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No Job Too Big or Too Small for 'TEAM IMSA' on Day of Service

Whether it was picking up trash, hauling mulch, washing windows or some other task, IMSA’s new sophomore class, the Class of 2012,  provided ‘service with a smile’ to 13 organizations throughout Kane and DuPage Counties during the Second Annual IMSA Day of Service.

IMSA students and staff clean the banks of the Fox River during IMSA's Day of Service.
An IMSA student holds up just one of the many items pulled from the Fox River during its volunteer work for Fran's Fox River Clean Up.
IMSA students volunteer at the Living Well Cancer Resource Center in Geneva.
IMSA students washed 35 windows and 12 doors during their volunteer work at the Living Well Cancer Resource Center.

The IMSA Day of Service is an integral part of the Sophomore Navigation program which helps new students to get to know each other, the IMSA staff and the local community.  IMSA School Counselor and Sophomore Navigation Coordinator Deb McGrath supervised a group of students at the Living Well Cancer Resource Center in Geneva and called the day a “truly rewarding experience.”

“The new sophomores were strangers when the day started, but by the end of the day they were a team,” said McGrath.  “We sanitized yoga mats, cleaned and organized the storage area, washed 35 windows and 12 doors, created pages for a fundraising brochure, and helped with their excel spreadsheets,” she said.  

McGrath said the IMSA Day of Service reinforces IMSA’s mission to ‘advance the human condition.’

“We take our mission very seriously and I believe our new sophomores now understand better what their responsibility is as a student at IMSA,” she said.

In total, 245 IMSA sophomores, 42 staff members and 20 upperclassmen provided nearly 800 hours of community service work on August 14 to organizations including  Aurora West Forest Preserve, Dick Young Forest Preserve/Nelson Lake, Feed My Starving Children in Aurora, Fran’s Fox River Clean Up, Garfield Farm Museum, Hawk’s Bluff/Batavia Park District, Hope Wall School in Aurora, Living Well Cancer Resource Center, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Peck Farm, Peoples Resource Center, Suicide Prevention Services and VNA of Fox Valley.

IMSA President Dr. Max McGee said IMSA’s newest sophomore class not only represent some of the best and brightest students in Illinois, but also the most hard-working, compassionate and service-minded teens in the state.

“The response IMSA has received from these community organizations has been incredible and we are so pleased that each member of our newest sophomore class has already been able to make a difference in the lives of people and organizations right here in IMSA’s own backyard,” McGee said.  

IMSA Resident Counselor Danielle Wolfgang, who served as a Navigation Guide for her groups’ work cleaning the banks of the Fox River, said IMSA’s Day of Service provides a unique learning opportunity for IMSA’s new students.

“Doing community service is rewarding and instills a sense of social responsibility to students at a young age,” Wolfgang said.  “I have appreciated seeing our IMSA community fulfilling its belief that ‘belonging to a community requires commitment to the common good.’”  

IMSA Assistant Director of Student Leadership Development Linsey Crowninshield agreed, stating that IMSA's Day of Service instilled a sense of community pride in its new students. 

"I am so proud to say that 245 new IMSA community members ended their day on August 14th with a sense of pride in themselves and their fellow peers," she said. 

IMSA’s Day of Service cleaning up the Fox River can now be seen on YouTube at

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