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Oak Park, Illinois

Oak Park is a village adjacent to the West Side of Chicago, Illinois. It is the 29th most populous municipality in Illinois as counted in the 2010 U. S. census. As of the 2010 United States Census the village had a population of 51,878. Oak Park was settled beginning in the 1830s, with rapid growth in the 19th century and early 20th century, it incorporated in 1902. Development was spurred by railroads and street cars connecting the village to jobs in Chicago. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his wife settled here in 1889. Population peaked at 66,015 in 1940. Smaller families led to falling population in the same number of apartments. In the 1960s, Oak Park faced the challenge of racial integration, devising many strategies to integrate rather than resegregate the village. Oak Park includes three historic districts for the historic homes: Ridgeland, Frank Lloyd Wright and Seward Gunderson, reflecting the focus on historic preservation. In 1835, Joseph Kettlestrings, an immigrant from England, purchased 172 acres of land just west of Chicago for a farm and their home.

Once their children were born, they moved to Chicago for the schools in 1843, moved back again in 1855 to build a more substantial home a bit east on their quarter section of land. More farmers and settlers had entered the area, their land was called by several names locally, including Oak Ridge. When the first post office was set up, it could not use the name Oak Ridge as another post office was using that name in Illinois, so the post office chose Oak Park, that name became the name for the settlement as it grew, for the town when it incorporated in 1902. By 1850, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad was constructed as far as Elgin and passed through the settlement area. In the 1850s the land on which Oak Park sits was part of the town of Cicero; the population of the area boomed during the 1870s, with Chicago residents resettling in Cicero following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and the expansion of railroads and street cars to the area. "In 1872, when Oak Park received its own railroad depot on the Chicago and Northwestern Railway, its rapid emergence as a residential suburb of Chicago began.

In 1877, the railroad was running thirty-nine trains daily between Oak Chicago. As Chicago grew from a regional center to a national metropolis Oak Park expanded – from 500 residents in 1872 to 1,812 in 1890, to 9,353 in 1900, to 20,911 in 1910, to 39,585 in 1920. Oak Park thus emerged as a leading Chicago suburb."A review of Oak Park's history by Wiss, Elstner Associates in 2006 further explains the importance of railroads and street cars in the development of Oak Park: The Village of Oak Park was formally established in 1902, disengaging from Cicero following a referendum. According to the local historical society, "The period 1892–1950 saw the construction of all of the housing stock in Oak Park, most of the village's current buildings." The village population grew and "by 1930, the village had a population of 64,000 larger than the current population", while cherishing a reputation as the "World's Largest Village." Chicago grew in the 19th century, recording 4,470 residing in the 1840 Census in the place so a fur trading post, reaching 1,099,850 in 1890, 1,698,575 in 1900, passing Philadelphia to the number two spot in the US, in that year, the fifth largest in the world.

Chicago was well located on the shores of Lake Michigan for transport. After World War II, "Oak Park was affected by larger developmental trends in the Chicago Metropolitan area; the construction of the Eisenhower Expressway cut through the southern portion of the Village in the mid 1950s. Starting in the 1960s and 1970s, Oak Park has made a conscious effort to accommodate changing demographics and social pressures while maintaining the suburban character that has long made the Village a desirable residential location. Beginning in the 1960s, Oak Park faced the issue of racial integration with effective programs to maintain the character and stability of the Village, while encouraging integration on racial basis; this was the greatest challenge to Oak Park, which some judge it has met with success, see Demographics. Population fell from the peak level from smaller average household size, including a rise in one-person households. Oak Park has a history of alcohol prohibition; when the village was incorporated, no alcohol was allowed to be sold within its village limits.

This law was relaxed in 1973, when restaurants and hotels were allowed to serve alcohol with meals, was further loosened in 2002, when select grocery stores received governmental permission to sell packaged liquor. Now alcohol, such as beer and wine, is accessible. In 1889, Frank Lloyd Wright and his wife settled in Oak Park, he built many homes and the Unity Temple, his own church, in the village, before he left in 1911 to settle in Wisconsin. Oak Park attracts architecture buffs and others to view the many Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes found in the village, alongside homes reflecting other architectural styles; the largest collection of Wright-designed residential properties in the world is in Oak Park. A distinct focus on historic preservation of important architectural styles began in the 1970s and continues, with many buildings marked as significant, so far, three historic districts defined. Other

Des Moines Christian School

Des Moines Christian School is a private Christian school that opened in 1948 on the campus of First Federated Church in Des Moines, United States. In 1980, the school moved to the former Franklin Junior High School building, in 1983 added ninth grade. In 1988, the State of Iowa granted accreditation to grades 7 through 12. Des Moines Christian School was founded in June 1947 when forty-one people from various local churches in the greater Des Moines area gathered at the Des Moines YMCA to pray and consider establishing a private Christian school in the Des Moines area, it was decided to elect an evangelical school board, adopt a constitution, formulate bylaws for a parent-inspired school. In 2006 the school moved to its current location in Iowa. In 1948, classes opened in the basement of First Federated Church with fifteen students and one teacher. In 1949, expansion to Grace Baptist Church became necessary due to a need for more space. In 1951, both campuses consolidated and the parents decided to purchase a full city block at 62nd and Franklin Avenue and erect a school building.

