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News Briefs: Race to Our Place brings out hundreds; so does NSCD homecoming; an honor for Wilmette schools

Approximately 400 people supported individuals with special needs on Sunday, Oct. 1, during the Race to Our Place at Gillson Park in Wilmette.

Our Place of New Trier is an organization that supports teens and adults with developmental disabilities so that they can lead meaningful, productive, socially connected lives in their home community.

The special fundraising event raises money to support Our Place’s programming, which include weekday sessions and Saturday night social events.

“Activities are designed to meet the varied interests of participants, ranging from art, music, and literary expression, to sporting opportunities such as bowling, swimming, fishing, and much more,” says a release from Our Place. “Participants also give back through nearly 4,000 volunteer hours at the New Trier Township Food Pantry, Three Crowns Park and other local organizations. They develop relationships with peers and mentors, make friends, build skills and gain the experiences they need to be fully contributing members of the community.”

For more information about our Our Place or how to volunteer, call (847) 512-4661 or email

A pie-eating contest was one of my activities at the homecoming celebration Sept. 29-30.

Homecoming weekend unites NSCD community

Raiders past and present came home to Winnetka for a celebration Friday-Saturday, Sept. 29-30, at North Shore Country Day School.

About 200 NSCD alumni enjoyed the homecoming festivities, which included a carnival with games, children’s activities, and food.

The oldest alumnus in attendance was John Notz Jr., of the class of 1949. His brother, Ted Notz (1953) was acknowledged as the 2023 Francis R. Stanton ’27 Alumni Recognition recipient.

On Sept. 30, a program at the school featured an update from NSCD Head of School Tom Flemma, a panel discussion with current students and the presentation to Ted Notz, “a lawyer whose impact has stretched far beyond the courtroom and into the lives of many,” according to a NSCD press release.

Wilmette schools earn recognition from Apple

Four Wilmette public schools were recently named Apple Distinguished Schools, according to a press release from Wilmette District 39.

The district’s Central, Harper, McKenzie, and Romona earned the recognition for using Apple technology in innovative ways. According to District 39, faculty members “consistently integrate technology in new and creative ways to help our students in the pursuit of academic excellence and growth.”

Last year, the district’s other two schools, Highcrest Middle School and Wilmette Junior High School, also earned the Apple honor.

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This article was developed using publicly available information, such as press releases, municipal records and social media posts.

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