Family Services staff have participated in classes through Openlands. We have received a grant from the Daughters of Charities to develop and maintain a community garden. This will be on a plot of land on Adams. This will be a very exciting project for all of our program participants to take part in. The garden will consist of vegetables and herbs.
The Hope Junior and School Age Valentine Sock Hop was a great success. They had pizza and all received a special gift thanks to the generosity of our friends at St. Liborius Parish, with a special thanks to the Carlsson family. A special added treat was a performance by the award-winning Maine South Hawkettes.
The DePaul University Career Day, led by alumni, was held on February 15th. The teens who participated felt that the information was worthwhile.
Deanna and Mrs. Grant from the Hope Jr. Program and family volunteers took five pre-teen Hope Junior boys to Rustic Falls for a weekend. They stayed from Friday to Sunday. They all had a great time, sledding, cooking, roller skating, telling ghost stories, and just being outside in a safe environment. One of the boys said, “It was the best time I ever had. Everything was fun, even going to sleep.”Marillac was able to give out 38 tickets for families to attend a Bulls games after the organization called to give away tickets to that night's game. They were all extremely excited and had a great time.
AT&T presented a program on Thursday to the children in 4th grade and older. The program was “It Can Wait “Don’t Text and Drive: From One Second to the Next.” They showed a very powerful video demonstrating the risks and had a guest speaker Reggie Shaw. Reggie shared his personal tragedy in which he was texting, lost control of the car killing 2 innocent men. His life mission since that horrible night 7 years ago was to get the message out on how serious texting and driving can be. The leaders of the program and Reggie were very impressed with how well our children and teens listen and at the thoughtful questions they asked.The After School Matter Teens attended a professional play, which starred their instructor Lenesia. They really liked seeing her on stage and were impressed with her acting skills.Thanks to the School Age staff and children for the wonderful Black History Months presentations that each room participated in.