Collecting canned goods for the local food pantry. Donating hats, mittens, coats and other items of warm clothing to families in need. Collecting pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House. Jumping Rope for Heart to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Writing letters to Santa to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation. Making blankets for Caring Connections.
Throughout the school year, District 58 students and staff participate in a wide variety of service projects to benefit organizations and individuals in our community and around the world. These projects not only make a big difference for those who receive the items and donations, they also cultivate a spirit of giving, civic responsibility, generosity and compassion in the next generation of leaders.58 Doing Good was created to showcase for our community the wonderful service projects completed by District 58’s students, staff and schools, and to serve 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.
We hope you enjoy reading about the hard work and generosity of our students and staff in service of their community, which will be featured in our Service Spotlight. Look for the leaf icon for opportunities to get involved or contribute to a cause or organization being supported by our students!
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We Need Help
Community organizations located in and around Downers Grove Grade School District 58 who are looking for a helping hand can e-mail contact information and details to District 58 Communications Coordinator Jennie Waldorf at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include We Need Help in the subject heading.
We Want to Help
District 58 classes and clubs seeking a service project idea can e-mail Communications Coordinator Jennifer Waldorf at email@example.com.
Herrick, Whittier students play 'Santa' for Toys for Tots
Students from Herrick Middle School, along with several members of Whittier School's second-grade Brownie troop, played Secret Santa for a DuPage County Toys for Tots event November 22 at Toys R Us on Butterfield Road.
Kids know what kids like, and the students made the gift-buying decisions for Toys for Tots. After Toys for Tots made the purchases, the students helped load the toys onto a trailer and bring them to the Toys for Tots warehouse in Lombard. Once they were unloaded, they were sorted and ready to be distributed to the neediest children in DuPage County. In 2012, DuPage County's Toys for Tots distributed 51,434 toys to the neediest children in DuPage and Kane County, and the goal this year is to exceed those numbers.
"On November 22, District 58 students helped add a few extra smiles. It just proves you are never too young to make a difference in someone's life!" wrote Matt and Sharon Passero, the parents of two of the participants.
O'Neill Silver Cluster meets 179 percent of food drive goal
Throughout the month of November, the seventh grade Silver Cluster students at O'Neill Middle School participated in a food drive to benefit families in District 58. Using the school report card, students calculated the exact number of cans they needed to collect so that every low-income household in the district would be the recipient of a food item. Once the math calculations were done, students set out to reach a goal of donating 465 cans of food. At first the task seemed a bit daunting, but not surprisingly, Silver Cluster students met the challenge put before them. They worked hard to advertise and collect items for the Downers Grove FISH food pantry. The day before Thanksgiving break, the students worked together to count the total number of items they collected. The final count was 833 donated food items. Using the figure for total number of items collected, the students calculated that they met 179 percent of their food drive goal. As a celebration for achieving their goal and for reflecting on all that they were thankful for, the students and Silver Cluster staff participated in a Thanksgiving Hobble Gobble. There was much enthusiasm and spirit as students and staff walked, jogged, and ran around the neighborhood surrounding O'Neill. The Hobble Gobble Tuesday was a perfect start to the holiday break!
Lester student council raising funds for typhoon victims
The Lester School student council is sponsoring a fundraiser to assist with life-saving efforts in the Philippines following Super Typhoon Haiyan. On Wednesday, Nov. 20, Lester School will sponsor a Hat Day. Students are encouraged to wear a hat of their choice. In exchange for this privilege, students will be asked to donate $1 to the recovery efforts. During the week of Nov. 18-22, teachers can buy the privilege of wearing jeans for $1 per day. 100% of donations will be donated to support UNICEF's emergency response in the Philippines.
Kingsley raises funds for Heavenly Hats
The Kingsley School student council recently raised $825 for Heavenly Hats, which donates new hats to cancer patients! Students donated a dollar a day to wear a hat, and Friday's theme was Crazy Hat Day. The winner in each class got their picture taken with Principal Mark Stange, as well as a small prize. The student council officers also led an all-school "hat parade"! Heavenly Hats was started 13 years ago by a 12-year-old in Wisconsin. To date the organization has donated nearly two million hats, with all of the packaging and shipping done completely by volunteers.
Belle Aire student council sponsoring Hats for the Philippines, Penny Harvest
On Friday, November 15, the Belle Aire School student council will be sponsoring a "hat day," in which students can donate $1 to wear a favorite hat in school for the day. All proceeds will be sent to the American Red Cross to benefit victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines.
The Belle Aire student council also will be hosting a penny harvest again this year to benefit needy families in the area. The week of November 18, student council members will bring the "harvest wagon" to Belle Aire classrooms each day so students can put in their spare change.
Henry Puffer students working together to 'stick' teacher to wall
Students at Henry Puffer School are working together to stick kindergarten teacher Carolyn Murphy to the wall! During lunch from November 4 to November 7, they will have the opportunity to buy pieces of duct tape, and on November 8, the students will be given their tape to place on Mrs. Murphy so that she sticks to the wall! The cost is $1 for one piece of tape or $5 for six pieces, and all proceeds will go toward buying gift cards to accompany Thanksgiving baskets for local families.
Fairmount student council holds pumpkin weight estimation contest to raise funds
The Fairmount School student council hosted a pumpkin weight estimation contest October 29. Each guess was 25 cents, or five guesses for $1, with the money raised going to help children.
