Published September 4, 2008
Robert Crown for next year
Let’s face it —
people sometimes giggle a bit when you mention the
Robert Crown Center for Health Education.
It’s the place where kids get “the talk,” and perhaps the giggle is
a way for parents to express their relief that they
don’t have to teach their children about the birds and
the bees on their own. Professional help is just up the
The Robert Crown Center does so much more than just teach kids
about the facts of life, though. The 5 million
schoolchildren who have participated in its programs
over the past five decades have learned all about
maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Preventing substance
abuse, improving self-image, maintaining a healthy diet
and addressing teen depression are among the topics
center staff teach.
The center’s mission is to provide timely, innovative and visually
stimulating health education to motivate youth to lead
healthy, happy and safe lives. They start while kids are
young — by teaching preschoolers how to develop healthy
habits — and work with them through high school,
ultimately teaching them how to stay drug-free.
And yet, Robert Crown remains a bit of a hidden jewel here in
Hinsdale. That’s why The Hinsdalean has selected the
center for its 2008-09 Making a Difference Partnership.
And the timing couldn’t be better, as the center is celebrating its
50th anniversary this year.
We know there will be plenty to write about over the next 12
months. The center’s history is a fascinating story that
features the support of some generous Hinsdaleans. We’ll
tell you more about Valeda, the life-size talking
invisible woman, and the makeover she’s getting for her
We’ll talk to experts who can share some insight on the various
topics they teach, and we’ll let you know about the many
volunteers who help the center serve 140,000 boys and
girls from 600 schools each year.
We’ll also fill you in on the center’s efforts to reach students
where they live, such as in North Lawndale and Aurora.
Finally, we’ll find out what the educators at Robert
Crown think they will be teaching our children in the
next 50 years.
We invite you to join us this year and learn more about why the
Robert Crown Center for Health Education is one of the
agencies in Hinsdale that is making a difference.
— Making a difference is a yearlong
partnership between The Hinsdalean
and the Robert Crown Center for Health Education, which
works to teach
and motivate youth to lead healthy, happy and safe