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Recently, the AJK library received a donation of STEM books from close friends of Mrs. Johnson-Hines in her memory.

Mrs. Johnson-Hines was a kind and loving person who loved life, people, art, and books! Sometimes she did it in secret, but all would agree that she expressed her love by sharing what she had with a caring heart.

In her loving memory, friends at Abbott collaborated to remember her kindness and to share with others at the same time. Several close relationships helped to make this donation possible.

Thank you to our friends at Abbott for their efforts to cherish the memory of her caring heart and love for books.

The Academy Kicks-off Hybrid Learning

Wearing their masks, ready with hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes,  AJK staff and members from the North Chicago Community Partners welcomed back Cadets for the first time since last March.

It was a successful 1st day back and Cadets were excited to see their teachers in person while practicing social distancing.  While some students attended classes face-to-face (or mask-to-mask), others were fully remote.

The hybrid model helps reduce the number of students in the building by moving some of the students online for remote learning. Eventually more cadets will be back at the Academy for in-person learning.

Marines Mentor Cadets at The Academy

The USMC, Third Civil Affairs Group visited the Academy in their Dress Blues for a mentoring session with AJK cadets. Our goal is to have positive role models that share similar values. The Marines spoke to the children about the importance of always being prepared. They connected AJK’s RRCC:

Respect for self and others
Responsible for all actions
Commitment to education
Commitment to community

with the core values of the Marines Corps, which is Honor, Courage and Commitment. Mentors expressed that these core values define how every Marine in the Corps thinks, acts and does their job. The shared with the cadets, this is exactly what RRCC does for cadets at the Academy.

“In our fourth year of partnership with these fine men and women, our cadets are starting to realize the purpose around our core values and how important it is to live up to a standard of high expectations,” said Principal, Mike Grenda. “We will continue our partnership with this elite group of Marines with our mission always at the forefront of our minds… A.J. Katzenmaier Academy, Meeting cadets where they are and advancing them forward.”

Local Marines Deliver Smiles to the Academy

The holiday season got a little brighter for cadets at the Academy when they received gifts from Toys for Tots. Local Marines delivered hundreds of donated toys to the students in North Chicago School District 187 including cadets at AJ Katzenmaier Academy. The Toys for Tots program has a long standing partnership with the North Chicago schools and other local communities. Marines stationed at Naval Station Great Lakes, along with staff from AJK, unloaded, setup and pass out toys to students of the Academy. Students were excited to meet and receive toys from members of the Marines.

Special thanks the the Marine Corp and the Toys for Tots program!

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