Northwestern College’s Bridgeview Campus Participates in Pen Pal Program with Bridgeview School Children
Northwestern College’s Amy Buoscio, also a Bridgeview Chamber of Commerce & Industry Board Member, addresses Bridgeview School 4th & 5th graders while flanked by the children’s’ fall Pen Pals from the College and community.
Thirty-three (33) Northwestern College staff and faculty participated in the Bridgeview Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s 2015 Pen Pal Program with three of Bridgeview School’s fourth and fifth grade classes. Multiple businesses and Chamber members of the Bridgeview community participated, providing pen pals for over eighty (80) children during the fall quarter of the school year.
Three letters were exchanged between the children and Northwestern College staff and faculty, as well as with Chamber Members and employees from other Bridgeview area businesses. The letter exchanges began in September and concluded with a pizza party at Bridgeview School on Thursday, December 3. There, the children finally got to meet their pen pals and share pizza, punch, popcorn and ice cream. The food for the party was donated by Northwestern College as well as several other chamber businesses.
The Bridgeview Chamber of Commerce and Industry has hosted this Pen Pal exchange for a number of years, with Northwestern College being a steady participant in the program. Northwestern College staff particularly enjoy this program which allows them to interact with young children, giving them a child’s perspective on numerous points of interest as their letter writing progresses. The opportunity to meet their pen pals face-to-face is the highpoint of the exchange, especially as the children are always extremely excited to finally meet them, as was the case on December 3!
Laura Pollastrini is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and worked as a private attorney in a Chicago law firm. Her practice primarily focused on local government matters, including municipal, school district, library, township, and election law. In addition, she conducted local prosecutions for communities in Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will Counties, although she maintained clients throughout the entire State of Illinois. Prior to obtaining her law degree, Pollastrini spent a decade handling media and public relations for the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. In addition, she has five years of experience with the Illinois Senate as Legislative Aid and District Office Manager to an Illinois Senator who rose to become President of the Illinois Senate.
Currently, Pollastrini is utilizing her legal, legislative and public relations skills to advocate on behalf of Northwestern College with local, state and federal officials as well as stakeholders in government agencies and the media. She provides strategic and tactical government affairs/public relations consultation and support to both enhance the image of the school, and to adequately respond to changes in rules promulgated by the US Department of Education and laws proposed by the US Congress and Illinois General Assembly.
Pollastini holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Loyola University and a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law.