On Saturday, September 26, the Pro Bono and Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) hosted its first Donate-A-Day of the school year at A.N. Pritzker Elementary School, a Chicago Public School in Wicker Park, and one of PBCSI’s partner organizations. DePaul law students assisted with a variety of projects at the school, from cleanup of the school garden and planters, painting an outdoor basketball court, to painting in the halls of the school building. Student volunteers worked closely with teachers, parents and elementary students who joined in the service day.
Many DePaul law students were returning volunteers and enjoyed recounting some of the projects they completed at former volunteer days at Pritzker Elementary. PBCSI Coordinator, Alex Antonacci, explained that the volunteers have a very positive experience participating in these volunteer days, “Donate-a-Day with PBSCI is a great way to take a break from school and spend a little time giving back. Every time I participate in one of these volunteer days, I meet new people-- it's a great opportunity to network with other students and members of the community."
During lunch, the principal at Pritzker Elementary personally thanked DePaul students for their efforts, and ensured the volunteers that their hard work was appreciated, noting that the elementary school looks forward to this day every year. If you missed this opportunity, join in the next Donate-A-Day on October 30 with the Center for Disability and Elder Law. If you are interested, contact PBCSI Director, Katie Blouin, at KBlouin@depaul.edu.