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Walther Christian, Area Fire Dept.’s Get $48K in Donated Equipment

Friday, August 23, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Recently, Walther Christian Academy, along with three local fire departments, received a total of over $48,000 in donated life safety equipment from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

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New Walther Middle School to Launch in the Fall | Walther Christian Hires New Head of School

Wayne Wenzel

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Walther Christian Academy, 900 Chicago Ave. in Melrose Park, recently announced that it has hired a new head of school to replace Jim Craven, who retired last June. Since then, the school had employed an interim.

Wayne Wenzel Jr. was hired after a nation-wide searching and interviewing process, school officials stated in an April 20 release. Wenzel, who has served in various capacities Luther North College Prep, will start at Walther on July 1.

According to Luther North’s website, “Wenzel graduated from Luther High School North in 1997. He received his B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University, majoring in History and Secondary Education. He received his M.A. from Concordia University River Forest in educational leadership.”

Wenzel started teaching at Luther High School North in 2002 before becoming social studies department chair in 2004. In 2008, he was dean of students and in 2012, he was assistant principal. In 2013, he was promoted to principal. He has been the school’s varsity baseball coach since 2005.

Recently, Luther North announced that it would suspend its academic operations in June.

“Throughout these difficult times and challenging times, the Luther North family has been appreciative and supportive of Mr. Wenzel’s leadership and actions,” the Walther statement reads.

“The Walther community is excited to have the leadership, integrity and enthusiasm of Wayne Wenzel as Walther Christian Academy positions itself for continued academic excellence.”

New Walther Middle School to launch this fall

In August, Walther Middle School will make its official debut. The school will serve students in 6th through 8th grades. The school will replace Walther’s K-8 school, which had been located inside of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1025 Lake St.

The middle school will be located within Walther Christian Academy. The St. Paul Lutheran congregation will decide how they’ll utilize the empty space, which Walther had been leasing, said school officials.

“The middle school will offer small class sizes, 1 to 1 Chromebooks, access to high school resources, differentiated learning, high school credit courses and a wide range of electives and athletic offerings,” according to a statement Walther released.

Students who graduate from the middle school will receive a scholarship advantage when enrolling at the high school, the statement reads. The school is looking to enroll between 40 and 60 students, officials said, adding that enrollment is still open.

For more information, visit walther.com or call (708) 344-0404. VFP

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Maywood Native, Author to Visit Walther Christian Academy, March 24 | Maywood Library to Remove Late Fees, March 20 – April 1

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Dr. Edmond Kelly. | Photo: Edmond Kelly/Facebook

Dr Edmond KelleyMarch 20, 2014 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

[Walter Christian Academy Release]: Dr. Edmond Kelly who was raised in Maywood and graduated from Walther Lutheran High School in 1995 recently announced the publication of his first book How ONE Choice Directs Your Destiny.

How ONE Choice Directs your Destiny is a self-inspirational book set as a three-part series that prepares a person to learn about their truth, trust their decision-making, and remaining in triumph once they have overcome.

The book is also an introduction to his philosophy, Mind Interpretation Theory, which focuses on teaching how to make righteous decisions, which will help begin the process of working smart, not hard, and living a life in excellence.

Walther Christian Academy, located at 900 Chicago Avenue in Melrose Park, will host a book-signing for Dr. Kelly on Friday, March 247 p.m. The public is invited to attend to hear from Dr. Kelly and copies of his book will be available for purchase.

Dr. Edmond Kelly Jr. has worked in the education field for fifteen years, but truly gained knowledge and wisdom during his time as a young boy in ministry and through receiving his Masters of Counseling in 2012 and doctoral degree in Educational Leadership in 2015 from Liberty University.

Dr. Kelly and his wife Felicia are blessed with two, beautiful children, Zoey and Elicia. He believes when making any decision, family should be the first thought in mind. He accredits his family as the guiding light to completing the book.

As a philanthropist, author, and co-founder of Crossover Gear clothing line, he felt that education will be the driving force to bless others in need. Through counsel and mentorship, he has created developmental programs for youth, such as, Heroes Of Tomorrow youth ministry.

He produced campaigns called the BACK UP Plan: Bullying Awareness Constitute Knowledge & Ultimate Protection, Crossover Cares Foundation (which will create scholarships for college bound students, contributed to charities yearly) and Operation Save-A-Life.org. The latter focuses on prevention of violence in the city of Chicago.

His passion for blessing others kept him grounded, humbled, and focused on making decisions to reach his own destiny, which is to give.

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With Eye Toward Servicing More of Proviso Township, West Cook YMCA Partners with Westlake in Melrose Park

Cook County Recorder of DeedsScreenshot 2014-11-25 at 10.25.38 AMEquipment setup at a cholesterol and blood glucose screening station during Saturday’s family health fair co-hosted by the West Cook YMCA and Westlake Hospital. Below, Melrose Park Mayor Ronald Serpico during the fair. Photos by Michael Romain for the Village Free Press.

Screenshot 2014-11-25 at 10.25.24 AMTuesday, November 25, 2014 || By Michael Romain || Updated: 10:37 PM

MELROSE PARK || Last Saturday, the West Cook YMCA partnered with Westlake Hospital and the Westlake Health Foundation to host a free health screening event at Walter Christian Academy, 900 Chicago Avenue, in Melrose Park.

The event, which targeted residents in Northlake and Proviso Township, was an extension of West Cook’s mission to be a “Y without walls,” according to the Y’s President and CEO Phillip Jimenez.

