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The Community Character Coalition (CCC) of Elk Grove is once again sponsoring a youth recognition night in coordination with the Mayor and Village Trustees of Elk Grove Village. We invite youth service group(s) to participate in the celebration of the wonderful work they do for our community and the world. We encourage all youth service groups to attend this event to promote youth volunteerism in our community. The youth will be honored at Elk Grove Village Hall during a May board meeting. Groups will share their activities with displays and booths set up at Village Hall for the hour preceding the Board meeting. Groups or individuals need to complete a registration form and return it to Betsy Boswell. An email will be sent confirming participation with instructions and details needed for the actual event. Please contact Betsy with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org and return the completed form to Betsy Boswell, CCC, P.O. Box 0184, Elk Grove Village Il 60009-0184.
Elk Grove FALLEN SOLDIER Memorial Scholarship:
This scholarship is based on the CHARACTER COUNTS! pillar of Citizenship. It honors four young citizens of Elk Grove Village who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation in the wars that followed the September 11, 2001 attacks on our nation. The four soldiers are: James S. Cronin, Phillip E. Frank, John T. Olson, and Adriana N. Salem. It is presented by a partnership of the Village of Elk Grove, The Friends of the Elk Grove Library, and the Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove.
2015 Awards: Four scholarships were awarded. Each is a non-renewable scholarship to be used at a college or university, a junior college, or a trade or vocational school.
The 2016 application is now open, apply today! Click here for application and additional information.
The CCC Education Team has been working with the Kids Club After School Program sponsored by the Elk Grove Park District since 2010. The team presents character lessons based on the Six Pillars to students at five of our elementary schools. The goal of our involvement is to teach, model and reinforce good character values so the students may take this important learning back to their classrooms and into their homes.
Training Elk Grove Park District Junior Leaders:
Members of the Community Character Coalition’s Education Team spent three days in June with Elk Grove Park District Junior Leaders. Coalition members presented Character Counts! training and Six Pillar lesson ideas to the junior leaders. We worked with the junior leaders to help them develop lessons of their own to present to the 100s of children in the Park District Day Camps. The CCC members were impressed with the RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY displayed by the junior leaders. Passing on the lessons of Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship was truly rewarding for the CCC members, knowing they were assisting in the training of tomorrow’s community leaders!
Toys for Tots:
Each October the Marines come to our monthly meeting and bring collection boxes for the less fortunate kids. We then distribute the boxes around town to places like the park district facilities, the township hall, businesses and the like. Then at our December meeting the Marines pick up the hundreds of toys collected and take them to a distribution center to be given out. We have done this for a number of years.
Pack the Pantry:
In October for many years our members stand in from of stores in the village and ask residents to purchase various products for our local pantries. This is in concert with the Make a Difference Day program. The items to be purchased are not food but what we call personal essentials such as, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, tooth brushes and tooth paste, feminine products, etc. Over the years we have supplies thousands of these products for the pantries for the needed residents of our community.
Feed My Starving Children:
In November and December our members go to a location in Schaumburg and assist in preparing hand pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and they ship these meals to our distribution partners. FMSC meals have reached nearly 70 countries around the world in our history. FMSC is a non for profit organization doing a wonderful job of feeding kids around the world and it is our pleasure to be able to help out in some small way.
The part we play in Halloween fest is to operate a game called Cauldrons of Character. The game is based on the Bozo Buckets concept. We have six buckets labeled with the six pillars of character and a bean bag to match each. The kids toss the bag into the bucket and the get a prize when completed.