By Linsey Crowninshield, IMSA Assistant Director of Student Life: Leadership and Service
At the opening of the school year, Student Council President Shawon Jackson said: Let us inspire one person to do good in this world, because if our lives were to end today, we would be content in knowing that our inspiration – our legacies – shall last for a lifetime.
|From top to bottom-IMSA students and staff volunteer at Feed My Starving Children, Peck Farm and the Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary during the Third Annual IMSA Day of Service.|
On August 25th, 2010, 224 sophomores of the Class of 2013, accompanied by 22 upperclassmen and 40 IMSA staff did just that…traveled beyond IMSA and inspired!
This event marked the Third Annual Day of Service for the IMSA Community. The Day of Service is an event facilitated by IMSA Student Life staff under the department of Service Learning. The day is designed to promote class bonding and the altruistic spirit behind IMSA’s mission and beliefs. There is no better way to begin the school year then to engage in practicing/living the belief statements of the Academy. IMSA sophomores and fellow volunteers demonstrated one of the Academy’s belief statements that “Belonging to a community requires commitment to the common good” as they participated in the Third Annual Day of Service.
IMSA’s Third Annual Day of Service is embraced by organizations throughout the Fox Valley area that rely on the students to perform much-needed work. As testimony to the appreciation shown to IMSA’s students, the Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary featured IMSA’s Day of Service on their homepage with a photo slide show. During the day, the students helped to halt the invasion of hundreds of Tall Goldenrods and were described on the website as “a great help to us and a delight to work with.”
We need to take care of each other and our world. August 25th was both the beginning and the continuation of IMSA’s passion to advance the human condition.
Long standing partners include:
Volunteer Nurses Association in Aurora
Peck Farm in Geneva
Living Well Cancer Resource Center in Geneva
Feed My Starving Children in Aurora
Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary
Northern Illinois Food Bank in St. Charles
Fox River Clean Up
Kane County Forest Preserve
Hope Wall School in Aurora
Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry