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    Dear Glenwood Academy Family: It is our pleasure to present our 130th Anniversary Annual Report. The Power of Residential Education showcases our enduring legacy of educating tomorrow’s leaders. At Glenwood Academy, we effect change in the lives of our children and families by eradicating poverty, injustice, and inequality through the power of residential education. Our learning community possesses a collective power that has invigorated Glenwood for more than 130 years.

    In this report, you will hear about Glenwood in the words of our main constituencies—students, parents, and alumni. You will learn how Glenwood gives Faith Hawkins a peace of mind while she works to support her family. You will also learn why Pale Mejia, an alumnus, decided to give back as a member of the Glenwood Academy Associate Board. And you will read about the experiences of two of our students—Robert and Gino—and what Glenwood has meant in their lives.

    Glenwood is one of the oldest organizations in Illinois focusing on building bridges to brighter futures for children. We prepare future generations to harness their innate power to heal the world. Our primary goal is to nurture and educate our students and develop them into a force for good. As they matriculate from Glenwood, we hope that they carry forward the values and lessons of Glenwood to positively impact their own communities—thus multiplying the impact of their experience with us. With your commitment, investments, and love our children and families will have power to write their own story.

    Yours in service,

    Norman H. Wesley Mary Hollie, MSW, ACSW Chairman, President/CEO Board of Trustees

    130 Years

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    Our first school home, a former hotel, in Norwood Park. Oscar L. Dudley Robert Todd LincolnGlenwood choir

    of Excellence

    In the late 1800’s, the city of Chicago did not boast a world- renowned skyline adorned with bright lights and skyscrapers. Actually, the burgeoning town was on the cusp of chaos. With a population of more than one million residents, Chicago had the world’s highest typhoid fever rates. Children orphaned by the death of their parents were left to fend for themselves on the city streets. And even young kids with adults in the home were tasked with earning money to help support the family. A formal education system had not yet been established.

    Oscar L. Dudley, an agent for the Illinois Humane Society, was charged with ensuring the protection and welfare of stray animals. In the 1880’s, he traversed Chicago streets in search of neglected animals. During his travels, he realized Chicago had more abandoned children than animals. Dudley began to think of ways to combat this social issue and decided a training school for boys would be a great solution. He reached out to the city’s powerful and philanthropic citizens, including, notably, Robert Todd Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln.

    With Lincoln’s financial support, Dudley’s vision of creating a safe haven for neglected boys came to fruition. The school opened in Norwood Park, Illinois and consisted of a large three-story frame building and four acres of land. The building had 26 rooms, two central halls and a basement. In the first year, enrollment grew from 10 to 143 boys.

    The school moved from Norwood Park to its current location in Glenwood on June 10, 1890. Milton George, an influential newspaper publisher, donated his 300-acre farm to the school as a gift. The farm, known as “Rural Glen,” was the first major gift received by the school and possibly the greatest asset to its perpetuity.

    Glenwood has evolved from a manual training school for dependent boys focused on farming to a comprehensive residential education program for boys and girls, focused on scholarship, leadership and service. Glenwood remains the only source of residential education of its kind in the greater Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana region.

    130 Years

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    My eldest child, Ja’Maya, started first grade at our neighborhood public school where she was on the honor roll. Her teacher told me she was very bright and that I should consider sending her to a better school. At the time, Ja’Maya was attending a before and after-school program at a local church. When I told the program director there that, I was looking for a better school, she shared that her daughter attended Glenwood School for Boys and Girls.

    I began to research more about Glenwood. Though some people told me it was a school for “bad” kids, I did not allow this to discourage me. I called Glenwood and scheduled an interview. Ja’Maya took a placement test, and we found out she was behind academically. Glenwood staff reassured me she would be at or above grade level with the help of extra support and campus resources. Today, Ja’Maya is a graduate of Glenwood Academy and Marian Catholic High School. She currently attends Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

    Encouraged by the tremendous strides Ja’Maya made at Glenwood, I eventually enrolled my other children. My son Isaac’s first year at Glenwood was difficult. His behavior needed improvement and staff partnered with me to get him back on track. Isaac is doing much better now thanks to the support Glenwood has put in place. My daughter Diamond spent two years at the same public school her older siblings attended. I fought with the school through- out her first grade year for support services. Knowing that Glenwood would be better equipped to provide the support she needed, we scheduled an interview at Glenwood and had her tested. She was able to start the summer program within two months’ time. Now she is receiving the assistance she needs. My youngest daughter, ZoeGrace, is in second grade at Glenwood. She is doing very well. She was home schooled prior because I was not satisfied with her attending a public school. I believe having older siblings on campus has helped her adjust very quickly.

    As a Glenwood parent, I love the extra support and knowing that my kids are in a safe environment. I also love the fact that all teachers and staff allow an open line of communication. Glenwood’s individualized attention for each student is awesome. Three out of my four kids have participated in resource classes, and I believe it has helped each of them. I also like that counseling services are available because my kids are able to have someone to check in with and lean on when I am not there.

    My family and I have a lot to be thankful for with all the assistance Glenwood has given us. For example, our family received a food basket two years ago which happens to be the same year I lost my job. It was a true blessing just in time for the holiday season.

    Glenwood has also given me the opportunity to achieve personal goals. The fact that my children are safe on campus during the week has enabled me to work a job that has unconventional hours and I do not have to worry about my kids’ well-being. This in return has given me an opportunity to provide for my children in ways I’d never imagined. On behalf of my family, I’d like to thank Glenwood’s generous donors. Because of you, my children know that the sky is the limit.

    “ My name is Faith Hawkins and I am the proud mother of Ja’Maya, Isaac, Diamond, and ZoeGrace. All of my children have been a part of the Glenwood community and I am so proud of their accomplishments and grate- ful for what Glenwood has given them.


    Ja’Maya in 2010.

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    Faith Hawkins with her children (L to R) Isaac, Ja’Maya, ZoeGrace, and Diamond.

    ZoeGrace enjoys a trip to the pumpkin patch with

    her cottage mate, Mia.

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    At age 9, Gino and his mom moved and he started at a new school. Although he was in third grade, he was unable to read. His class sizes were too big, and his teachers were inattentive. Gino’s mom was worried and didn’t want him to become a statistic. This is when a co-worker told her about Glenwood Academy. Glenwood is a beacon of hope for Gino and his family. Today, Gino is a senior at Illiana Christian High School and is interested in studying computer science in college. Gino will soon pass the baton to the next era of Glenwood leaders.

    “I am forever thankful to Glenwood staff and donors,” Gino said at Glenwood’s 2017 Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees. “Thank you for helping young men and women by guiding us in the right direction and giving us the stability we need in our lives. Glenwood will always be in my heart.” Gino’s story is one of courage and perseverance. At Glenwood, we know that every child has the right to a quality education. It

    is an injustice to not provide children with the tools they will need to grow into productive citizens. Glenwood helps children and the