Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn Promotes Service Learning at Statewide Conference
Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn saluted students and educators for their commitment to service-learning projects at the 8th Annual Illinois Statewide Service-Learning Conference at the Holiday Inn Select Hotel and Convention Center in Tinley Park. Quinn delivered the keynote speech at the all-day conference aimed at promoting school-based or community-based projects. Hundreds of student leaders, educators and community leaders from Illinois attended.
“Service learning lets students take their education to a whole new level,” Quinn said. “They take a closer look at community needs and do their part to actively make a difference.”
In March 2004, the Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning Program was introduced to the State of Illinois as a pilot program with a focus in the Chicagoland area. “These students are living out the message of Cesar Chavez to bring about change,” Quinn said.
Quinn’s office has helped administer more than 60 Chavez service-learning projects involving more than 3,000 students in schools across the state. Ideas range from recycling efforts and animal shelter fundraisers to a street renaming.
The great civil rights activist Cesar Chavez spent a lifetime trying to improve the conditions of farm workers and struggling for social justice for immigrants, the impoverished, and workers everywhere. This genuine American hero battled hunger and pollution. He is a role model for anyone interested in public service.
Through academic instruction and community service projects, the students learn the importance of service to others, and community building through volunteer work. The program includes learning components to comply with the Illinois Learning Standards.
The Illinois Statewide Service-Learning Conference was sponsored by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, Illinois Campus Compact, Illinois State Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Office of Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn.
For more information about the Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning Program, visit: www.ChavezServeandLearn.il.gov.