In September 1955, Des Moines Christian School opened its doors for the first time with 135 kindergarten through eighth grade students and seven teachers. In August 1980, Des Moines Christian School moved to the former Franklin Junior High School building located at 48th street and Franklin Avenue, where they rented it from First Federated Church, occupying part of the building. In September 1983, Des Moines Christian added a secondary school department, which included 9th through 12 grades. In 1987, Des Moines Christian School graduated twenty-nine students in its first senior high graduation ceremony. In January 1988, Des Moines Christian became accredited from the State of Iowa for grades 7-12 In September 1995, they received accreditation from the Association of Christian Schools International. In the fall of 2005, Des Moines Christian School moved out of the rented space at First Federated Church and into their own facility in Urbandale, a suburb on the west side of Des Moines. Starting in the 2017-18 school year, the school added a new addition, with a second gymnasium, new rooms for the vocal and instrumental music classes.

This year introduced the split of the Secondary section into the High School and Middle School - this overhaul brought sixth grade over to the Secondary area as a mix of the elementary and the middle school. This update moved most of the high school classrooms to the second floor and the middle school classes to the main floor; the 2018-19 school year brought a change to the high school schedule, importing a new "flexible schedule", which uses 30 "blocks" per day to create a five-day schedule. Classes consist of various amounts of blocks per day. Today, over 100 different churches are represented in the school's preschool through twelfth grade; the enrollment of Des Moines Christian School is over 700 students in grades K-12. In addition, over 200 children are enrolled in the preschool and daycare program; the School employs 90 full-time and part-time teaching and support staff. The Superintendent of Des Moines Christian School is Cade Lambert, he served as the High School principal, before moving to Minnesota.

He and his family moved back at the beginning of the 2016-17 year so he could serve as the superintendent. The High School Principal is Jahna Duda; the Middle School Principal is Rebecca Parks. Karla Lowe is the Elementary Principal; the school's mascot is the Lions. Des Moines Christian offers a wide variety of men’s and women’s varsity sports, including golf, football and show choir. School website Administration History

Danijel Sraka

Danijel Sraka is a Slovenian film director and producer. Sraka directed his first feature film, Friday Night, at age 22. In 2001, he established the first Slovenian stand-up comedy show, Nove zvezde komedije, his first collection of poems entitled Logos Via Ljubezen was published in 1995. Graduated with honors from Brooks Institute of Photography in 2007. Graduated from AFI Conservatory with MFA degree in Producing in 2009, he further polished his skills at TV production company Prospect Park and feature film production company Mace Neufeld Productions. Nowadays, Danijel pursues his dreams as producer and director at a production company Vindicated Dream, he is a producer and partner at Primo Pictures Entertainment, a multiplatform entertainment company. Primo Pictures Entertainment's current slate of projects include a lost-in-translation drama set in Beijing "Coffee & Tea," a coming of age dramedy "Pancake's Wedding," and a fantasy feature film Fearless Boy. Lives in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife, theater director and producer, Vesna Hocevar.

2009 - Balicanni, short film 2009 - Summer Camp, short film 2009 - Room 337, short film 2006 - Filming Jefferey, feature documentary 2005 - Anniversary, short film 2004 - Chasing the UFOs, short documentary film 2004 - Lost Souls, short film 2000 - Friday Night, feature film 1998 - Renaissance, short film 2011 - Coffee & Tea, feature film 2011 - Pancake's Wedding, feature film 2011 - Warriors, short film 2010/11 - The Dog and the Duck, feature documentary 2010 - Lost Girl, short film 2009 - Balicanni, short film 2009 - Summer Camp, short film 2009 - Echoes, short film 2008 - Coal For Cole, short film 2006 - Filming Jefferey, feature documentary 2000 - Friday Night, feature film 2009 - Balicanni, short film 2009 - Summer Camp, short film 2005 - Anniversary, short film 1998 - Renaissance, short film Danijel Sraka on IMDb