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Department Announcements
2016-2017 Service Hours-End of Year Update
Gurrie Service End of Year Update, 2016-2017 School Year
Our service total at the end of the 2016-2017 school year is 3,614 hours! Over the past six years, Gurrie students and staff have performed over 29,000 service hours. Visit our We Make a Difference page for more information about our awesome students and staff.
Band-Aid 2017

Performing to raise funds and awareness for the Dagbe Cultural Institute & Arts Centre in Ghana, Africa.
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EMM- Bemis Woods Crew
Cleaning out invasive species. March, 2017.
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EMM - Adopt A Beach. April, 2017.
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EMM Party With A Purpose-April, 2017.
Raising funds and awareness for Lincoln Park Community Shelter and the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.
Early Act- Helping Seniors in our Community.
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EMM - Bemis Woods Restoration


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Bully Prevention Club Supports Families at Ronald McDonald House
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EMM Supports the BEDS Shelter of LaGrange
Gurrie Support St. Xavier Francis Food Pantry
EMM @ Share Your Soles
Making a Difference at Ronald McDonald House
EMM Makes Breakfast at Lincoln Park Community Shelter
Early Act Raises Funds for District 105 Foundation
EMM Adopts a Beach!
EMM Adopts a Beach!
Early Act Supports the St. Cletus Food Pantry
Supporting Families at Ronald McDonald House
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Supporting our Troops-Operation Care Package-November, 2015
Gurrie Middle School: We Make a Difference Student Goal Setting Form
Click HERE for the student We Make a Difference goal setting form.
Gurrie Middle School- We Make a Difference 2016-2017 Parent Letter
Click HERE for the 2016-2017 parent letter regarding service opportunities at Gurrie and our focus on making a difference.
Gurrie Service Hour Recording at Home and Outside of School
Click HERE for the service hour form that students can bring to GMS to reflect service outside of school activities and hours.

We Make a Difference Update!
Gurrie Service Update- End of Trimester 2 2016-2017 School Year
Our service total at the end of the second trimester is 2,543 hours! Over the past six years, Gurrie students and staff have performed over 25,500 service hours. Visit our We Make a Difference page for more information about our awesome students and staff.
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USA WARRIORS BENEFIT HOCKEY GAME
EMM RAISES OVER $700 IN LESS THAN A WEEK!!



SHARE YOUR SOLES FOUNDATION: March 21st

"A LITTLE COMMITMENT BY MANY PEOPLE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD"
--Mona Purdy: Founder of Share Your Soles Foundation

LINCOLN PARK COMMUNITY SHELTER: March 8th
SUNDAY MORNING HOT BREAKFAST
BEMIS WOODS RESTORATION PROJECT: March 7th

HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT ON SATURDAY MORNING
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OPERATION CARE PACKAGES--February 16th
OCP Sends 180 Packages A Week All Year Long
MEALS FROM THE HEART: Ronald McDonald House
FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER at RONALD MC DONALD HOUSE

DINNER VOLUNTEERS AT LINCOLN PARK SHELTER
EMM SPREADS HOLIDAY SPIRIT

EMM volunteers for Wreaths Across America: Dec 13th
THOUSANDS GATHER TO HONOR FALLEN VETERANS:
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA DAY
SOLDIERS AT HOME: EMM ORIGINAL PROJECT
SOLDIERS AT HOME: An EMM CLUB ORIGINAL PROJECT

OPERATION CARE PACKAGE: November 24, 2014
GMS EMM CLUB: Supports Our Troops

Ronlald McDonald House: Meals From the Heart
MEALS FROM THE HEART: Ronald McDonald House
WELCOME HOME--HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO

HONORING
THE GREATEST GENERATION

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KEEP IT CLEAN! Adopt a Beach 2014
ADOPT A BEACH
125 pounds of trash...
(AND A MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE!!)​
MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OCTOBER
October 16th: Adopt a Beach--North Avenue Beach

October 27th: Feed My Starving Children

October 29th: Honor Flight Chicago

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OPERATION CARE PACKAGES: September 30th
IT'S THE VERY LEAST WE CAN DO!
Operation Care Packages

6th Annual PWAP
PARTY WITH A PURPOSE--
SUPPORTING OPERATION CARE PACKAGES & LPCS
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ANOTHER NEW CAUSE FOR EMM: FMSC
FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN--AURORA, ILLINOIS 

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Honor Flight Spring Flights Start!!
 WELCOME HOME AT MIDWAY AIRPORT: HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO

PARTY WITH A PURPOSE PLANNING COMMITTEE
HARD AT WORK and EXCITED PREPARING FOR 5TH ANNUAL PWAP! 

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NATIONAL "MONTH" of SERVICE FOR EMM!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS and MAKE A DIFFERENCE 


April 9th (Wed): Honor Flight Chicago

 April 11th (Fri): Flyer Delivery—OCP

April 17th (Thur): Feed My Strv Children

 April 24th: (Thur): Party With a Purpose

April 25th: (Fri):Adopt A Beach North Avenue Beach

 May 3rd: (Sat-Sun): Camp Duncan

HONORING THOSE WHO SERVE!
 PATRIOTIC WEEKEND FOR EMM






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STAYING WARM BY SERVING OTHERS THIS WINTER!
BREAKFAST at LINCOLN PARK SHELTER
OPERATION CARE PACKAGE: 2/13/14


3RD STAFF BREAKFAST!!: 2/7/14

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KEEP CALM and MAKE A DIFFERENCE
WE'VE BEEN BUSY THIS YEAR! 

Click on the link to watch our Smilebox:

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MONTHLY DINNERS RESUME
BREAKFAST FOR DINNER at LINCOLN PARK SHELTER





WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
IT'S THE LEAST WE CAN DO 

Holiday Dinner at Lincoln Park Community Shelter
GIVE A LITTLE BIT 


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OPERATION CARE PACKAGE: 12/4/13
 

EMM STARTS A NEW CHAPTER:
Supporting Our Troops with Operation Care Package

EMM HELPS SENIORS IN THE COMMUNITY
AGING WELL LEAF RAKING DAY 


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2016-2017 Service Hours-End of Year Update
Gurrie Service Update- End of Year Update 2016-2017 School Year
Our service total at the end of the 2016-2017 school year is 3,614 hours! Over the past six years, Gurrie students and staff have performed over 27,000 service hours. Visit our We Make a Difference page for more information about our awesome students and staff.
FABULOUS FRIDAY FOR EMM!
GRATITUDE BREAKFAST FOR THE GURRIE STAFF 



DEDICATED GROUP COMPLETES LAST BEACH CLEAN UP OF THE SEASON


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BUSY MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
NIKE REUSE A SHOE DRIVE HAS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR OF BEING GREEN!
WAY OVER 500 PAIRS OF SHOES COLLECTED
EARLY LEAF RAKING FOR COUNTRYSIDE SENIORS
FIRST DINNER OF THE YEAR AT LINCOLN PARK COMMUNITY SHELTER: CHICAGO
FALL BEACH CLEAN-UPS CONTINUE
 NORTH AVENUE: ADOPT A BEACH  10/10/13



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ENTHUSIASTIC WELCOME HOME: October 2, 2013
 
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EMM STARTS ITS 5TH YEAR!
HERE WE GO!


HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO: WELCOME HOME PARADE
September 2013

ADOPT A BEACH: INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEAN UP DAY
FULLERTON BEACH: SEPTEMBER 21, 2013

EMM FINISHES STRONG! MAY LPCS DINNER
EMM ALUMNI CONTINUE GIVING BACK!!




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HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO: MAY 14, 2013
 STUDENTS WELCOME HOME OUR HEROES!

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4TH ANNUAL PARTY WITH A PURPOSE!!
ADOPT A BEACH: NORTH AVENUE BEACH





GURRIE LOVES LINCOLN PARK COMMUNITY SHELTER:
EMMers RAISE over $2000





APRIL DINNER at LPCS!
 
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EMM IS GREEN!
 BEMIS WOODS RESTORATION: April 6, 2013

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MONTHLY DINNER VOLUNTEERS AT LPCS
 BACK TO WORK AT LINCOLN PARK COMMUNITY SHELTER: February and March 2013




RONALD MC DONALD HOUSE: Meals From The Hear
SEASON OPENER AT THE NEWEST RONALD MC DONALD HOUSE IN STREETERVILLE



JANUARY 21, 2013
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HOLDIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA AT LPCS

YEAR 3: 'TIS BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE!

December 19, 2012

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WE AREN'T OUT OF THE WOODS YET: BEMIS RESTORATION CONTINUES
 
December 8, 2012
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SPECIAL GUEST STAR at LPCS DINNER
 
November 29, 2012
STUDENTS HELP SENIORS

AGING WELL HAS REACHED OUT TO GMS FOR SEVERAL YEARS FOR THEIR ANNUAL LEAF RAKING EVENT


November 10, 2012

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GMS & FEED6 PACK 3,600 MEALS FOR VETERANS
The Gurrie Family raised enough money to pack 3,600 meals for the Illinois Veteran Foundation Thanksgiving Food Drive.

October 26, 2012

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COOKIN' at Lincoln Park Community Shelter
FIRST HOT BREAKFAST OF THE YEAR

October 21, 2012
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HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO SEASON BEGINS
OCTOBER 23rd Welcome Home








OCTOBER 3rd Welcome Home





2012 WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S




September 23,  2012
Students, Alumni, Teachers, and Families walk together to support a great cause.

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SEASON OPENER AT LINCOLN PARK COMMUNITY SHELTER
EMM CLUB BEGINS THEIR 4TH YEAR SUPPORTING CHICAGO SHELTER


September 19, 2012
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Gurrie's Early Act Food Drive!
            Gurrie Middle School’s Early Act Club wants to thank everyone for all the help and donations for the canned food drive. We were pleased to deliver 1,355 items to St. Cletus’ food pantry for those in need in our community. Thank you for all your enthusiasm and generosity.

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IMPROVING THE HEALTH OF THE GREAT LAKES
RECORD SETTING NUMBERS AT 1ST ADOPT A BEACH


September 8, 2012

Nearly 60 students, alumni, parents, and teachers represented Gurrie's EMM Club in a BIG WAY! Over 100 pounds of trash was removed from 12th Street Beach.  This will be our 3rd year participating in the Alliance For The Great Lakes Adopt a Beach program.
WE Make A Difference 2013-2014 Parent Letter
Click HERE for our "WE Make A Difference" letter for 2013-2014.
Does Service Learning Make A Difference in Student Achievement?
'Can Service Learning Help Reduce the Achievement Gap?' Scales and Rochlkepartain.  Click HERE for the article and comprehensive study (and many additional supporting resources) that find service learning opportunities make a positive difference in student academic growth and achievement.

Key findings include:
  • Involvement in service appears to contribute to lessening the achievement gap, with low income students who serve doing better academically than students who do not serve
  • Service-learning quality matters:Students who participate in 'deeper' service-learning experiences appear to do better than students with just brief (few hours to a few days) exposure to service-learning


Gurrie Middle School: WE Make A Difference!
Due to the overwhelming success of our '10K' and 'Gurrie Middle School: WE Make a Difference' initiatives the past two school years we continued making a positive difference in the communities we're from and beyond!

As of the end of the 2011-2012 school year Gurrie had logged in 3,477.75 hours of service. Combined with the 4,906.5 hours of service from the 2010-2011 school year, Gurrie has provided over 8,384.25 hours of support and service during the past two years!!!

Gurrie Middle School, 'WE MADE A Difference!'

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PARTY WITH A PURPOSE 2012
GMS & OUTREACH STOP HUNGER




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ADOPT BEACH SEASON STARTS AGAIN!
12th Street Beach March 24th!
EMMers start their Spring Break by helping the environment!
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Staff AND Students are Cookin' at LPCS


EARLY ACT SUPPORTS ACES!
On Wednesday February 8th, Gurrie Middle School's Early Act Club presented Cynthia Frymark from ACES a check for $100.  The club raised money by selling Smecils during lunch to donate to this local organization.  ACES, Adolescent Counseling, Educuation and Support is a non-profit organization that bridges the gap between crisis and covers care so youngsters can get help.  For more infomation, contact Kathleen Rupert, Early Act Club Sponsor, at (708) 482-2720 ext. 1246 or at krupert@d104.net.

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ENTHUSIASM and EFFORT Continues at LPCS
8th Grade EMMers prepare and serve dinner to 40 residents of Lincoln Park Community Shelter.  More dinners to come this winter and spring!
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Blood Drive at GMS
Gurrie Makes A Difference!

The Gurrie Middle School Blood Drive was held on Thursday, January 19, from 3:00 to 8:00 PM in the Gurrie cafeteria. Several Gurrie and district staff members came in to donate, as well as Gurrie parents and Lifesource Blood Center donors. Overall, 21 units of blood were donated. Thanks to all who helped to make a difference!
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'TIS BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE!

