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HandsOn Suburban Chicago Receives Community Service Award from Community Consolidated School District 21

2017 August 25
by HandsOn Suburban Chicago

On August 2, at Community Consolidated School District 21’s (CCSD21) Family Learning Program’s Benefit Golf Outing, HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) was presented with a plaque “in recognition of many years of service to students and the Community Consolidated School District 21 Community.”

Jordan Friedman, HOSC Executive Director; Tom Gaynor, Steven Zielke, and Jennifer Brennan, HOSC Board Members; Jess Park, Director of School Programs; and Aaron Wasserman-Olin, Service Learning Coordinator accepted the recognition award.

HOSC has had a long history of serving students in CCSD21. Beginning in September 2010, CCSD21 and volunteer leaders from HOSC began the SAVE for Education consulting evaluation. Working with Gregg Crocker, the Director of Community Service Education, school administrators, principals, assistant principals, and student leaders, HOSC created an after school tutoring/mentoring program for middle school students. This program became known as “CHiL” which incorporates the names of the three middle schools: Cooper, Holmes and London, where the program is in place.

CHiL was designed to focus on keeping students in school and on track to finish high school. The after school program provides a healthy snack, time for the student to work with a volunteer tutor/mentor, and social/emotional support activities. CHiL volunteer tutors include high school students, community volunteers, and members of Senior Corps-RSVP, a Corporation for National and Community Service program sponsored by HOSC.

During the past school year 2016/2017, a total 156 individuals tutored 132 students providing students with 1146 hours of their time.

In addition to after school tutoring, HOSC’s School and Youth program developed Service Learning activities for CHIL students.  These included:

  • assembling anti-bullying bulletin board displays
  • making and donation of 240 scarves to Button & Zipper, a nonprofit that supplies winter clothing to those in need in Chicagoland
  • creating 225 holiday cards for residents of an assisted living facility in Wheeling and Meals on Wheels recipients
  • producing 320 inserts for the Wheeling Park District’s Earth Day event on how and where to recycle electronics, batteries, household hazardous chemicals
  • educating students about homelessness and having students assemble 100 summer essential kits during an afternoon of enrichment activity
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