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8th-Graders Challenged to Volunteer 2,014 Hours

Deer Path Middle School's Class of 2014 will launch a year-long volunteer effort this month.

A dozen charitable organizations in and around Lake Forest will reap the benefits of eighth-grade manpower this month. 

Deer Path Middle School students will participate a "Community Service Day" Oct. 25 as part of their graduation activities. The entire eighth-grade class will spend the morning volunteering.

Students will lend their assistance at Bernie's Book Bank, Feed My Starving Children, Winchester House, Lead, Westmoreland Nursing Home, A J Katzenmaier Elementary School in North Chicago, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Ragdale, Elawa Farm, Dickinson Hall, Equestrian Connection and Lake Forest Open Lands.  

The community service day will launch a school year of community service. The Deer Path Middle School aims to document more than 2014 service hours by eighth-graders before they graduate. The program is intended to instill in students an appreciation for civic engagement, their community, and help them develop a love of volunteering.

The Rotary Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff is underwriting the cost of the bus transportation for students traveling to and from the charities on Oct. 25.

Guinevere Tiffin October 05, 2013 at 04:26 PM
In addition the Music Institute of Chicago has received a "A Call for Musicians": The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago are looking for musicians to volunteer their time to play soothing music in our unit. The PICU is a high stress place and we as a unit believe that soothing music would help reduce stress and improve the overall environment. The times we need to fill are 9a-11a and 6p-8p everyday. Whatever time and days you can volunteer would be great, even if it is just one time. Are you willing to volunteer some time for the children, family members, and staff of Lurie Children’s PICU? If so, please contact Rene Thomas at rxthomas@luriechildrens.org

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