Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day - 2013

Motivational message from Peter Cook, internationally renowned Deaf performing artist

Students who are deaf and hard of hearing participated in the Second Annual Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day on May 1, 2013. A total of 560 students participated in community service projects, breaking the 2012 world record of 495 students as the Largest Group Of Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Students To Participate In A Community Service Project at

The theme of this year’s community service day was People Helping People. Activities took place at various schools and included packing and distributing lunches for the Salvation Army, doing yard work at the Ronald McDonald House, book drives, picking up trash in the neighborhood, making birthday cards for a homeless shelter, volunteering at a local nursing home, preparing and serving lunch to senior citizens, and collecting donations for the Salvation Army, Misercordia, and Amy’s Angel Foundation. In 2012 the community service projects focused on animal shelters.

Participating schools and programs included Illinois School for the Deaf, Kinzie School, Eisenhower Co-Op, John Powers Center,ECHO, Moline D/HH Program, Hinsdale South High School, Northwestern Illinois Association (NIA), NSSEO, Marion School for the Deaf, School District U-46, SASED, and the Kentucky School for the Deaf.

Research shows that there are many benefits to community service including an increase in students' social development, motivation, engagement, and school attendance, as well as more positive lifestyle choices and behavior. For more information, or to see how your school can participate in the next Deaf Can Do It Day, please contact us at [email protected].

Photo albums from the different schools can be viewed below and are also available through these links:
East and West Aurora School Districts
Illinois School for the Deaf
John Powers Center
Kentucky School for the Deaf
Kinzie Elementary
Moline High School