Updated: December 4, 2013 6:03AM
Students from the Students of Service organization in Syracuse, Neb., will serve as volunteers for the Homer Glen Foundation’s Mike Hike 5K Run/Walk.
Students of Service is a high school organization formed this year to promote community service and leadership, Syracuse group advisor and Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Allison Beers, said.
The students participate in numerous local service projects and travel to one distant area to volunteer. Once the Chicago area was selected, Beers said she began looking for volunteering opportunities and discovered the Mike Hike on the Internet.
Syracuse is a small rural, farming community. The consolidated high school of 300 students serves several towns.
“I like the opportunity for our students to see and experience a whole new world,” Beers said. “This is the only chance many will get to go to a large city and see how others live.”
“We are excited to welcome this dedicated group of students from Nebraska,” Homer Glen Foundation President Laurel Ward said.
“The Mike Hike was created as a way to honor our heroes while giving back to our country and our community. We are thrilled the Students of Service decided to join us this year.”
SOS has participated locally in Chemo Caps for cancer patients, Toys for Tots, food pantry collections, citywide community clean-up, cap collections to create bottle cap art and cancer awareness activities before football games.
The group is renovating the restrooms at their high school football field.
While in the Chicago area, 37 SOS members will also volunteer at The Humanitarian Project and Feed My Starving Children.
Congressman Dan Lipinski, Sen. Christine Radogno, Rep. Jim Durkin and members of the Illinois Military Order of the Purple Heart will participate in the Opening Ceremony of the Mike Hike at 9 a.m. Nov. 16.
A flyover honoring our heroes will be orchestrated by Ray Luttrell.
For more information about the Mike Hike, visit www.MikeHike5k.com.