Saturday, August 30, 2014

New Year!

On Thursday, August 28th, the new ACT members met for the first time.  There were over 25 people there, which was an amazing start for the 2014-2015 school year!  We are excited for the possibilities this year!

The students that were there were very excited to hear about the progress on A Better Life for Kids chicken farm in Ghana.  The majority of the money raised last year was used to obtain and fund a chicken farm for the orphans in Ghana.  It was fun to see our chickens in the coop held by the children who are now getting protein each day!  Visit the blog on the A Better Life for Kids website for more information:  (

We also had exciting news about a singing duo who wants to help us write a song!  Wendy and DB ( are musicians who sing children's music all around Chicago!  On Thursday, we began the process of writing the song by brainstorming words for them.  It's going to be an amazing process all year, so definitely look for updates on that throughout the year!  We are hoping to debut the song at the Leap for Ghana concert in February!

We also had exciting news that ABC7 wants to cover some of our activities this year.  That will be amazing exposure for the fight for children's rights around the world!

We are excited for another wonderful year!  Thank you to the community for your continued support!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ACT Walk-a-thon

It's been a week since our big event, the Change for Change Walk-a-thon.  This year's ACT group was amazing.  They worked hard and helped to make the world a better place one hen at a time.  The walk was extremely successful and it was so fun to walk through our elementary school and see all of the signs the younger students made!  Thanks to Mayor Van Dusen for coming to the event and to NPR for allowing Mrs. Ciok to speak on their program:  Thanks also to Mike Isaacs for covering the event each year for the Skokie Review. 

Each year, we try to beat our fundraising goal, but even more so, I'm so proud to see these students work so hard raise awareness and the funds to help their peers half way around the world with food, shelter, education, and jobs for the future.  We did make our goal and we raised over $7000 for A Better Life for Kids to continue to do the work they do so well.  Take a look at our video for the walk day and some pictures from the big event!

Change for Change Video:

Friday, May 30, 2014

Cookie Wars!

On Sunday, June 1st, some dedicated parents in the district are hosting Cookie Wars!  Last year the cupcakes at Cupcake Wars were amazing, so I can't wait to see what the bakers will come up with this year!  Ms. Nizynski and her husband, Brent, are coming up with fun games with great prizes to play while you are there!  Be at McCracken Middle School from 2 till 4 on Sunday to eat great cookies and help build a chicken farm in Ghana!

See the following article for more information:

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

One Hen

Have you ever wondered what a difference one hen could make in the world?  Ever been curious if YOU can do something really meaningful?  Listen to this story about the difference one hen made in Kojo's life.

How can you make a difference?   Find your passion and ACT on it!

Change for Change Walk-a-thon:  June 3, 2014

8 am at McCracken Middle School

Help build a chicken farm in Ghana through the Eggs for Kids project!

Any checks can be made out to McCracken Middle School OR A Better Life for Kids.  Send them to:
 Jennifer Ciok
8000 East Prairie Rd.
Skokie, IL  60056

Friday, May 23, 2014

Change For Change Walk-a-thon

On June 3, 2014, McCracken students will again walk to raise awareness about children's rights and raise money for A Better Life for Kids.  A.C.T., the organizer of this walk, has challenged each advisory to buy a hen for $50 as part of the Eggs for Kids initiative.  It will be exciting to see how many rise to that challenge.  We will also be walking through Middleton Elementary to collect change and see their work around the theme of empathy this year.  If you would like to donate online,  you can do so at  If you want your donation to count towards the Aiding Children Together total or if you need to name your hen, let Mrs. Ciok know at

Tune into NPR on May 29th at 12 to hear Mrs. Ciok on Worldview talking about the efforts of A.C.T. and the District 73.5 community.  See the flyer below for more information about all of these exciting events!  2013-2014 has been a great year for A.C.T.!  Thanks to all of the students for their amazing work this year!

ACT 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

5th and 6th Grade Student Leadership Day

On Wednesday, May 7th, six 6th graders and two teachers attended Student Leadership Day at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.  The theme for the day was Emotional Intelligence and how to be your best self.  Dr. Marc Brackett from Yale University spoke to the people in attendance giving great advice on how to help make the school community a better place.  Everyone had a great day and made some new friends along the way!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Trip to Rustic Falls

Our annual visit to Rustic Falls was amazing!  We love going to help the Lentz family with whatever they need to make Rustic Falls a success.  This year it was cleaning the barn (check the before and after pictures) and a lot of raking!  Winter came way too fast to get rid of all those leaves.  Thanks to Student Council, ACT, and the Lentz family for making this day a success!