CRSM Pop-Up Food Bank Continues to See High Level of Need

At 3:30 p.m. on a recent blistering hot Thursday, a sea of more than 800 cars snaked their way through strategically formed lines on the east side of the CRSM parking lot. For the next two-and-a-half hours, the cars filled with families, waited for President Preston Kendall to welcome and wave them ahead — four, and sometimes eight cars at … Read More

CRSM Holds Much Needed Food Distribution in July

According to estimates from Feeding America, there are 36,400 Lake County residents living with food insecurity. Volunteers from Cristo Rey St. Martin and The No. IL Food Bank are helping. Interest in volunteering for our next event?  Thursday, August. 19th  3:15-6:15pm email: jdippold@cristoreystmartin.org      

Anthony Ochoa Talks About Coming Back to CRSM

Meet Anthony on Video…   A recent graduate of Bates College, Anthony has taken a job with Schuler Scholars* to work at his alma mater.   “We are thrilled to have Anthony joining our Cristo Rey St. Martin Schuler team. His perspective as an alumnus of both the school and Schuler will be a significant asset in the years ahead.” … Read More

The Need is Still There: A Special Food Pantry Event at Cristo Rey

The Northern Illinois Food Bank and Cristo Rey St. Martin have cooperated to hold 12 Mobile Pop-up Markets on campus. The June 24th event at CRSM however, held a special place in the hearts of the friends of the Northern IL Food Bank. Working beside Cristo Rey faculty and students at the Food Pantry, 50 family and friends volunteered to … Read More

“a dream to buy my mom a house”: An Interview with Czier-Anne Gone

Since her graduation from CRSM in 2013, Czier-Anne earned two bachelor’s degrees – Physics from Loyola University and Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.  She took time out to speak with me about her early struggles with the English language, her deep involvement with CRSM, her heroes, and the continuing use of her talent in the sciences.   … Read More

“It’s good to be uncomfortable”: An Interview with Josh Washington

  Josh graduated from CRSM in 2017. I spoke with him just after he received his degree in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics from Loyola University. Josh is a study in humility and competence. His record of achievement is remarkable given his young age – and there is much more to come. Thanks so much for making time for me, … Read More

Chicago Tribune and Crains in favor of Invest in Kids Tax Credit

Governor Pritzker’s upcoming budget proposes slashing the Invest In Kids Tax Credit Scholarship, and without legislative action, this critical program will be gone in 2 years. 100% of CRSM families qualify for this scholarship, and cutting this vital program now would be devastating. An article in Crains: https://www.chicagobusiness.com/orphe-divounguy-economy/reducing-inequality-starts-preserving-scholarship-tax-credits Editorial: Strengthen, rather than gut, a compromise that benefits all schoolchildren Four … Read More

CRSM English 3 Class Creates Writing Exchange for 2nd Graders

CRSM is bringing writers of various ages together in a cross-school project with Park School in Round Lake.    Elizabeth Partenach’s English 3 class is partnering with Ms. Wachowiak’s 2nd graders at Park School in Round Lake to create writing mentorships and exchange ideas.  The English 3 class will write story books that use literature to “achieve a purpose”.  Ms. Wachowiak’s … Read More

Polishing a Resume with CWSP & Winning a Scholarship to Study Abroad

While working on her resume with the Corporate Work Study Program, Katrina ’22 applied for a full scholarship to live and study abroad for an academic year from the U.S. Department of State’s Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program. Katrina won the scholarship and believes that crafting her resume was instrumental in winning the award, using her new … Read More