The Power of Small Acts of Service

A few Wednesdays ago, a group of about fifteen seventh-graders filed into my classroom for the first ever meeting of our school’s “Community Service Committee.” The group was the result of a new effort to give students more opportunities to take on leadership roles in the school, but I knew that quite a few of the students hadn’t exactly leapt at the chance to sign up for community service–instead, they wound up in the committee I’d be advising after their preferred slots in other committees filled up.

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Giving Back for Veterans Day


After the alumni summit in Colorado, I was feeling very inspired to start giving back in my community. It is no secret that Chicago is a huge city, and there is a great need for people to do volunteer work. During the 2015 Corvias Alumni Summit, we were all able to get together and volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository to provide resources to shelters and families in need. I wasn’t able to attend the repack session, but I was very interested to see what it was all about.

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Photo Highlights of the 2016 Alumni Summit


Photos by Shamera Robinson, Descriptions by Katie Newton

Thursday, August 11, 2016:

Our group arrived gathered at the Denver Airport and traveled by bus to the Gold Lake Event Center in Ward, Colorado.  This center is on a private lake and has so many hidden gems to explore and quiet places to relax.  We spent the evening catching up with old friends and putting names to some new faces.

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