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 2015-16 school year begins, we look forward to sharing more stories with you, and we
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Thank you, Knights of Columbus and PTAs for coat donations!
Published: Nov. 19, 2015:
District 58 sincerely thanks the Knights of Columbus Bishop James E. Fitzgerald Council 14649 as well as the Lester, Pierce Downer and Whittier PTAs for their generous coat and winter wear donations.
The Knights of Columbus donated 46 new winter coats, and the PTAs donated a variety of winter coats and winter wear (hats, gloves, snowsuits, etc.) Thanks to their generosity, families struggling to make ends meet can ensure their children are dressed warmly for the approaching winter weather.
Is your child's school, PTA, scouts troop, etc., holding a holiday-themed charitable event this November or December? Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org for possible inclusion on the District's "58 Doing Good" Web page.
Want to help District 58 families in need this holiday season? District 58 will again partner with the Downers Grove Roadrunners Soccer Club this holiday season for an "Adopt a Student" program. Anyone is welcome to "adopt" a District 58 student or family, and purchase holiday gifts for that student. More information will be posted on the Downers Grove Roadrunners Soccer Club website soon. Thank you!
Downers Grove police donate two bikes to Bloom's Angels
Published: Nov. 19, 2015:
The Downers Grove police donated two gently-used bicycles to Bloom's Angels, an organization that supports Herrick families in need. These bicycles will be given as Christmas gifts to two Herrick students who do not own their own bike. Thank you, Downers Grove police!
District 58 schools donate more than 1,100 pounds of candy to U.S. military
Published: Nov. 6, 2015:
Herrick, O'Neill, Pierce Downer, Henry Puffer and Whittier collected leftover Halloween candy to donate to U.S. troops overseas. Together, the schools collected and shipped more than 1,100 pounds of candy! Thanks for your donation!Whittier and Hillcrest add service to One Book One School
Published: Nov. 4, 2015
The Whittier and Hillcrest communities recently wrapped up successful One Book One School programs by hosting service events that exemplify the themes in their school’s book.
Whittier School jointly read “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio, a book that could be understood and appreciated by children in grades K-6. The book’s themes involved kindness, empathy and understanding. Whittier culminated reading “Wonder” together by hosting its first ever Kindness-Palooza on Nov. 2 at Whittier. Families were invited to bring donations, make Kindness Keychains and write letters to deployed servicemen through Operation Gratitude.
“The event was well-attended, and many donations were made to Ronald McDonald House, Bernie's Book Bank, Night Ministry, World Relief and West Suburban Humane Society,” said Whittier LRC Teacher Kelly Coleman.
In conjunction with the event, the Whittier Student Council also hosted a school food drive to support FISH Food Pantry.Meanwhile, Hillcrest School jointly read “Crenshaw” by Katherine Applegate, a book that explores poverty and hunger in ways that children can understand. Hillcrest’s youngest students read picture books that cover similar topics at their comprehension level. Hillcrest capped off the program with a school-wide food drive to support FISH Food Pantry.
View a photo gallery from Whittier's Kindness-Palooza.
Kingsley fifth grade girl scouts volunteer at food bank
Published: Sept. 14, 2015
This summer, Kingsley fifth grade girl scouts (Troop 51739) volunteered an afternoon at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. They, along with other volunteers, helped sort apples into 5-pound bags to be distributed to the food bank’s network of 800 partner feeding programs.
In all, the girl scouts and the other volunteers packed 8,555 pounds of food, which will help provide 7,129 meals to hungry neighbors in northern Illinois.
“They worked diligently at their task and had fun as well! They received many compliments on how well they worked together,” said Troop Co-Leader Angie Kelly.
This is not the first time these girl scouts have volunteered at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. In fact, after they volunteered this past spring, they immediately requested to sign up to volunteer there again during the summer.
Henry Puffer sixth grader donates 1,000th book to help low-income families in the Caribbean
Published: Sept. 9, 2015
During summer break, Gabriella Frank, a Henry Puffer sixth grader, delivered school supplies and books as part of her ongoing project to benefit low-income schools in the Caribbean. Gabriella donated her 1,000th book on this recent trip. She has also delivered more than 1,000 school supply items, including pens, pencils, crayons, markers, notebooks and folders.
Gabriella first started collecting books and school supplies five years ago, when she was in first grade. She has won the Kohls' Kids Who Care scholarship contest several times and has been featured in this 58 Doing Good column each year for her service contributions.
Thank you for your remarkable generosity, Gabriella!
Hillcrest all-inclusive playground fundraiser featured in Chicago Parent
Published: Aug. 21, 2015
Hillcrest's Dream.Build.Play Experience fundraiser to build a new all-inclusive playground has raised $23,000 and was featured in the summer issue of Chicago Parent magazine! Read the story here.
Hillcrest parent Peg Chaidez is leading the crowdfunding effort. Once built, the all-inclusive playground will be the first of its kind in DuPage County, providing recreation for all children, those with and without disabilities.
The Dream.Build.Play Experience still seeks donations to make the playground a reality. Please consider donating at http://dbpexperience.com/donate/.