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Mokena Grade School Grads, This Picnic's for You

Graduates of Willowcrest, Mokena Grade School and St. Mary's Grade School are invited to a family picnic on June 23, at the Hickory Creek Forest Preserve Hickory Hollow picnic shelter.

Calling all Mokena grade school grads, there's a village-wide reunion happening later this month and you're invited.

On Saturday, June 23, graduates from all Mokena grade schools are invited to the at the Hickory Hollow picnic shelter, 10417 W. La Porte Road, for an event with generations of Mokena graduates. Organized by Tim Howe and Debra Strong, the event will feature activities for both the young and the young at heart, food and a photo exhibit displaying the history of Mokena.

The photo exhibit will be at , 10731 W. La Porte Road, from 2 to 4 p.m. that day, which is only a short walk away from the picnic shelter.

For $10, the picnic will include two meals, featuring burgers, hotdogs, chips, potato salad, corn on the cob and more.

“For those who pay the $10, you're basically paying for $5 each for two meals, you can't beat that," Howe said. 

Howe said that the idea for the event came from an idea on Facebook and the idea of having a "Mr. Richard Quinn Day," in honor of an eighth grade history teacher during the 1980s, who went on to become village president.

"We met with Mayor Joe and were throwing around ideas and it was decided a nice little picnic would be the way to go," Howe said. 

The cost of the event is $10 per person, with children 12 years old and under free. Checks can be made out to Strong, with “picnic” in the memo line, and then mailed to PO Box 84, New Lenox, 60451.

Find more information about the picnic at the event's Facebook page.

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