Chicago kids participate in day of service on Good Friday during Austin neighborhood’s spring forward event – What We Know!

CHICAGO (WLS) — This Good Friday can also be a day of service for a lot of younger individuals as college students gathered on the town’s West Aspect to beautify inexperienced areas within the Austin neighborhood.

Whereas some youngsters spend their spring break stress-free, sixth grader Agustin Cervantes is doing for others.

“I like serving to and as I’m serving to, I get to be taught extra,” Cervantes mentioned.

The 12-year previous is amongst dozens of Chicago space college students collaborating in Austin’s spring ahead occasion Friday.

It’s hosted by undertaking exploration, along with the Metropolis of Chicago’s “My Chi, My Future” initiative that helps stem schooling for neighborhood youngsters.

“To us, it’s actually vital to make sure that our youngsters acknowledged what the traditions have been in our historical past, so we’re ensuring all these issues are uncovered to younger individuals,” mentioned Natasha Smith-Walker, government director of Mission Exploration.

This yr’s day lengthy effort by the 23-year-old group supplied actions at two places.

Youngsters not solely beautified the inexperienced areas outdoors of Bethel New Life Church, the place the stem group’s hub is, however in addition they bought to be taught one thing new.

That’s what 9-year-old Jaylen Wilson did.

“I’m having enjoyable being right here,” Wilson mentioned.

These women even constructed a prototype for a robotic arm.

And over at Columbus Park, teenagers bonded by means of basketball and bought to hook up with the neighborhood by means of creative expression.

“The artwork undertaking’s theme is: Love in Austin,” mentioned Janeicia Williams, neighborhood liaison for Mission Exploration. “So everyone’s going to be drawing issues about who they love, what they love or what they love about Austin.”

Summer time jobs alternatives and neighborhood exercise signups had been additionally made out there.

Whereas all those that participated can have their generosity rewarded with free tickets to a live performance at Navy Pier, for some, the prospect to offer again to their communities was sufficient.

“I like doing it,” Cervantes mentioned.

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