Lyons Township High School club brightens the holidays

The Lyons Township High School Peaceable Schools Initiative Club recently filled more than 100 holiday baskets for needy children at the Off the Streets Club, Chicago’s oldest boys and girls club.

All supplies — baskets/buckets, toys, books, art supplies, snacks — were donated by LT staff, students and community members.

“The Off the Street Club children who came to pick up the baskets were so polite and grateful.” said science teacher and Peaceable Schools Initiative sponsor Carol Promisel. “It was very heart-warming to see the Lyons Township students interact with the children. There was an abundance of smiles and hugs.”

The club creates a positive, comfortable, and supportive learning environment. Through improved conflict resolution and communication skills of students and staff alike, LT works together to improve the way conflict is handled in the school and community.

The Off the Street Club in West Garfield Park provides a safe, supportive environment where the neighborhood’s 4- to 18-year-olds can do their homework or play computer games in the Learning Center; perform plays in the Performing Arts Center; dance, roller skate, sing, and play musical instruments; and express themselves through arts and crafts and woodshop.

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