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Photo Galleries: Service Learning Day 2024

Lake Forest Academy hosted its annual Service Learning Day on Thursday, as students, faculty, and staff participated in service learning activities both on campus and in surrounding Lake and Cook counties. Organized by the Stuart Center for Global Leadership, Service Learning Day takes place every spring as an opportunity to encourage community-wide involvement in service learning, a fundamental tenet of the LFA experience.

To kick-off this year's event, the LFA community gathered in The Cressey Center for the Arts on Wednesday for a special extended Morning Meeting, which featured guest speaker Madeleine Pattis ’14. Pattis is a 2018 graduate of Swarthmore College and a graduate student at the University of Chicago, where she is pursuing dual master's degrees in public policy and social work. She currently serves as a policy intern in the City of Chicago's Mayor's Office, and she has past experience working at organizations such as Refugee One, the Kovler Center, Heartland Alliance, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Pattis spoke to the community about her work in the service field and provided advice on how to best approach and learn from service work.

On campus, Caxys helped with the removal of invasive buckthorn in areas near Faculty Circle, organized and prepared the Faculty Gardens for the upcoming planting season, and decorated cards for hospitalized children. Meanwhile, off campus, LFA was excited to partner with the following organizations:

  • Barb's Cat Rescue
  • Bernie's Book Bank
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources (Illinois Beach State Park)
  • Heller Nature Center
  • Lake Bluff Open Lands
  • Lake Forest Place
  • North Chicago Community Partners
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank
  • Nuestro Center
  • Refugee One
  • St. Joseph Bed Ministry
  • The Sheridan at Green Oaks