The role of local philanthropies is an important one and this year’s peanut sale provides yet another opportunity for community members to lend support to a worthwhile cause.

Donations to Kiwanis International benefits children across the globe, but the money given to each individual chapter stays within that community. Donors should take to heart the difference their contribution will make here in Forest Park.

We would like to emphasize that other local organizations should use this annual fund raiser as a chance to partner with an established charity. This truly is how the peanut sale can have its greatest impact.

Businesses, non-profits and individuals spend countless hours and millions of dollars each year trying to establish connections that will give them an advantage. In the business of charity, those advantages are passed on to the less fortunate. By participating in the peanut sale-or any other local fund-raising effort-organizations can learn of other services available to the public.

For those who decide not to volunteer for a few hours on the weekend of Sept. 21, share your spare change with the peanut vendors stationed throughout the village and help make a difference in your own community.

Housecleaning in order at PMSA

We’ve used this space before to discuss the shortcomings of the new Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, and given that the school is so young it’s particularly troubling to be here again. But Proviso appears to be on the verge of change with the hire of a swift acting superintendent, and we look forward to celebrating successes at the academy, as well as Proviso East and West.

It’s too soon to say how quickly the changes being implemented at the academy by Superintendent Stanley Fields will benefit the school. But the simple direct message that missing teachers and missing textbooks are unacceptable on opening day is a refreshing one.

It’s apparent that administrators and board members are peeved that the avoidably tumultuous start to the current school year was in fact, not avoided. What is equally apparent is that no one made any effort to nip it in the bud.

True, the superintendent is the leader of the district, but if any leader is to be successful they must surround themselves with capable people who share their vision.

We can only speculate what the reasons might be for suspending Richard Bryant-and though his apparent connection to $2,600 in missing money is a good one-we’re strangely hopeful that his inability to prepare PMSA for a successful opening is the real culprit.

Forest Park needs a strong high school. Hopefully, we are all prepared for the work it will take to create one.