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Bolingbrook resident part of F.A.N.S.S.

4/5/2016, 10:47 p.m.
Norman Brown is proud of Bolingbrook High School. That’s why the retired Supervisor Investigator for the U.S. Food and Drug ...
Norman Brown gives a fist bump to a Bolingbrook High School student during his volunteer stint as a member of the F.A.N.S.S program.

Bolingbrook resident part of F.A.N.S.S.

Norman Brown is proud of Bolingbrook High School.

That’s why the retired Supervisor Investigator for the U.S. Food and

Drug Administration joined the VVSD F.A.N.S.S (Friends and Neighbors

Supporting Students) program nearly two years ago.

“I come here to see all the smiling young faces,” said Brown. “When I

hear how well a kid is doing in school that makes me feel good. It

makes me feel young.”

The 27-year Bolingbrook resident can be found with his F.A.N.S.S. vest on

in the BHS cafeteria every Wednesday from 11:30 to 1 talking with

students.

“Most of the kids probably know me as the guy who asks them how their day is going

and how they’re doing in class,” he said. “Those who tell me they’re getting A’s and

B’s, I give them a fist bump to encourage continued academic excellence.”

But Brown takes it one step further. He hands out free advice.

“One thing I try to explain to them is that their competition isn’t their

classmates. It’s not even the area. It’s not national. It’s global,” he said. “They

need to be prepared to compete on the world stage. If you have the skills, knowledge

and abilities, you can be successful anywhere in the world.”

Helping VVSD is nothing new to Brown who is the former chairperson for

the DuPage Township Democratic Party and current DuPage Township

Precinct 6 Democratic Committeeman. A few years ago he served on a

district committee exploring suspension/expulsion rates and

alternatives to suspension.

Plus, he has a vested interest in the high school thanks to his five

grandchildren, four of whom have already graduated from BHS, while one is

a senior now. And he has a great-grandson at Brooks Middle School.

“I want people to move to Bolingbrook just to attend this school,” he

said. “I just felt I needed to get involved in F.A.N.S.S. because our kids

are our future.”

VVSD is hoping to expand the F.A.N.S.S. program. Interested community members can

receive more information by contacting F.A.N.S.S. coordinator Diane Parro at

DParro@comcast.netDParro@comcast.net.