OAV Summit IX is upon us, in Springfield…

Students and teachers from all around the state of Illinois will be descending on Springfield Tuesday, May 2, for the ninth Our American Voice Summit.

Participating schools and students will be touring the capitol, sitting in on a legislative session, meeting with their state senators and representatives, and sharing updates on the projects they’ve undertaken in their communities.

A small sample of what this year’s OAV cohort has been up to:

  • Students at Heritage Middle School in Berwyn are conducting voter registration drives to raise low turnout in their community.
  • Oakwood junior high-schoolers have been working with local veteran’s groups on Veteran’s Day events as well as cleaning, maintaining, and beautifying the grave sites of servicemen and women on an ongoing basis.
  • At Berwyn’s Freedom Middle School, OAVers are working to make a local viaduct safer and more aesthetically pleasing by teaming up with the Public Works department on clean-up and creation of new artwork for the space.
  • Piper Elementary School in Chicago has been creating tie blankets for all child patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital.
  • Students at Hester Junior High in Franklin Park are raising funds to get filtered drinking fountains in their school.
  • Pershing School in Berwyn is building on the reading garden they developed as part of last year’s OAV program, creating a small free library and QR code-based signage as natural complements.
  • Rock Island Academy middle-schoolers are creating public service announcement videos designed to improve behavior and climate in their institution.  Littlejohn Elementary’s OAV in DeKalb is creating videos too, to help students deal with a recent school re-zoning.
  • Waukegan’s Cristo Rey St. Martin is working with the city and local historical society to beautify a local bridge with murals and a mini-museum honoring individuals who have made major contributions to the community.
  • Emerson Elementary has made recess safety their cause, and is developing a school-wide safety patrol in collaboration with their PTA and the Berwyn Police Department.
  • And more…

In all, 194 students from sixteen schools will be attending the Summit, and other OAV schools will be able to participate remotely via social media: #OAV17





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