Thank you! Volunteers Rock!
Big Shoulders brings us Peak 6
You make a living
by what you get.
You make a life
by what you give.
Three amazing groups of volunteers were wonderful teammates for us as we began to realize our "Green Dreams" for our campus. We worked with a wonderful landscape designer on the project, Tari Delisi, and she in turn brought excellent teams of professionals on board as needed. But much of the work of making us beautiful and green was done by volunteers. Volunteers Rock!
On a day in April an ASP crew from Ascension in Oak Park helped us make great strides in Phase One and our vision began to take shape (below). They built Gabion rock walls and benches, laid bricks and a small flagstone platform, installed railroad tie support walls and planted two beds of perennials.
On a warm day in August Sprout Social, (pictured at right) great new friends from the Big Shoulders Fund, helped us move into Phase Three. They cleaned, built more Gabion structures, moved boulders and planted the Potomac Avenue bed in what seemed to be solid rock!
And on a perfectly spectacular day in September Peak 6 teammates and their families (pictured above) cleaned and weeded and laid bricks and placed boulders, really transforming our campus!
Three amazing volunteer crews
Appalachian Service Project Teens from Ascension
A wonderful group of friends from Turano Bakery came to help with a fall clean-up on a beautiful November Saturday. They worked in the playground, on the planters on the Massasoit side of the building and they even cleaned up the chicken run. (Yes! St. Angela has chickens!) Thanks, Turano, for your time and energy. And thanks, Big Shoulders for arranging their visit.
And Big Shoulders brings us Sprout Social
Mercy Corp Volunteers
On a cold wet Saturday in April a group of Mercy Corps Volunteers spent the morning preparing an under-utilized classroom to become the new music room -- and cleaned up five raised beds in the courtyard so that our young scholars can plant the seedlings they have in their classroom. Thank you!
Ernst and Young
Big Shoulders brought a group of employees from Ernst and Young to St. Angela for the launch of the iPad application of the new Everyday Math curriculum. Volunteers worked with the students of Ms. Teresa Jay's fifth grade classroom. Thanks, Big Shoulders -- we are loving Everyday math!
OPRF Varsity Field Hockey
The Oak Park River Forest High School Varsity Field Hockey team visited St. Angela to present a check from the proceeds of the bake sale they held on our behalf. Then they stayed to learn more about our school. They led games in the gym, talked to O'Rourke Prep students about high school, read to kindergarteners, helped with art projects -- even did the Makarena. Thank you so much -- we had a great time!
Big Shoulders brought a second group of volunteers, this time employees of Merrill Lynch who spend a rainy Saturday cleaning the gym! They scrubbed tape off the walls, took SOS pads to grimy corners, and emptied the old store rooms that will become locker rooms when the basketball season starts. Thanks, Big Shoulders & Friends!