Puffer fourth grader named Kohl's Kids Who Care winner in recognition of donation projects
Henry Puffer fourth grader Gabriella Frank was named the Kohl's Kids Who Care store winner for
the Downers Grove location for 2013. Gabriella collected and donated over 120 books, 120 pencils, and 100 boxes of crayons to a low-income early childhood school in Jamaica. She is collecting more books for a future trip to the school, and is accepting donations of gently used softcover books at her school.
In recognition of her 10th year, Gabriella also is working on a project where she has been donating 100 items each month to various charities. The charities have included the Jamaica school, Sharing Connections, West Suburban Humane Society, and other local programs.
Pierce Downer students collecting toys and books for Noah's Hope
Second-grade students at Pierce Downer are collecting gently used toys and books to raise money for Noah's Hope, founded by the family of two Downers Grove children who are battling LINCL-Batten disease. The Second Chance Toy Sale will take place at 4745 Seeley Ave. on Saturday, October 19, from 9 a.m. until noon. All money raised will go directly to the Batten Child Population Collection, a new initiative to collect data from all children and families affected by Batten Disease. For more information about Noah's Hope, visit www.noahshope.com. If you are interested in donating toys or books, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herrick orchestra concert raises funds for Oklahoma tornado victims
Twenty members of the orchestra from Herrick Middle School played outside of the Jewel in Downers Grove the afternoon of June 1, raising $637.85 to donate to the American Red Cross to benefit victims of the Oklahoma tornado! It was a blustery day, so the students improvised and used clothespins to keep their music from blowing into the street. They played their final piece, "Skyfall," just as it began to rain.
O'Neill car wash raises funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The O'Neill Middle School student council hosted a car wash May 18 at District 58's Administrative Service Center, which raised $459 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society of Illinois!
Kingsley all-school walk benefits JDRF
Kingsley School recently hosted an all-school walk to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Each class walked a certain number of laps around the building based on their grade level, with sixth graders completing six full laps -- a total of 2.2 miles. The event ended up raising approximately $1,900!
Belle Aire sixth-grader chosen for Avon Walk Youth Crew
Belle Aire sixth grade student Madalyn Quitter got the experience of a lifetime June 1-2, when she was one of just 16 children to serve on the Youth Crew for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Madalyn was inspired to participate by a close friend of the family, whom they call Auntie Donna. She was diagnosed with breast cancer that has since metastasized to her brain.
Madalyn was chosen for the Youth Crew based on an essay she submitted about how breast cancer has impacted her life, how much she loves encouraging and uplifting others, and what she hoped to gain from participating.
“Seeing my aunt fight breast cancer has made this disease more real for me now, and I want to help find a cure for it by supporting the people who walk,” Madalyn wrote. “I love to help and cheer people on. I always tell my friends at school to never give up, along with my friends at figure skating, and now I want to cheer on more people. ... No matter when, where and what is going on, you will always see me smiling. Enthusiasm is my middle name!”
Madalyn’s duties included arriving a day prior to the walk to help set up the Wellness Village; serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and water to the walkers; and motivating them as they completed their journey. Other members of the family are supporting Auntie Donna, as well. Madalyn’s brother Lucas Beechler, a first grade student at Belle Aire, raised nearly $400 and subsequently shaved his head in March for breast cancer awareness, and Auntie Donna made the first swipe. Kim Quitter also participated in the Avon Walk in support of their friend.
O’Neill raises funds for genocide awareness
O'Neill eighth graders recently did their part to raise awareness of past and present genocides during their annual fundraising campaign, “Got Awareness.”Over the past four years, O’Neill students have raised more than $13,500.
bd’s Mongolian Grill at the Bolingbrook Promenade donated $3 for every person who came in May 9, and said they were there for the guest grillers--O’Neill staff. On May 16, Home Run Inn Pizza at 75th Street and Lemont Road donated 20 percent of the bill for every dine-in or carryout customer who turned in the event flyer.
The students also sold wristbands and gift basket raffle tickets during all lunch periods the week of May 6 to raise awareness about genocides throughout the world and raise funds for the various charities. This year’s fundraisers will benefit the Solar Cooker Project, which provides solar cookers to women in refugee camps; and the Sudanese Community Center, which assists Sudanese living in the Chicago area area to acclimate to America by helping them find day care, adult education, job training, transportation, and English as a Second Language courses.
Fairmount all-school packing event at Feed My Starving Children a huge success
"These funds, along with the outstanding participation of Fairmount families and staff at the food packing event, enabled us to provide one year's worth of meals for 63 children in dire need," said Fairmount Principal Tony Coglianese. "This project gave us an opportunity to learn more about the world and that there are people in need of assistance in meeting their daily basic needs of food clothing and shelter. The students and adults that were able to work at the packing event realized the 'good feeling' of doing work that benefits others much less fortunate than themselves."
Visit our Presentations and Videos page to view a video preview of the event, created by the student council!
Henry Puffer student council hosts walk/run for Gigi's Playhouse
“This event was held to show support for students and families within the Puffer community, and all District 58 students, parents and community members were invited to participate in this event,” said student council co-sponsor Katie Hurckes.
Preschool through second grade students made one lap around the school property (a little less than one mile), third through sixth grade students made two laps, and those older than sixth grade made three laps.
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