Below are the schools currently participating in the program, along with their most recent major projects.  We can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with next!

 

Arcola, IL

 

Arcola Junior High

2017-18: Honored senior citizens for their positive contribution to the community and school, held a “Senior Prom” dance.

 

 

 

Berwyn, IL

 

Emerson Elementary

2017-18: Undertook a clean drinking water project that included installing a water filtration fountain and reusable bottle filler in the school gym.

 

 

Hiawatha Elementary

2017-18: Designed and implemented the election of Hiawatha’s first student council.

 

 

Irving Elementary

2017-18: Focused initiatives on improving school safety; installed a new, wider fence gate to the playground to better insure safe entrance and exit, especially for fire drills and other emergencies.

 

Komensky Elementary

2017-18: Worked to improve climate change awareness via a number of projects, including school murals and other artwork, the painting of a ‘green screen’ tech wall.

 

Pershing Elementary

2017-18: Organized a school and community celebration of Illinois’ 200th birthday, created an Illinois Museum and Civics Education Learning Center.

 

 

Piper Elementary

2017-18: Worked to foster charitable connections in the school community, sponsoring a “Charity of the Month” and other activities to raise donations.

 

 

Freedom Middle

2017-18: Conducted a year-long campaign to beautify Berwyn, including an art project for the underpass near the school, an art in the community program, park restoration, collaboration with the YMCA, and more.

 

Heritage Middle

2017-18: Developed a homeless assistance program,  featuring the creation of essential items needs bags to be delivered to area homeless.

 

 

Chicago, IL

 

Ella Flagg Young Elementary

2017-18: Created and implemented a schoolwide anti-bullying program.

 

 

Healy Elementary

2017-18: Focused on improving the integration of new students, conducting a fundraiser to purchase and decorate a “welcoming bench” to help students make new friends, as well as initiating a school-wide “kindness week.” 

 

Providence Englewood Charter School

2017-18: Researched and raised money to purchase the school’s first hallway lockers for students.

 

 

Jonathan Y Scammon Elementary

2018-19 is Scammon’s first year in the program–welcome!

 

 

Marine Leadership Academy

2018-19 is Marine’s first year in the program–welcome!

 

 

Danville, IL

 

Oakwood Junior High

2017-18: Developed and implemented a “trash busters” Kickapoo State Park cleanup and environmental responsibility campaign.

 

 

Downers Grove, IL

 

Lester Elementary

2017-18: Created “mix-it-up days,” a lottery-based engagement providing opportunities for students to connect with new members of other classes and grades.

 

 

Forest Park, IL

 

Forest Park Middle

2017-18: Implemented a beautification program for the Forest Park footbridge.

 

 

Mattoon, IL

 

Riddle Elementary

2017-18: Created and conducted a hurricane disaster aid and food drive.

 

 

Mattoon Middle

2017-18: Initiated a 7thGrade “buddies for social emotional learning” initiative, designed and implemented team-building and exercise breaks for 6th grafe students, with lessons on positive behavior.

 

 

Melrose Park, IL

 

Scott Elementary

2017-18: Honored the unsung heroes in their school and community for all they do to serve the students and residents.

 

 

Peoria, IL

 

Harrison Community Learning Center

2018-19: This is Harrison’s first year in the program–welcome!

 

 

Roosevelt Magnet

2018-19: This is Roosevelt’s first year in the program–welcome!

 

 

Trewyn K-6

2017-18: Undertook a beautification program for the school’s new grounds.

 

 

Springfield, IL

 

Dubois Elementary

2017-18: Designed and implemented team-building activities that enhance student relationships and reward positive behavior.

 

 

Fairview Elementary

2017-18: Created a homeless assistance program developing connections between the school and local homeless shelter, conducted “movie night” fundraisers for the purchase of needed items. 

 

 

Wadsworth, IL

 

Prairie Trail Elementary

2017-18: Developed and implemented an “environmental awareness education day,” involving significant local area cleanup.

 

 

 

Waukegan, IL

 

Clearview Elementary

2017-18: Designed and painted inspirational murals in the school hallways to instill school pride and positive behavior.

 

 

Cristo Rey St. Martin High

2017-18: Focused on environmental improvement and education by bringing useful plant life into their new school building, educating fellow students on the positive effects of indoor plants on air quality.