Giving Thanks and Giving Back 

CPS students serve their communities this Thanksgiving

November 25, 2015

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, students from throughout the District have been giving back to their communities through food drives, service projects, and other student-led activities.

Bateman Elementary
A weeklong food drive organized by Bateman’s Bilingual Advisory Council resulted in 25 baskets of food for community families in need. Donations were made by the families and staff at Bateman, and each basket contained 20 pounds of food and a grocery store gift card. 

Chicago Ag
Students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences continued their tradition of preparing and serving a Thanksgiving meal to senior citizens living in their southwest side community. 

LaSalle II World Language Academy 
The annual LaSalle II food drive saw every class donating a different food item and the student council assembling Thanksgiving baskets to be donated to 28 families within their school community. 

Peace and Education High School
This week saw students from Peace and Education High School participating in the annual Thanksgiving Day of Service. On the Tuesday before the holiday, students volunteered at various locations throughout the Back of the Yards community, then returned to school to share a meal and reflect on their service experience. 

Sheridan Elementary
Students in grades 3-8 gave up their recess time for two weeks to collect money for the Family Food Fund, which provides school families in need with gift cards to local grocery stores. These students raised nearly $1,000 for families in their school community. 

Spencer Technology Academy
As part of the Great Turkey Attendance Challenge, 374 Spencer families went home for the holiday with a turkey and fresh groceries to prepare a Thanksgiving meal. The turkeys were provided by Jewel, Food4Less and other partners, and the groceries came compliments of a partnership between Spencer and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 

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