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CivicAction Weekend!
We would like to recognize our four 8th grade students that were selected to participate in CivicAction Weekend on November 3 and 4. 
 
Christian  Kupoluyi 
Makilah McCulough 
Sofia Ortiz 
Edidya Solomon 
 
Modeled after the weeklong Civic Week programs for high school students, this Civic Weekend will bring together outstanding middle school students from throughout the western suburbs for an intense service-learning immersion experience in the heart of Chicago. The program is designed to introduce middle level students to contemporary social issues facing urban communities and to promote civic engagement and leadership among promising young people
 
The CivicAction participates will kick off the weekend with a visit to a local nonprofit organization that is addressing issues of urban poverty. The students received an orientation and then split into small groups to complete a variety of hands-on service projects at their organization. The student groups will visit homeless shelters and soup kitchens, where they will prepare and serve lunch, socialize and eat alongside clients, and complete sorting and cleaning. Other groups will visit organizations that either provide educational programming to community children where they will assist with activities, lunch, and other maintenance projects or do outreach for a local mobile grocery that provides healthy food to communities without access. 
 
The Hillside students assisted at the following locations: 
Hermitage Street Gardens 
Olive Branch Mission 
Two L'l Fishes
Cornerstone Community Outreach 
 
In addition, the students participated in a workshop and discussion about youth leadership and civic engagement with a focus on how they can each become more active in their own schools and communities.
 
We are very proud of Christian, Sofia, Edidya , and Makilah and fully expect to see them making a difference in the Hillside community!