Check out what the OAV kids have been up to. Click the links to visit the OAV Facebook page and learn how the students showcased their projects. Then consider helping to bring this program to more schools and communities.

Arcola, IL

Arcola Junior High

2019: Sunshine clean up and recycling projects

2018: Honored senior citizens for their positive contribution to the community and school, held a “Senior Prom” dance.

Berwyn, IL

Emerson Elementary

2019: Classroom safety: providing door window covers

2018: Undertook a clean drinking water project that included installing a water filtration fountain and reusable bottle filler in the school gym.

Hiawatha Elementary

2019: Projects – Book drive / Homeless and hungry / Trash cans / Crossing guards

2018: Designed and implemented the election of Hiawatha’s first student council.

Irving Elementary

2019: Spreading positivity through motivational school murals

2018: 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

2018: Worked to improve climate change awareness via a number of projects, including school murals and the painting of a ‘green screen’ tech wall.


Pershing Elementary

2019: Junior-Senior Citizens Club

2018: Organized a school and community celebration of Illinois’ 200th birthday, created an Illinois Museum and Civics Education Learning Center.

Piper Elementary

2019: Equality Climbing Wall

2018: Worked to foster charitable connections in the school community, sponsoring a “Charity of the Month” and other activities to raise donations.

Freedom Middle

2019: Memory Fence

2018: Conducted a 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

2019: Multiple drives to collect food, clothes, personal care items, books for those in need plus a voter registration drive

2018: Developed a homeless assistance program,  featuring the creation of essential items needs bags to be delivered to area homeless.

Chicago, IL

Chase Elementary

2019: School recycling project


Ella Flagg Young Elementary

2019: Community resource awareness project

2018: Created and implemented a schoolwide anti-bullying program.

Healy Elementary

2019: Positive School Climate restroom door inspiration

2018: 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.”

Scammon Elementary
2019: Bottle drinking water option



Soloman Elementary

2019: Civics fair and Golden Rule mural


Danville, IL

Oakwood Junior High

2019: Flag pole restoration and landscaping projects

2018: Developed and implemented a “trash busters” Kickapoo State Park cleanup and environmental responsibility campaign.


Downers Grove, IL

Lester Elementary

2019: School hallway inspirational quotes

2018: Created “mix-it-up days,” a lottery-based engagement providing opportunities for students to connect with new members of other classes and grades.

DeKalb, IL

Somonauk Middle School

2020 is Somonauk’s first year in OAV!

Evergreen Park, IL

Central Middle School

2020 is Central’s first year in OAV!

Forest Park, IL

Forest Park Middle School

2018 & 2019: Community bridge safety project

Mattoon, IL

Riddle Elementary

2019: OAV Problem Solvers – inspiration bathroom stall quotes/ playground basketball nets

2018: Created and conducted a hurricane disaster aid and food drive.


Mattoon Middle

2019: Water fountain filtration project

2018: Initiated “buddies for social emotional learning” initiative, designed and implemented team-building and exercise breaks for 6th-grade students, with lessons on positive behavior.

Melrose Park, IL

Scott Elementary

2019: Homeless supply bags

2018: 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
2019: Community garden



Roosevelt Magnet
2019: School food pantry stocking/support



Trewyn K-6
2019: Creating a Kinder Trewyn anti-bullying campaign

2018: Undertook a beautification program for the school’s new grounds.


Springfield, IL

Dubois Elementary

2019: Adoption/foster children  support

2018: Designed and implemented team-building activities that enhance student relationships and reward positive behavior.

Owen Marsh Elementary

2020 is Owen Marsh’s first year in OAV!

Wadsworth, IL

Prairie Trail Elementary

2019: Diversity & Respect posters in the school and community

2018: Developed and implemented an “environmental awareness education day,” involving significant local area cleanup.

Waukegan, IL

Clearview Elementary

2019: Poverty and senior support

2018: Designed and painted inspirational murals in the school hallways to instill school pride and positive behavior.

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