By Liz Walch My service-learning students at the Academy for Global Citizenship are great at coming up with BIG ideas. And they not only have BIG ideas, they have a lot of them. “Let’s invent and build a machine to clean all the trash out of the ocean!” “Let’s have
By Liz Walch Getting a group of fifteen people to agree on anything can be a challenge. This was definitely the case for a group of elementary school children who felt very strongly about what cause they wanted to support during their recent service-learning project. But through discussion, patience, and
On August 13th HEART received the Al Ward Spirit of Giving Award and participated in a panel discussion on improving school culture at this year’s Communities In Schools of Chicago’s Institute Day. Every year, Communities in Schools of Chicago recognizes one individual or organization that consistently goes beyond expectations to
With the recent Supreme Court decision to legalize marriage equality, we thought it was a great time to highlight one of our very inspiring HEART students, an openly gay LGBTQ activist, who has done a tremendous amount already to make a positive difference in the world. 17-year-old Jacques Agbobly moved
After learning about the plight of dogs in puppy mills, eighth grade HEART students at Courtenay Language Arts Center in Chicago decided they wanted to take action to help. The students organized the school’s very first Puppy Mill Awareness week, helping to educate all of their classmates about the issue
For the past few weeks, K-2nd grade students in HEART’s Helping Others Club in Chicago have been learning about what companion animals need to be happy and healthy. Students loved learning how – just like people – animals need food, water, shelter, regular visits to the doctor, toys and love.
Most people know that during the school year HEART is busy working with students and teachers to bring humane education into classrooms. What you may not know is that we’re just as busy during the summer! With our Have a HEART camp in the Bronx, now in its fourth
For the past few months our 4th grade students at LEARN Excel Charter Schools engaged in projects to improve their community using a tool called “community mapping”. Through these projects our students were able to identify ways to improve their community and then take action to make it better.