Mann students giving back to community

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

(Courtesy Oak Park Elementary School District 97)

MANNkind is a service learning organization recently launched at Mann School, 921 N. Kenilworth, that seeks to inspire kids to give back to their community. The organization is planning a series of service projects, including several that will feature a classroom component. The children are largely responsible for leading the discussion of the projects within their classes, with the assistance of a parent volunteer. The out-of-school component of the projects will be voluntary. To date, MANNkind has:

  • Visited the residents of Oak Park Arms and showed them their Halloween costumes.
  • Wrote 500 thank you letters to people who serve the community on a daily basis, including police, fire fighters, crossing guards, postmen and women, veterans, soldiers, emergency room/hospital personnel, representatives from the Animal Care League, etc.
  • Delivering "thank you" donuts to some of the people mentioned in the bullet point above who had to work on Thanksgiving.

You can access additional information about the program here.


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