EMM CLUB SPREADS A LITTLE HOLIDAY CHEER!

12/21/11

Click on the link to view the Smilebox (slide show)
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It's hard to believe that this is Gurrie's 3rd "holiday season" trip to the Lincoln Park Community Shelter.  This year students, teachers, and parents made cookies and decorations, prepared and served dinner, and brought tons of donations--food, clothes, and kitchen items.  Participation by Hodgkins School made our donationS to the shelter EVEN BIGGER! A special "thank you" to Hodgkins School and all of the other students, teachers, and families who made this event so special!!



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ROUND 2 at RONALD MC DONALD HOUSE

EMM MAKES BRUNCH FOR APPRECIATIVE FAMILIES


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FEEDING THE HUNGRY at LINCOLN PARK COMMUNITY SHELTER
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Early Act Club Raises $800!
 
Early Act Club’s big project this year is to help Rotary International finish the job of eradicating Polio in the world.  Rotary has been donating millions of dollars and man hours for over 20 years to provide the medicine needed to prevent the spread of Polio in children throughout the world.  They have slashed cases by 99%, but there are still four countries with cases: Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nigeria.  Rotary has teamed up with the Gates Foundation to finish the job Rotary started in 1988.  The Gates Foundation is awarding a $255 million challenge grant to Rotary, which Rotary will match with $100 million raised by its members over the next three years.  The Rotary district 6450 Governor is asking all Inter Act (high school) and Early Act Clubs to consider this as their International Project this year.
7TH GRADE WINS COIN WAR!!
To support this project, the Early Act Club had its fifth annual “Change War” from October 31st until November 11th. This was a contest between grade levels (7th and 8th grade) to see who can put the most silver (or bills) in the grade level jar during lunch. To make this contest a little more interesting, students could subtract from the other grade level’s grand total by putting pennies in the other grade level’s fundraising jar. We are pleased to announce that Gurrie Middle School raised $800.01. 7th grade donated the most silver and bills and received the least amount of pennies.
 
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LEAF RAKING EXTRAVAGANZA!
STUDENTS HELP SENIORS!



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EMM AIDS DISABLED ATHLETES

WSSRA BOCCIA BALL TOURNEY


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GREEN TEAM Clean Up Debut
The Gurrie Green Team and their Northwestern University mentors clean up Maple Lake.

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3rd Annual Nike Reuse A Shoe Drive!

DISTRICT 105 WORKS TOGETHER TO COLLECT OVER 500 PAIRS OF GYM SHOES AGAIN!

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EMM HELPS LOCAL SENIOR CITIZENS

LEAF RAKING for AGING CARE CONNECTIONS

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The Ronald McDonald House
MEALS FROM THE HEART

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ADOPT A BEACH: NORTH AVENUE 10/15

TAKE A STAND IN THE SAND

Early Act Club Helps Local Food Pantry

Gurrie Middle School’s Early Act Club sponsored a canned food drive to benefit the St. Cletus Food Pantry.  The winning advisory that donated the most non-perishable items won a pizza party.  The winning advisory was Mr. Pontrelli and Mr. Sullivan.  They donated 546 items.  Gurrie Middle School overall donated 1475 items to the food pantry. 
If you are interested in donating to the St. Cletus Food Pantry, they are located at 600 W. 55th Street.  You can also contact Mary Beth Ford at (708) 215-5418.  They are really in need of canned meat, peanut butter, meals in a box/can, dried and canned beans, diapers, toiletries, paper goods, or any non-perishable items you can give.

Way to make a difference!!!
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WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S

DISTRICT 105 RAISES $1600 IN A WEEK!!

Together with several District 105 staff members, Gurrie teachers, students, and families have raised well over $1000 in pledges for an EXTREMELY worthy cause.  On next Sunday, September 25th, over 30 students from the GMS Every Monday Matters Club will walk 3 miles in Naperville to help find a cure for Alzheimer's Disease.  Led by EMMers, District 105 continues to MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! THANK YOU EVERYONE---FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!

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HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO SEASON BEGINS!
A bus load of Gurrie EMMers join the "Welcome Home Festivities" at Midway Airport.  The September 21st Honor Flight had 100 World War II Veterans on board. 

