Welcome to the Glencoe Junior High Project (GJHP)!

The Glencoe Junior High Project (GJHP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides opportunities for middle school students who reside in Glencoe to engage with the community for the purpose of fostering socially aware, civic-minded and community-oriented individuals. Our four primary program areas are civic engagement, performing arts, social activities, and the Oasis drop-in center. Click here to read more…

Central School Trip to Bernie’s

Join GJHP and Central School Service Club for our trip to

Bernie’s Book Bank

Tuesday, March 20th


All 5th – 8th Graders

Located in Lake Forest, Bernie’s Book Bank collects new and gently used children’s books and redistributes them to at-risk children throughout the Chicagoland area. Your child will sort, sticker, and bag books for redistribution.

Students should meet in the OASIS directly after school for a light snack. We will leave for Bernie’s at 3:35pm and volunteer from 4pm-5:30pm. This trip is a collaboration with Central School’s Service Club. All students will be transported to and from Bernie’s Book Bank on a bus. GJHP Staff and Service Club Coordinators will be chaperoning this trip.

Tuesday, March 20th  – Register Here

The two weeks prior to our All School Trip to Bernie’s we will be holding a book drive. Please consider donating some new or gently used books for us to bring on our trip on March 20th. 

SNAP Dinner – March 6th

Please join Glencoe Junior High Project to make Dinner for SNAP

Tuesday, March 6th




This project is offered to 7th-8th graders. We will be making dinner for the SNAP participants in the Oasis from 4:30pm-5:45pm. At 5:45pm we will walk the food we prepared over to GYS, where the SNAP program is held. We will then stay at GYS and have dinner with the SNAP Participants. The SNAP program runs from 6-9pm. To learn more about SNAP please click here

6th Grade Social!

GJHP would like to invite all 6th grade students to the annual Sixth Grade Social!

Friday, March 9th 

Central School Small Gym
 $15 online/$20 at the door 


What is the 6th Grade Social?

The Sixth Grade Social is a social event for all Glencoe Sixth Graders.  It is held in the small gym at Central School and is sponsored by the GJHP (Glencoe Junior High Project).  Our Youth Directors and volunteer board members will be there to chaperone the event and make sure the night is filled with fun.  This year FAMOS! DJ Entertainment will be there to keep the music playing and familiarizing the kids with some of the traditional activities they will encounter next year at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.  Drinks and treats will be provided.

What is the attire for the social?

The attire for the social varies by what the individual is comfortable wearing.  Our goal is for everyone to have fun and be comfortable.  Many of the girls dress in nice dresses, however, nice pants or other outfits are completely acceptable.  Some girls wear heels, others choose comfort and wear flats or even Converse.  It is up to the individual.  Most of the boys wear khakis or dress pants and a dress shirt.  Some of the boys choose to wear ties or even jackets.  That is completely dependent upon the comfort of the individual.

Is this a couples dance?

This is not a couples dance but rather a social gathering for all Glencoe Sixth Grade Students.  Often groups of students arrive together, but EVERYONE is welcome.
 Registration will be available in the fall of 2017 for the 2018 6th Grade Social! 
Questions? Please contact Audra Donnelly at audra@gjhp.org

Tribune Local features “SHREK The Musical!”

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Just in time for opening night, the Chicago Tribune Local runs a feature on the Glencoe Junior High Project’s production of SHREK: THE MUSICAL:

Shrek the Musical” opens Thursday, Feb. 5, at Glencoe Central School and audiences can thank the Glencoe Junior High Project, which presents the annual show.

Adam Busch of Deerfield directs 47 actors and 21 crew members featuring Glencoe sixth- through eighth-graders in a fairy tale production based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film.

“Everybody has been working really hard the last couple of months,” Busch said. “It’s about fairy tale characters and learning to accept who you are and loving that.”

“Shrek the Musical supports the philosophy of our SEL curriculum, which is social emotional learning,” said Stacy Pritsker, a parent and show producer. “The Glencoe Junior High Project is based on that exact same premise, be who you are, find your inner self, embrace your differences and be self confident.”

Click here to read more and view full gallery…

LUCKY STIFF cast featured in a full-length article in the Glencoe News

Sun Times reporter, Karie Angell Luc, does a great job capturing some of the wackiness of the GJHP’s production of LUCKY STIFF. Among the highlights:

Gabe Klewin, 12, a sixth-grader plays the cool and cold body of Tony Hendon, did emerge from his wheelchair during a song.

So Gabe, do you have a speaking part?

The deceased Tony shook his head no. So much for lively conversation, but that didn’t stop [Director Adam] Busch from speaking.

“Come see ‘Lucky Stiff’ at Misner Auditorium this coming Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday!,” Busch said. “These guys and the rest of the cast have worked their butt off to do an amazing, high quality show, sure to entertain and make you laugh.”

Read the complete article here: here.

Sun Times website features video of the cast of LUCKY STIFF!

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by last Wednesday’s dress rehearsal of LUCKY STIFF to talk to Director Adam Busch and some of the 8th graders who are participating in their third (and final) GJHP musical.

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