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Morton Gingerwood Elementary
16936 Forest Ave, Oak Forest, IL 60452

Morton Gingerwood Elementary houses the first- and second-grade students of Arbor Park District 145. Thirty facultyMore members help educate and manage the 308 students.

The students are split among five first-grade classes and six second-grade classes. The Morton Gingerwood Owls are educated with the mission of "educational excellence with kindness." Under the guidance and leadership of Principal Jane Kinshaw, the school aims to build a basic foundation for the intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth of students, according to its website.

Don Burns Park
16900 Forest Ave, Oak Forest, IL 60452

Residents can stop by this neighborhood park, located next to Morton Gingerwood School, to enjoy one of two tennisMore courts, a basketball court or flag football field. Home to the Oak Forest Park District Girls' Softball Association, four softball fields are also available.

Visitors can enjoy a snack from the concession stand in the picnic area. Younger park guests can take advantage of the full playground, complete with tot lot.

The park was named after Don Burns, one of the park district's original commissioners.

Arbor Park School District 145
17303 Central Ave., Oak Forest, IL 60452

Arbor Park School District 145 is comprised of Kimberley Heights School (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten), MortonMore Gingerwood Elementary (grades 1 and 2), Scarlet Oak (grades 3 and 4) and Arbor Park Middle School. The 1,439 students enrolled are led by 71 faculty district-wide.

Superintendent Allen Jebens, Jr. leads the District's Board of Education in government.

A district-wide parent teacher organization sponsors is made up of volunteer teachers, parents and admininstrators. The group provides additional funding for the district, along with special events like Santa's Secret Shop, Market Days, the Art Fair, the Fun Fair, the eighth grade graduation dance and art and college scholarships. 

For more information on the district, its schools, the PTO or community, visit District 145's website.