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EMMers AREN'T WASTING ANY TIME MAKING A DIFFERNCE!
A group of 45 GMS students and 4 teachers spent 3 hours at 12th Street Beach picking up litter and monitoring conditions.  Last year, the EMM Club joined a program called "Adopt A Beach" through the Alliance For The Great Lakes.  Students and teachers worked at the two adopted beaches (12th Street and North Avenue) several times throughout the year.   This group removed over 300 pounds of garbage on Saturday, September 3rd! 


CLICK ON LINK to view this event's SMILEBOX:
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TEACHER & WWII VET DAD EXPERIENCE HONOR FLIGHT MAGIC!
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Jim Folliard and Julie Folliard (Spring Avenue) at the Iwo Jima Memorial. 
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ADOPT A BEACH: MARCH 2011
303 POUNDS of GARBAGE REMOVED!!


NORTH AVENUE BEACH: Chicago



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BEMIS RESTORATION WORK STARTS AGAIN!

WE AREN'T OUT OF THE WOODS YET!




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Reward Trip for 20+ Hours of Service!
45 STUDENTS Earn OVER 20 HOURS of SERVICE!!




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EMMers Spread A Little Holiday Cheer at LPCS
'TIS BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE

Thanks to generous donations from Hodgkins, Spring Avenue, and Gurrie the EMM Club was able help those in need.
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LINCOLN PARK COMMUNITY SHELTER
DELICIOUS BREAKFAST MADE FOR 30 THANKFUL RESIDENTS:
November 28, 2010

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ADOPT A BEACH
 EMMers MAKE 2nd TRIP TO 12th STREET BEACH

 


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LINCOLN PARK COMMUNITY SHELTER

FEEDING THE HOMELESS in CHICAGO       

EMMers prepare and serve dinner and breakfast for 36 residents of the shelter.

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BEMIS WOOD RESTORATION PROJECT
NEARLY 70 GMS VOLUNTEERS ANNIHILATE BUCKTHORN!






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ADOPT A BEACH
EVERY MONDAY MATTERS CLUB
ADOPTS 12TH STREET BEACH

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The most recent endeavor by the EMM Club involves a program through the Alliance for the Great Lakes—Adopt A Beach. This is the largest volunteer program present on 4 of the 5 Great Lakes. More than 9,000 volunteers, now including GMS, participate in the program. Teams remove and monitor litter, assess beach health, and conduct several water tests. The data that is collected is used for education to share with local beach authorities, and to improve our beaches. 
 
 
 



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2009-2010...AN AMAZING YEAR: 27,606 POSITIVE ACTS!
JUST LIKE BUTTER...
WE'RE ON A ROLL!!
The students of GMS reached the goal of 10,000 positive acts by January through individual and group efforts inside the school and in the Gurrie community!! This absolutely amazing year ended with a grand total of 27,606 positive acts--nearly THREE TIMES the original goal of 10K!!
Gurrie Activities Council, the Every Monday Matters Club, and Early Act were the student organizations that led the way with many humanitarian efforts.


Students, staff, and family members volunteered in school, after school, and on the weekends in a variety of ways.

*HONOR FLIGHT CHICAGO: students, staff, and family greeted vets at Midway Airport when they returned from Washington D.C., staff served as guardians and worked as early morning volunteers as well as working a fundraiser that brought in $58,000 for the organization.
*raised money for ROTARY INTERNATIONAL to eradicate polio
*LINCOLN PARK COMMUNITY SHELTER: students and staff prepared several hot breakfast meals and dinners throughout the spring and summer as well as sack lunches
*EMPTY BOWLS: students, staff, and family made bowls and also participated in the actual event
*LIFE SOURCE: staff organized and hosted a blood drive
*EARTH DAY clean up in Cook County Forest Preserves
*FOOTBALL FOR HEART: raised $1,700 for the American Heart Association

*PROJECT LINUS: made 85 blankets to give to children in Haiti
*NIKE RE-USE A SHOE: collected nearly 300 pairs of shoes to be converted into outdoor basketball courts and running tracks
*PARTY WITH A PURPOSE: raised $3,400 for Stand Up For Kids

Let's keep the momentum going and make the 2010-11 school year another unforgettable one by continuing to make the world a better place--one action at a time!


'WE Make A Difference' Parent Form
Click HERE for the parent and / or home 'WE Make A Difference' form to let us know at Gurrie about the difference your child is making in their own life, at home, or in the community.
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+ Kulaga, Louise
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