CALUMET CITY | The T.F. North Student Council, led by faculty adviser Aaron Altenburg, was recently awarded a $250 grant from the Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program.
Altenburg worked with student council leaders to complete the application. The school will donate the grant funds to the Advocate South Suburban Hospital pediatric department in Hazel Crest, Ill. Altenburg said he was glad his students’ efforts to address community needs have been recognized.
Principal Dwayne Evans acknowledged the student council has played an integral role in helping create a culture of volunteerism and philanthropy that espouses the school’s charge for students to be hard-working, responsible, and respectful.
Some of the schoolwide community service activities the group led this year include fundraisers for tornado victims in southern Illinois and a coloring book and crayon drive for hospitalized children, a family film night during T.F. North homecoming week, health awareness activities to educate students about various health issues and diseases such as AIDS and obesity, and delivering breakfast to fire personnel in the Station No. 1 and No. 2 firehouses in Calumet City.
District 215 Superintendent Creg E. Williams remarked that volunteering is a mutually beneficial relationship. Williams noted that students not only benefit charitable causes through their volunteer work, but research shows they have greater self-esteem and perform better in school.