Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day - 2016

Motivational message from Noah Buchholz

Deaf Can Do It Day 2016

All students in Illinois who are deaf or hard of hearing were invited to participate in the Fifth Annual Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day on May 2, 2016. This year the type of community service project was open instead of themed.

Special thanks goes to Noah Buchholz, Assistant Professor of ASL and Deaf Studies at Bethel College in Indiana, who provided this year's motivational message. Mr. Buchholz was the Keynote Speaker at the Search Empower Experience Deaf (SEED) Conference held on March 11, 2016 at Harper College. Mr. Buchholz is also an American Sign Language storyteller and poet, speaker, and translator.

Photos from several of the participating organizations can be viewed at the link below:
Deaf Can Do It Day, May 2, 2016

Student Activities

NIA Deaf Program: Hampshire High School, Dundee Middle School and Hampshire Elementary School students decorated mini flower pots (with flowers) and made spring and Mother's Day cards for residents at three long term care facilities (Elgin, St. Charles and Aurora) during the week of May 2 through May 6. All items were delivered in time for Mother's Day weekend. Participants included elementary, middle and high school students.

SWCCCASE. elementary students collected donations for "Almost Home Kids," an organization that provides an intermediate medical facility for medically fragile and involved kids who no longer need a hospital but aren't ready to go home. Students raised $70 in change and dollars, which was used to purchase fun baby items on the organization's wish list. Items included a crib piano, musical rattles and pacifiers. In addition, staff members donated $235 in gift cards, coffee and baby supplies. The total amount was $305 in donations.

Students at John Powers Center collected donations for Save A Pet animal shelter in Grayslake. Several volunteers from the shelter came (along with two shelter dogs) and did an educational presentation for the students. Total participation was 45 deaf/hard of hearing students and 5 deaf/hard of hearing adults.

Students at NSSEO Deaf and HH Program, MacArthur Middle School, and Forest Elementary School volunteered at River Trail Nature Center in the morning and at Heartland Animal Shelter in the afternoon.

Students at Hinsdale South High School held a donation drive for BEDS Plus Care program in La Grange, with the donation drop off occuring on May 9.

Students at McKinley Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program collected cat and dog supplies for the South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights.

Students in the Illinois School for the Deaf LEO Club held a "Parent's Night Out" at ISD Marshall gym on May 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Parents paid $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child. Proceeds went to New Directions, a local homeless shelter.

SASED students held a bake sale during their Deaf Drama production. The proceeds ($216) went towards the adoption expenses of a Deaf couple in New Jersey who are adopting a deaf baby from China. The students learned about this couple from a report done by one of the 8th graders in Social Studies class.

Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative children made and mailed "Have a Nice Day" cards for elderly individuals in local residential and assisted living care facilities.

Columbus West Elementary school (Cicero School District 99) DHH students and their classmates in grades 1 - 5 made cards for veterans in honor of Memorial Day .

Lemont High School students went to Lemont Nursing/Rehab Center after school to clean up the center's courtyard and plant flowers. They purchased the flowers from donations they received from local businesses such as Chipains, Jewel, Home Depot and the Junior IAD.