Science Academy of Chicago Gives Back
As the holiday season approaches, the students at the local private school are giving back to those in need in more ways than one.
"The school is hosting a food drive to raise awareness of those who cannot afford food for themselves and their families, especially during the holiday season," said Jessica Renko, a 2nd grade teacher. "The food drive is a small eye-opener for the children to realize that having food is a privilege that, unfortunately, not all people have. The students take pride in the act of collecting this food and putting others before themselves."
In addition to donating non-perishable food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Village of Mount Prospect Food Drive, the students also reflected on how they feel about donating food.
"I feel good about the food drive because we are bringing foods for the people that don't have food," wrote Mervenur Aktan, who is in 2nd grade.
The school will also host a service themed family fun night on the first Friday of December.
"For our Family Fun Night, we are having a night dedicated to giving back to our community and helping to make a difference in the lives of others, " said Amy Levine, 1st grade teacher. "We will have several stations with hands-on activities where we will be making cards, blankets, and pillows to donate to charities and people in need of a smile."
With a generous donation from Walmart, students and their families will be crafting items that will be donated to Cards for Hospitalized Kids, Project Linus, Partners in Health and Color a Smile.
"This event will teach our students the importance of giving back to others and sharing with those less fortunate," said Levine.
Earlier this week, 8th grade students went on a field trip as a part of their character education class to pack lunches for a nonprofit organization called Feed My Starving Children. The mission of the organization is to feed children hungry in body and spirit. The packed lunches will be distributed around the world to support orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty.
“It is a really cool way for us to give back,” said Safa Mohammed, a 8th grader.
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