The West Cook YMCA provides health and wellness programming to ten communities in the western suburbs, including Maywood, Melrose Park, Forest Park and Oak Park.

“The Westlake Foundation has been very philanthropic in the area,” said Melrose Park Mayor Ronald Serpico, who made his way around the various screening stations setup throughout the school’s open space.

“I think this is another example of them coming into our community and being good neighbors, so I’m happy to be here,” he said.

Participants were provided free glucose, bone density, PSA and blood pressure screenings. They were also treated to free workshops on bone health and given information free early head-start programs, among other beneficial wellness services.

“We service [pregnant women and children ages 0 to 3 years old] in the home for 90 minutes,” said Joy Lewis, who works with Presence Health. “It’s kind of like homeschooling and it’s free of charge, so even if there’s no income we still service families.”

Both Westlake and YMCA officials believe that the family health fair is just a step toward a more comprehensive focus on preventative care throughout the western suburbs.

“According to the Cook County Department of Public Health, the Proviso Township area’s health priorities include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and access to health care services. The leading causes of death for residents of West Suburban Cook County are heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and influenza/pneumonia,” said Marta Alvarado in a statement released by the YMCA.

“This new initiative will focus on increasing awareness about these serious impediments to healthy living and offer educational opportunities to change behaviors to reduce instances of these illnesses and conditions,” said Alvarado, who is the Director of Wellness Programs at Westlake Hospital.

“People need preventative care and the purpose of this for us is to educate people,” said Karen Montiel, Community Health Coordinator at Westlake. “We’re in a diverse, multi-ethnic community in Proviso Township and there’s a need for this kind of outreach.”

The collaboration between West Cook and Westlake is funded by a $479,000 grant spread over three years. During that time, residents in Northlake and Proviso Township will be invited to various health screenings, assessments and health education programs facilitated throughout the Proviso Township. In addition, West Cook will offer on-site fitness and exercise programs at facilities operated by its various partners throughout the Township. VFP

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Walther Christian Academy To Host Open House At New St. Paul Location Sunday, May 18th

Thursday, May 15, 2014 

Walther Christian Academy will be hosting an open house on Sunday, May 18, 2014, 1 PM to 3 PM, at its new location at St. Paul Lutheran, 1025 W. Lake Street, Melrose Park, IL 60160.

Christ-centered, Multi-Age Education || Full Day Kindergarten – 8th Grade. Preschool Program (Ages 3 to 5 years) || Small Class Sizes – Personal Attention || Extended Care Program: 6:30 AM to 6 PM || 1:1 Laptop Computer Program || Interscholastic Athletics || Choral & Instrumental Music Instruction || Concordia University Partner School. Registration is open now. For more information, contact (708) 366-2764, or visit http://www.walther.com. VFP

UPDATE: Contrary To Earlier Report, No Injuries, No Evidence After Reported Shooting Near Walther Christian Academy, Melrose Park Police Say

Friday, April 11, 2014 || By Michael Romain 

In a memorandum released this morning from Melrose Park Police Chief Sam Pitassi, an earlier report stating that an alleged shooting near Walther Christian Academy yesterday resulted in one wounded is not accurate.

According to the memorandum, yesterday at 11:36 AM, Melrose Park police responded to reports of shots fired in an alley on the 800 block of 11th Avenue in Melrose Park, less than three blocks away from the campus of Walther Christian Academy, located at 900 Chicago Avenue in Melrose Park.

According to Jim Craven, Walther’s principal, the reported gunshots may have been in connection to a fight that broke out involving 10-12 teenagers, none of whom he believes are students at the school.

Although the police memorandum doesn’t mention the group of teenagers, it does state that a juvenile has since been brought in for questioning.

“Witnesses reported that two vehicles were in the area of the 800 block of 11th Avenue. Witnesses heard what appeared to be gun shots coming from one of the vehicles. Both vehicles fled from the scene and matter still being investigated by MPPD [Melrose Park Police Department]. A vehicle matching description was located in Maywood and being processed. A juvenile was brought in for questioning about the incident. Area schools were notified and placed on soft lock down for precautionary reasons. There are no victims or offenders at this time and no evidence located on scene.”

Officials at the Maywood Police department could not be reached for comment at this time.

Melrose Park police are asking that anyone with information that may be of help to investigators on the case contact the department at (708) 344-8409. VFP

BREAKING: Gunshot Victim Reported In Shooting Near Walther Christian Academy; District 89 Implemented Soft Lockdown

Thursday, April 10, 2014 || 4:19PM

New developments have surfaced about the shooting that took place near Walther Christian Academy in Melrose Park earlier today. According to a letter sent home to parents by District 89 officials in response to the incident, someone was indeed shot, but the suspects are still at large. An initial report posted earlier today had said that there were no injuries connected to the shooting.

The letter also indicated that District 89 implemented a soft lockdown, which entailed staff double-checking to ensure that doors were locked, making sure all students were inside of their classrooms and ensuring that staff was more of a presence when students were dismissed, among other precautions. There is no word yet on whether or not the stricter safety procedures will be in place tomorrow as well.

The shooting took place in an alley west of Walter Christian Academy’s athletic fields, located on the 900 block of Chicago Avenue in Melrose Park. The incident allegedly involved 10-12 teenagers, none of whom are students at the high school.

“We have no idea where they came from,” said, Jim Craven, Walther’s principal. He said that school officials notified the police after discovering that a fight was taking place and went into lock down after shots were fired.

“Our kids did what they had practiced and everybody’s safe,” Mr. Craven said.

An official with the Melrose Park police department said that updates on the case are forthcoming. VFP