Meeting at Evanston High School, the Kiwanis Club honored five members of the Community Service Club for their outstanding leadership and service to Evanston and to the high school.
The young women included four seniors, Anna Nelson, Abby Seef and Natalie Jacobson, president of the group, as well as Charley Rees, a junior. Another senior,
Zainab Kahn, was unable to attend due to a test.
While Kiwanis has worked with the Community Service Club on Earth Day projects for several years, the members were interested in hearing each young woman talk about some of the other programs CSC encourages. The organization includes over 100 students and they meet monthly to sign up for the various projects. One project can mean finding gifts at holiday time for 50-100 young children. Anna Nelson, who chairs that committee, says that every child receives a gift and it brings her great pleasure to know these children have something to call their own and look forward to. This year the group also received ‘hundreds of books’ which means that the gifts last for more than just a single event.
Natalie Jacobson spoke of the Empty Bowl project, held annually, which helps fund many of the group’s projects. Students make soup and serve it to interested faculty and other students. In addition CSC receives an annual grant which they award to various groups. This means that members examine the needs and goals of several community groups to ensure the best use of those funds. All the girls expressed a realization of what it means to give to an organization and how their involvement and that of the club members can make a real difference in so many lives.
“These students have learned that there is great satisfaction in doing for others,” according to Mary Collins, who directs the Community Service department and sponsors the CSC at the high school. “I expect them to be involved in doing for their community for a lifetime”.
Kiwanis presented the young women with certificates of recognition, a book on leadership and a gift card to Barnes & Noble.