Civic Engagement in Glencoe
January 2, 2017
We are pleased to welcome our students and staff back to school as we transition to 2017. In addition to engaging in the routines of the classroom and schools, our students have taken steps to engage beyond the walls of our school. Our teachers strive to make meaning beyond the text or classroom experiences and consider ways to support the growth of the whole child. How may we engage our students in the needs of others beyond our Glencoe community? Each school considers age-appropriate ways for our students to participate in civic engagement.
South School: On November 22nd, The Kindness Connection visited South School students to raise awareness about how our students may engage and help those in need. Students decorated picture frames and cards to be shared with seniors in local care homes. We thank the Glencoe PTO for partnering with South School for this important learning opportunity.
West School: Our 3rd and 4th grade students will soon experience civic engagement in a day of service at the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory in Chicago. In February the students will have the opportunity to work in the factory and learn how to engage to assist those in need in Chicago. See below for highlights of our District 35 staff and family day of service:
Central School: Our 7th-grade students have taken an even more active role in our community as they serve as penpals to our 2nd grade students. The students are partnered at the beginning of the school year and write letters to learn more about each other and our schools. In December our 7th graders traveled to South School to meet their penpals and share an activity together. The partnership will continue and the students will visit in person again in May.
If your child attends Central School and would welcome new opportunities to engage in service, please see the Glencoe Junior High Project website for many opportunities for civic engagement.
We value these opportunities to learn beyond the walls of our classrooms. Thank you to our teachers and community partners (The Glencoe PTO and the Glencoe Junior High Project) for supporting our new opportunities for civic engagement.
The Glencoe Administrative Team