IMSA's newest students contributed nearly 450 hours of community service in a mere two hours to area organizations during the 5th Annual Day of Service.
Facilitated by IMSA Student Life staff under the department of Service Learning, the IMSA Day of Service 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.
An IMSA sophomore harvests seeds at the Batavia Community Garden during the 5th Annual Day of Service.
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On August 22, 2012, all IMSA sophomores participated in this day by hauling mulch, moving brush, pulling out invasive species, collecting wild flower seeds, harvesting fruits and vegetables, cleaning rooms, sorting and packing food and picking up trash.
Jerry Moews, Aurora Site Supervisor for Feed My Starving Children, said the IMSA students provide a very valuable and necessary service they look forward to every year.
"Schools like IMSA are a valuable part of Feed My Starving Children," Moews said. "They enable us to give our food away to schools, orphanages and feeding clinics all around the world."
Moews said the students also gain valuable real-world knowledge about children who are suffering all around the world.
"Students learn about world hunger and the 18,000 children dying every day from starvation and the impact they can make."
Ed Weiss, a volunteer with the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners, said IMSA students were a tremendous help working in the Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary, hauling mulch and doing other jobs.
"This is heavy duty work they do ... we SURE appreciate it when they come!"
They appreciated it SO much, they even featured IMSA students with pictures on their website!
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IMSA’s Day of Service is embraced by organizations throughout the Fox Valley area that rely on the students to perform much-needed work.
Sites Served Include:
Garfield Farm in Campton Hills
Living Well Cancer Resource Center in Geneva
Feed My Starving Children in Aurora
Batavia Wildflower Sanctuary
Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva
Kane County Forest Preserve
Suicide Prevention Center
Batavia Community Garden
Kendall County Pantry Garden
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