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HUBBARD Students are tutoring students in Hurley Elementary’s Lighthouse Program and at a nearby library. They are volunteering at the Greater Food Depository at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. They plan to design T-shirts for “Take Back the Night,” a domestic violence program. They have collected donations during the annual West Community YMCA Tag Day.

WESTINGHOUSE Students are serving food to the poor through Bethel New Life and helped with painting at nearby Morse Elementary School.

PROSSER Students are volunteering at a nearby retirement home and tutoring elementary students who attend the Park District’s after-school program.

LANE TECH During school lunch hours, students are involved in recycling projects. The chorus and gospel choir sing for nursing homes, the Key Club collects coats for the homeless, and the Society of Service Club visits nursing homes.

AMUNDSEN Students will participate in the Annual River Congress, an environmental clean-up project along the Chicago River. They also conducted an anti-violence campaign, which involved setting up four stations with anti-violence themes outside the school. This spring, they will work on an outdoor beautification project outside the school.

JUAREZ Students at Pilsen and Orosco elementary schools work at a nearby day care center. With training from the Teens Against Tobacco program, they will talk to elementary students about the dangers of smoking. Some volunteer at Rush-Presbyterian- St. Luke’s Medical Center and at Bethany Hospital.

COLLINS Students are taking part in an in-house tutoring program and volunteering at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

HIRSCH Students are volunteering at a neighborhood nursing home, participating in Big Brothers/Big Sisters and, through the Community Alternative Policy Strategy program, plan to research the neighborhood’s demographics and businesses.

TAFT Students participated in tag-days for Catholic Charities, helped clean up Edison Park and nearby train stations, and worked with the Department of Streets and Sanitation to look for blocked gutters and downspouts and tell property owners about ways to prevent flooding.

BOGAN Students participated in a walk-a-thon for the homeless, are recycling refuse at school and have collected school supplies for young hurricane victims in Nicaragua.

CRANE Students are collecting and delivering canned goods for needy families and senior citizen homes in the neighborhood. They plan to create wooden planters that will be filled with flowers and placed around the neighborhood. They also volunteer in libraries, nursing homes, the Salvation Army and local hospitals.

ROOSEVELT Students groom animals, clean out cages and assist in the adoption process at the Anti-cruelty Society. They tutor young students at the Albany Park Community Center and through YouthNet, a service organization for teens. They volunteer at Ravenswood and Swedish Covenant hospitals.

JONES Students work in one of three groups: the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the Veterans Park Group or the Chicago River Project. Through the foundation, students will work on projects that address public safety and violence prevention. The park group will identify an area and design a Veterans Memorial Park. In the river project, students will study ecological problems and their impact on Chicago.

BEST PRACTICE Students are tutoring at preschools and elementary schools and volunteering at banks, hospitals and museums.

CHICAGO AG Students teach 4th-graders at a nearby elementary school about the main food groups and healthy eating.