58 Doing Good



To submit an item for the Service Spotlight, please email details to Community Relations Coordinator Megan Hewitt at mhewitt@dg58.org.


Service Spotlight 

District 58 teaches more than academics – teachers and staff also instill a sense of volunteerism and compassion in their students, recognizing the importance of instructing children to be good stewards at a young age. The District’s students and schools complete an impressive variety of charity fundraisers and volunteer work each year. Service projects benefit those in need on a local, regional, national and even global level!

58 Doing Good showcases some of these wonderful service projects for our community. This page also serves as a connector between organizations in need of help and classes/groups within District 58 who might be looking for a service project to complete.

As the 2016-17 school year begins, we look forward to sharing more stories with you, and we
hope you enjoy reading about the hard work and generosity of our students and staff in service of their community!

2016-17 school year:
O'Neill Cadettes spend their day off helping a good cause
Published: November 2016

O'Neill Middle School Cadette girl scouts kicked off their Thanksgiving break in the best way
possible -- by helping those in need. The girls volunteered their time packing boxes of food for Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit that provides food to children in need worldwide. Each volunteer packed enough food to feed one starving child for seven months! Thank you for your service, Cadettes!

Hillcrest says, "Donut Forget our Troops"
Published: November 2016
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The Hillcrest Service Club raised more than $1,600 during their recent Donut Forget our Troops fundraiser! This fundraiser invited Hillcrest classrooms to compete to see which could raise the most money for our troops. The winners – Ms. Flannery’s first graders and Ms. Cerny’s fifth graders – won full sized donuts for each student! Yum! The funding raised will provide toiletries, food and other comfort items to our troops through Operation Care Package.

El Sierra fifth graders volunteer at Feed My Starving Children
Published: November 2016
El Sierra fifth grade students recently packed meals at Feed My Starving Children. Collectively, the students packed 148 boxes containing 31,968 meals totaling $7,032.96. That's enough food to feed  88 children for a year. Way to go, El Sierra fifth graders! Thanks also to your awesome teachers, Mrs. Vivona and Mrs. Rohlfing. 

O'Neill's Connections class serves the community
 Published: November 2016
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Seventh grade Connections classes at O’Neill Middle School participated in two community service projects this year.  They made dog pull toys out of old t-shirts and donated them to the “4 PAWS 4 U 4 Ever,” a no-kill pup rescue.  The Connections classes also organized a school wide collection of items needed for the PADS shelters in Downers Grove. View more photos.

Herrick eighth grader helps Chicago's most violent neighborhoods 

Published: October 2016

abby Herrick eighth grader Abby Goodman is making the world a better place. It started when she joined a student-led march for peace in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago last April. She then attended a call for peace march with St. Sabina Church in June. Abby listened as mothers who lost their children to gun violence shared their stories. She observed as Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Sen. Dick Durbin and other community members spoke about how violence plagued Chicago’s inner city.

“During the marches I saw what other kids have to see when they walk to school,” Abby said. “I listened to kids explain the fear they have just walking to school or playing outside. This inspired me to do more, so I did.”

Through a family friend, Abby and her little sister, Penelope, began volunteering with The Healing Corner, a volunteer group that targets corners known for gun violence and provides free food, free hugs and help for those most at risk in the community. Her volunteerism brought her to some of the toughest parts of Chicago, where she has directly helped people in need.

“I have met the most wonderful people volunteering with The Healing Corner,” Abby said. “I'm blessed to not have to be afraid to play outside or walk to school and I don't think any else should either.” 

Herrick seventh grader commended for charity

Published: October 2016

gabriella16 This summer, Meatheads restaurant featured Herrick seventh grader Gabriella Frank as its Cowmunity Spotlight Nominee. As a first grader, Gabriella started a service organization, in partnership with Sandals Foundation, that collects and donates books to low-income schools in the Caribbean. Since then, Gabriella has donated more than 1,400 books and countless school supplies.

In addition, Gabriella has collected travel size toiletries and created over 200 toiletry bags for the homeless shelters in the Downers Grove area. Gabriella noted that homeless citizens usually only have a backpack or small bag to carry their belongings, and she coordinated efforts to provide these personal hygiene items.