Today marks the last day for many Chicago Public School students, bringing 8 weeks of rest and relaxation over summer break! This year, Chicago Cares volunteers had an enormous impact on hundreds of students in CPS, serving more than 7,000 total hours at 23 different locations. Thank you!

As a department, we have so many great memories from this year: taking the cooking students from Bethel to The Kids Table, painting with shaving cream at Fuller, and Imagination Theater at both Brennemann and Burr. We’re so proud to provide essential programming to our schools and agencies that range from homework help to sports leagues, and art clubs and cooking classes that provide important encouragement, support, and assistance to help students be the best they can possibly be.

We’ve heard a lot of fantastic feedback from our community partners this school year, but one theme that was continually repeated by all our partners is the way that Chicago Cares volunteers are important mentors and motivators for their students during this critical time of personal development. Regardless of the type of program, every interaction with a volunteer promotes positive attitudes, strong role models, teamwork, encouragement, and helps provide a safe environment for students to grow and learn.

Thank you so much for making such an incredible impact this school year! Many of our ongoing education programs take a short break until August, but we still have many opportunities to get involved in the next few months. Come out to volunteer at some of our new programs: Art and Games at San Jose Obrero Mission, Paint and Play at St. Angela, or Mini Camp at HGS. We are also looking for great new volunteer leaders to start in August; if you are passionate about working with kids and volunteers, please check out our website for more information about becoming an education leader.

Have a warm and happy summer!

Today’s post is from our Education Team;
Emily, Martha and Alisha.