Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Season of Thanks!

ACT has had a busy month!  We have been working on random acts of kindness for the teachers using acrostic poems, along with finishing the castle for the Gingerbread House (Winter Warm-up for Ghana) event!  The colorful "Candyland" castle came out great, and the poems spread a little joy to all the teachers.

Then, on November 13th, we had the opportunity to take a field trip to the Illinois Holocaust Museum.  We visited the RACE exhibit and the Miller Youth Exhibit.  After learning how race was invented and what it means to be an upstander, we all had a great discussion about what we have seen in our own lives and how it impacts our world both in and outside of school.  The students were very respectful, and we definitely learned something while we were there.

Our next event will be the recording of a song specifically written for ACT by the singing duo Wendy & DB.  It's going to be an amazing experience, and the proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit A Better Life for Kids.  Check out our Donor's Choose site to help finish our funding for this great event: 

The finished product!

Field Trip!

ACT at the IHMEC!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thank you!!

Here's a video showing all the work done in Ghana last summer.  The money raised by our district last  year went in part to helping build a chicken farm.  Check out the great video the students made to see the impact made on the kids!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Helping with Outside Events

Some community members have asked us to be a part of helping out at upcoming (and past) events for A Better Life for Kids!  ACT members have been spotted at the mini-golf outing, the golf outing, and creating decorations for the upcoming Gingerbread House making event!  What a great way to volunteer in the community and make a difference for children around the world!

EGGS!!  Here's evidence from a job well done last year!  Great job to everyone who helped make a difference!
ACT members helping with special notes of encouragement for students in Ghana.
Former ACT members showing off their superior golf skills.
Wendy is the woman who is writing a song for ACT that will be performed later this year!
Painting the Candy Land Castle for the Winter Warm Up event!
Creating the thank you video... it's almost finished!
More painting....
Can't wait to see the finished product!

Random Acts of Kindness

This year ACT is focusing on children's rights, along with helping to spread a little cheer throughout the school.  We started with writing notes to put on everyone's lockers.  These notes were meant to be a positive start to everyone's week.  It was fun to watch so many students writing positive things for their classmates and then spending an hour or so making sure that everyone had one.

This month, students are making acrostic poems for each of the advisories and creating positive posters to hang up to help everyone remember that they are truly amazing.

They are awesome so far!  Keep an eye out for them...

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: