals, Google put together an online curriculum called Be Internet Awesome. It teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence. Learn More.
Upcoming Workshops
Meeting Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Achieve Results
  Date: June 27, 8:30am - 4:00pm
Location: Kane County ROE
Cost: $175
Recognizing & Assisting Homeless Students
  Date: June 28, 8:30am - 4:00pm
Location: Kane County ROE 
Cost: $50
Middle School Mission & Methods  Date: July 10-14, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Kane County ROE
3 Graduate Semester Hours, Aurora University
Cost: $950
Adolescent Development & Learning
  Date: July 24-28, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Kane County ROE 
3 Graduate Semester Hours, Aurora University
Cost: $950