Partnerships in Education & Service (PIES) Service Trips
Partnerships in Education & Service (PIES) supports public school education through the organization of volunteers from colleges, universities, and the public schools & sectors.
PIES Annual Summer Service trip to New Orleans
NLU-NOLA Partnership: Rebuilding New Orleans One School at a Time
Rebuilding New Orleans one school at a time
Beginning in 2007, NLU's Service Learning Team has organized groups of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of NLU to assist in rebuilding New Orleans one school at a time. The NLU-NOLA project committee has partnered with KIPP Central City Academy, the Samuel J. Green and Arthur Ashe Charter Schools, Royal Castle Kids Child Development Center and Happy Times Preschool to help improve and organize their facilities. An article in the Evanston Roundtable published in September, 2009 describes their work in greater detail.
The NLU-NOLA Project has established partnerships with charter public schools and private preschools in New Orleans. We continue to work with the schools to arrange for groups of NLU students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of NLU to travel to New Orleans every July and August. The schools' needs include (but are not limited to):
- Student pre-assessment
- Advice and training on a literacy program
- Advice and training on a math program
- Assistance in expanding the library
- Collection of school supplies
- Organization of school resources
- Facility improvement
PIES led a service team this past August 2015 to assist community organizers who work with children and teachers at local schools in the Treme Parish, Louisiana. Members of the team are professionals in the field of education, as well as volunteers dedicated to quality educational experiences for children. The Treme Community Center serves both children and adults in this historic neighborhood, known for being the birth place of Jazz Great, Louis Armstrong.
Click the link below to see the highlights from this past trip to New Orleans:
Service trip to Genola Community Center & Head Start School in Genola, Utah
PIES led a service team this past June to the Genola Community Center and Head Start School in Genola, Utah, just one hour south of Salt Lake City. We worked with the teachers who serve the children of the summer migrant laborers who travel to work in the fruit fields during the spring and summer picking seasons. The work consisted of organizing books and materials for teachers and children, with some attention to the outdoor space.
For more information regarding these trips, check out this link: Interested volunteers should apply by clicking the Service Trip Link on the Home Page.
Past Service Trips from 2007 - 2009
Early Childhood Advocacy Day April 16, 2008 Springfield, IL.
11 members of the NLU community went to Springfield, IL to join the Ounce of Prevention Fund in collaboration with Healthy Families Illinois to experience grassroots advocacy firsthand. They received pre-lobbying training and were given time to speak with Illinois legislators on key early childhood issues. The group shared their experiences at the 3rd annual Service-Learning Symposium at the Chicago campus. Click here to see more pictures and read students' reflections.
Trip to Washington DC with Public Policy Student Organization Wednesday March 25 - Sunday March 29, 2009
Today's Mind's, Building Tomorrow's Future: Students, friends and faculty attended an Illinois Congressional Delegation and stayed to tour the White House and meet with their Representatives in Congress. Dr. Richard Longoria of the Public Policy Department also lead discussion briefings with the group to offer valuables insights and enhance tours.
For more information, please contact the Civic Engagement Center at 847-947-5069 or email@example.com.