Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day - 2017

Motivational message from Karen Putz

Deaf Can Do It Day 2017

All students in Illinois who are deaf or hard of hearing were invited to participate in the Sixth Annual Deaf Can Do It Community Service Day on May 1, 2017. This year the type of community service project was open instead of themed.

Special thanks goes to Karen Putz, who is the author of several books and is a mentor who helps others find their passions. Her website is The transcript of her video can be found at in the notes area of the video on YouTube.

Photos from several of the participating organizations can be viewed at the link below:
Deaf Can Do It Day, May 1, 2017

Student Activities

Cicero District 99 baked dog biscuits and donated them to Waggin’ Tales animal shelter.Photos
CPS--Students at Kinzie School collected needed items for Wolf Ranch and delivered them on a field trip.
DeKalb—The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program Students at CRMS and Tyler Elementary supported Tails Humane Society.
ECHO-- Rich South collected water for Flint, MI.
EIASE--The elementary DHH class made cards for children in the hospital for the Service Day project.
Hinsdale South High School Jr. IAD Club did Feed My Starving Children.
Illinois School for the Deaf had the LEO club collect plastic lids and caps that will be recycled to make a bench at a dog park.
Moline—The D/HH program picked up trash around school.
NIA--Hampshire High School students collected used glasses and hearing aids for the Lions Club.
NIA-Westfield had a T-shirt drive and made toys to donate to animal shelters.Photos
NSSEO itinerant students made blankets for comfort dogs.
NSSEO - Hersey and MacArthur went to Feed My Starving Children today.
Rockford Public School—3rd and 4th graders at Rolling Green Elementary sold homemade recycled crayons to raise funds for a tree in memory of the passing of their Auditory Specialist.
SASED picked up trash around school for Earth Day.
SEDOL/John Powers collected donations for animal shelters.
SWCCCASE collected many items for recycling including batteries, holiday lights, hearing aids, eyeglasses, electrical cords, cell phones, sunglasses, and inkjet and toner cartridges.Photos
U-46 --Students at Horizon Elementary School helped service dogs this year. A representative from AIM-CIL presented to the students about her life story and her work with her own hearing dog. Then the students raised money for Dogs for the Deaf, Inc.
U-46 --Students at Streamwood High School organized hygiene kits for Community Crisis Center in Elgin, IL.
Whitney M. Young Magnet School collected items to donate to the Anti-Cruelty Society.