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Community-wide Asset Celebration offers weekend of family fun

Celebrate 20 years of character building as Lincoln-Way area school districts, park districts, clergy and community groups come together to host a weekend of family fun March 8 and 9.

Celebrate 20 years of character building as Lincoln-Way area school districts, park districts, clergy and community groups come together to host a weekend of family fun March 8 and 9 at The Hub and Lincoln-Way East High School.

Lincoln-Way High School District 210 is teaming up with religious groups and park districts from the Lincoln-Way area to offer programs and entertainment for youths of all ages.

“It is important to all of us that our young people grow into productive citizens,” said Superintendent Lawrence A. Wyllie. “The asset program is one way to help make that happen. I want to thank our entire community for supporting this program.”

The Asset Celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, with a Battle of the Bands contest at The Hub, 1303 Schoolhouse Road, New Lenox. The event, which is open to middle school, junior high and high school students from the Lincoln-Way area only, will feature local youth group bands battling it out on their guitars, bass guitars and drums for prizes.

Entrance to the event is free. Students must show their school ID’s to gain entrance.

The Asset Celebration will continue at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 9, with a pancake breakfast at Lincoln-Way East High School, 201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort.

Lincoln-Way area religious groups will serve up complimentary hotcakes in the school cafeteria until 10 a.m. that day. Donations will be accepted to cover food expenses.

The festivities will continue with a Family Fun Faire, sponsored by Lincoln-Way area park districts, in the Lincoln-Way East High School gymnasium. Visitors will find children’s games, crafts, characters, live entertainment, 40 vendors and a bounce house from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Entrance is free, but children are encouraged to bring a small new toy (such as a Happy Meal toy) to donate to The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation. The toys are used to provide comfort and distraction from painful procedures to children and teens who have been diagnosed with cancer.

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