Southland students embrace Global Youth Service Day
May 9, 2013 2:54PM
Updated: June 13, 2013 5:33PM
Students from Lincoln-Way East and Lincoln-Way North high schools joined a worldwide effort to improve their communities by organizing a variety of service projects in conjunction with the Global Youth Service Day, which was April 27.
“This is the first year that the southwest suburbs have had a GYSD movement,” Lincoln-Way North social science teacher and key club sponsor Matthew Jordan said in a news release. “They began planning their service projects in the fall with teens throughout the southwest suburbs and are now mobilizing their volunteer teams to carry out their respective projects.”
Students sorted toys for the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation, collected items for the Cancer Support Center in Mokena and organized a 5K to raise money and awareness for an antibullying nonprofit.
Students also plan to host a Day of Play to encourage exercise and activity while raising money to benefit the Miracle League and its efforts to expand and build a special baseball field for kids with disabilities in the Frankfort area.
Among the students leading a project from Lincoln-Way North are Tyler Sucharzewski, Frank Licka and Lauren Ashack. Leaders from Lincoln-Way East include Katie Smith and Katie Shaw.
Lincoln-Way students joined students from Sandburg, Stagg, Andrew, Tinley Park and Bremen high schools as well as teens from area churches and the Bridge Teen Center to complete their mission.
Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth, according to the group’s website. It is celebrated in more than 100 countries each year.