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Herget School Offers Paper Recycling Site to Community

Don’t throw out those holiday card envelopes just yet. Instead, gather up all your paper that is ready to be discarded and head to Herget Middle School at 1550 Deerpath Rd., Aurora.

Herget is raising funds for school programs by providing a community paper-recycling site. Community members can drop of newspapers, magazines, shopping catalogs, office and school papers and mail at the green-and-yellow paper recycling bin in the school parking lot just to the north of the building (near the football field).

The school is working with a recycling company that compensates the school based on the weight of the paper it collects from the bin. The program also teaches students about environmental stewardship. Through the recycling of paper, the school helps reduce landfill use, saves water and energy.

The Herget recycling bin only takes paper. It does not accept plastic, metal, glass or trash. So please add recycling to your errand route and bring your paper by once a week – help Herget students and the environment.

For more information, log on to or contact Herget teacher Julie Medeles at 630-301-5750 or

Lauren Gaffino receives a scholarship

Did you know the A+ Foundation gives out scholarships?  2013’s recipients were Lauren Gaffino, who is studying Health Science at Drake University, and Evan Lorenz, who is studying Psychology at University of IL Urbana.

Reporting abuse and neglect is a law that District 129 employees are trained to obey

Illinois law requires workers in certain professions to report when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child has been abused or neglected. These “mandated reporters” are a crucial link in the system to protect Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens. All employees of School District 129 fall under the guidelines of this law. Therefore, District 129 employees are trained in what to see and do if abuse or neglect is suspected.

The training manual dispels popular myths related to child abuse, and reporting issues:

“There is a popular belief that preschool children are inherently unreliable sources of information. Child sexual abusers know this myth and exploit it to their advantage. Research has shown that if questioned properly, even very young children are reliable sources of information.

As with preschoolers, there is a myth that children with certain disabilities are unreliable. Even if a child cannot talk or only expresses herself with difficulty, this should not prevent you from making a report if you suspect child abuse. DCFS investigators have several techniques they can use to communicate with non-verbal children.

Although some sexual abuse victims are gay, some people have the mistaken belief that boys who were sexually abused by men always become homosexuals. This is simply not true! This myth only makes it more difficult for boys to disclose their sexual abuse histories.

Sometimes when children make a disclosure of abuse or neglect, they later say nothing happened. This does not always mean that the child was not initially telling the truth. Sometimes recanting is a natural reaction for children because there may be factors influencing the child to change their story. For example, being frightened, parent pressure, or perpetrator threats may cause the child to change their story.

Many Mandated Reporters believe that when they make a child abuse or neglect report the child will be removed from their family. In fact, less than 5% of children reported for abuse or neglect are removed from the home and usually it is not long term. For those who are not removed, their families are provided with services to insure the safety of the child.

Some mental health professionals, domestic violence counselors and medical professionals believe that the privileged communication laws prohibit them from reporting abuse. This is incorrect. Privileged communication laws do NOT apply in cases of child abuse. You are legally obligated to report any suspected abuse or neglect of a child known to you in your professional or official capacity. If you fail to do so, you can lose your license to practice your profession.

Some Mandated Reporters believe they can’t make an anonymous call to the Hotline. Like the general public, Mandated Reporters do have the right to make reports to the Hotline anonymously.  Before you make this decision, know all the facts.

1) The investigator will not be able to contact you to verify your information or gather any additional information you may have. This weakens the investigation.

2) You cannot be notified of the results of the investigation because no one will know how to reach you.

3) Also, if something happens to the child, you will have no legal proof that you fulfilled your role as a Mandated Reporter.”

The public is welcome to view the Training Manual to learn how to recognize the signs of abuse or neglect and join District 129 employees in the protection of our students.

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