New Year *Resolution*
It's a new year and OAV students and teachers are back with new determination, hard at work on their community projects. As for we, the people, one resolution we probably all have in common, stated or not, is to make our country a better place in 2019 and beyond.
Make this more than wishful thinking. Check out what OAV kids have been up to in Arcola, Berwyn, Chicago, Danville, Downer's Grove, Forest Park, Mattoon, Melrose Park, Peoria, Springfield, Wadsworth, and Waukegan to see why OAV is a leader in action civics, with more than a decade of experience and hundreds of student initiatives successfully completed, and consider adding your tax-deductible support... PS Click here to make the Barat Education Foundation your Amazon charity...
Our American Voice® is heard across Illinois
From Wadsworth to Mattoon, from Danville to Peoria, from urban Chicago to rural Arcola, with suburban Berwyn in between, 26 schools from all over the state are participating in the 2017-18 program, with more being added. Through the Our American Voice website, participating teachers and students are able to get the latest curricula, share their projects, brainstorm with each other, get advice and support from OAV staff, and more…
Please consider supporting the expansion of this unique program that’s bringing hope and civility to our youngest citizens, our future. No donation is too small.
A few of the many ways OAV students have contributed to their communities include:
- Raising money to make playgrounds universally accessible
- Installing filters in their school water fountains
- Cleaning and beautifying community cemeteries
- Purchasing handicap ramps for their school’s library stage
- Creating safety programs for their school
- Starting recycling programs in their communities
- Setting up free libraries for students in lower grades
- Implementing tutoring programs
The schools participating in the 2018-2019 OUR AMERICAN VOICE® program making a difference in their communities include:
Arcola Junior High School in Arcola; Emerson, Hiawatha, Irving, Komensky, Pershing, and Piper Elementary Schools, Freedom and Heritage Middle Schools in Berwyn; Ella Flagg Young, Robert Healy, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Jonathan Y Scammon Elementary Schools, Providence Englewood Charter School, and Marine Leadership Academies in Chicago; Oakwood Junior High School in Danville; Lester Elementary School in Downers Grove; Forest Park Middle School in Forest Park; Riddle Elementary School and Mattoon Middle School in Mattoon; Scott Elementary School in Melrose Park; Harrison Community Learning Center, Roosevelt Magnet, and Trewyn K-6 School in Peoria, Dubois and Fairview Elementary Schools in Springfield, Prairie Trail School in Wadsworth; and Clearview Elementary School in Waukegan.
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"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”