Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day - 2012

Motivational message from Alan Hurwitz, President of Gallaudet University

Deaf Can Do It Achieved a World Record - Largest Group Of Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Students To Participate In A Community Service Project!
Click here to see the Recordsetter

Student Activities

ECHO - Students made posters, decorated collection boxes, and spread the word through announcements, letters and flyers, resulting in three carloads of items donated to the South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights.

Eisenhower Coop - Held a change drive during lunch and collected over $200 to buy supplies for P.A.W.S. animal shelter in Tinley Park. Went on a field trip to deliver the supplies.

LICA - Sponsored a bake sale, collected newspaper, and provided treats and toys to the Heartland Animal Shelter in Northbrook. Went on a field trip to donate $150, supplies, and newspaper.

Marion School for the Deaf – Collected supplies to donate to Marion Humane Society. Students heard a story about a rescued dog and had a visit from the Humane Society with two dogs. Video available on YouTube:

NIA – Collected spare change at lunch and sold “puppy chow” and dog bones to raise $225, and collected supplies on a wish list to donate to Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin. Pictures and student comments available here:
Central High School NIA Service Newsletter 2012

Southwest Coop – Visited Lemont Humane Society to clean cages, brush and groom the animals, and provide some TLC.

Additional schools and programs that participated include:
Hinsdale South High School
Illinois School for the Deaf
Levausseur Elementary School (Bourbonnais)
District U-46
Whitney Young High School (Chicago)

Deaf Kids Animal Project Video

Sheri Cook, Director of the Gallaudet University Midwest Outreach Center shows students an example of an activity for Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day. She visits an animal shelter, visits with all of the animals, and talks about how important the shelters are, all in ASL. The YouTube version includes captions. For those who cannot access YouTube, a compressed version is available on Vimeo, but it lacks the captions.