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  • Honoring the Maria Konopnicka Polish Language School of Chicago and Oak Lawn, Illinois on Its 40Th Anniversary

    by Representative Daniel Lipinski

    Posted on 2013-12-19

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    LIPINSKI of illinois in the house of representatives Thursday, December 19, 2013 Mr. LIPINSKI. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the Maria Konopnicka Polish Language School in Chicago and Oak Lawn, Illinois. This year the school will celebrate its 40th anniversary.

    Chicagoland is home to the largest population of people of Polish descent living outside of Poland. The Polish Language School, named for the great Polish poet, novelist, and activist, Maria Konopnicka, serves this population by offering kindergarten through high school students the opportunity to connect with and explore their Polish heritage. For forty years the school has excelled in teaching its students Polish language, history, and culture. Thousands of children have learned about Polish cultural heritage as well as the role Poles play in the United States and the world community, now and in the future. With its emphasis on civic responsibility, the school shapes students dedicated to supporting and improving Chicago's communities, and I am proud to have it in my district.

    While the school stresses the importance of its students, the community surrounding the school appreciates the hard work and dedication of all the staff at the Maria Konopnicka Polish Language School. Parents and students understand the school's success is thanks to the unceasing devotion of teachers and administrative staff who work relentlessly for the benefit of the students.

    Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing the outstanding faculties and students, both past and present, at the Maria Konopnicka Polish Language School, and congratulating them on this special 40th anniversary. May the school continue to exhibit excellence in teaching students about Polish cultural heritage and language for years to come.


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