RLHS Scholars Visit St. Columbanus

October 01, 2011

Round Lake High School Schuler Scholars kicked off the year’s Social Awareness and Action initiative with a trip down to the St. Columbanus Parish Food Pantry in the Park Manor neighborhood of Chicago. Nineteen Scholars and three Scholar Coaches pitched in to help prepare dry goods bags for the 500 families St. Columbanus currently serves each week. Scholars unpacked palates of food, set up assembly lines, and shuttled bags to the drop-off station; their energy and strong muscles combined to pack 409 bags! Many Scholars expressed interest in returning to St. Columbanus because of the direct impact they felt they were making on the community. LaVerne Morris, the food pantry director, also shared a motivating message about the importance of giving back to your community that really inspired the Scholars!

Following the food pantry, Scholars explored Thai cuisine at landmark Hyde Park restaurant Thai 55. Using chopsticks and eating dishes like pad thai, most for the first time, proved quite entertaining! Finally, Scholars perused the Smart Museum of Art on the University of Chicago campus and took in exhibits on Asian art, Soviet Union propaganda posters, and modern painting. It was a day helping feed this Chicago community that also fed the Scholars’ bodies and minds!

RLHS Sophomore Christian Navarro poses at the Smart Museum of Art

RLHS Sophomore Christian Navarro poses at the Smart Museum of Art

RLHS Scholars enjoy delicious Thai food at Thai 55

RLHS Scholars enjoy delicious Thai food at Thai 55

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