NLU Donates School Supplies to School District 21 in Wheeling Area


Arlene Rodriguez, an NLU Student Ambassador, left, and Pauline DeGrazia, Wheeling Campus Manager, pack donated school supplies for District 21. Rodriguez graduated from Elk Grove High School and is a sophomore studying Criminal Justice at NLU.

Children in Community School District 21 whose parents struggled with the cost of school supplies are off to a great start this school year, thanks to National Louis University employees and students.

They collected two large boxes of pens, paper, folders, erasers, pencils, markers, scissors and other supplies.

Pauline DeGrazia, Wheeling campus manager, and Arlene Rodriguez, an NLU sophomore in the Harrison Professional Pathways program and a Student Ambassador, delivered the supplies to District 21’s main office.  District 21 invited families in need to “shop” there for the supplies they need for their families. Also, the district social workers take supplies from the collection to have in their offices at the district’s 13 schools, to have available for students who come to school without supplies.


Pauline DeGrazia, from left, District 21 Superintendent Kate Hyland, Ed.D., and Arlene Rodriguez posed for a photo when the school supplies were dropped off.

“We are so thankful for the support and generosity of our community partners,” said Dr. Kate Hyland, District 21 superintendent. “Through this donation of school supplies, we can make a difference in the lives of our families and ensure that all students are ready to start the year.”

Dr. Hyland was recently recognized as Rotarian of the Year by the Wheeling Rotary Club for her work in promoting early childhood literacy. Any NLU’ers interested in volunteering to read to early childhood students to promote early literacy should contact Pauline DeGrazia at

Children from all or parts of the Northwest suburban villages of Wheeling, Prospect Heights, Glenview, Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect and Northbrook attend District 21’s 13 schools.