“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.” (Socrates, 469-399 B.C.)
More than 2,400 years later, similar comments are still being made regarding today’s youth. Different words may be used; however, many feel Socrates’ statements are applicable today. Often we hear comments that children lack manners, can be disrespectful, are unappreciative and only think about themselves.
We see examples of how District 54 students contradict this view on a daily basis. Their parents, along with our entire community, can be proud of the passion and dedication that our students have for helping those who are in need.
During the year, students in all 27 District 54 schools are actively involved in and contribute to a variety of charitable endeavors. If this generation stays committed to helping others, our world will be a better place.
A small representation of the hundreds of charitable activities and community service projects in which our students participate is highlighted below
- Addams students volunteer in preschool classrooms and shop for the district’s Community Closet.
- Aldrin students collected items for the Buddy Foundation, a shelter for homeless animals.
- Armstrong students are making holiday cards for nursing home residents and children hospitalized with serious medical conditions.
- Blackwell students collected $1,650 for UNICEF to provide emergency food, healthcare and shelter.
- Campanelli students are collecting clothes for the Community Closet.
- Collins students have become pen pals with Misericordia residents and participate in a variety of activities to support them.
- Churchill students organized a shoe drive to help fund schools for orphans living in Africa.
- Dirksen students are participating in a food drive for the Schaumburg Food Pantry.
- Dooley students are raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation.
- Einstein students partnered in the Lions Club hat and mitten drive.
- Eisenhower students are sponsoring a clothing and food drive for families in need.
- Enders-Salk students are collecting nonperishable food items for WINGS and WACO.
- Fairview students are writing letters to soldiers serving overseas.
- Fox students collected more than $500 for Hearts for Haiti and Feed My Starving Children.
- Frost students participated in the Walk for Mental Health and raised more than $1,000 for a family who lost its home to a fire.
- Hale students collected supplies for victims in Pakistan and sent Halloween candy to troops stationed around the world.
- Hanover Highlands students raised $400 to help build schools for children in Afghanistan through the Pennies for Peace campaign.
- Hoover students grew a variety of fresh produce and donated their harvest to a local food pantry.
- Keller students raised $1,157 by collecting loose change for the American Cancer Society.
- Lakeview students honored the Schaumburg Barn seniors with a thank you Bingo luncheon for their yearly generous school supply donations.
- Lincoln Prairie students baked and donated pies to a homeless shelter for Thanksgiving dinner.
- Link students wrote letters and sent care packages to our military letting them know how much their service is appreciated.
- MacArthur students promote intergenerational relationships by participating in activities with a local nursing home.
- Mead students held their seventh annual Cancer Walk and raised $11,866.
- Muir students raised more than $500 by collecting quarters to support WINGS 25th anniversary campaign.
- Nerge students collected spare change and purchased gift cards for the Community Closet and a Women’s Shelter.
- Stevenson students raised more than $3,000 to provide meals and gifts for families experiencing financial hardship.
Thanks to our incredible students for their generosity and commitment to helping others. We are very proud off all that you do to positively impact the lives of so many people!