BLOOMINGDALE – Middle school students from St. Isidore Leadership Academy organized a school and parishwide craft drive this spring that collected more than 500 craft supplies to help older adult residents and patients of the Lexington Health Network.
Eighth-grade students Jenna Jamieson, Donovan Maloney, Isabella Sansone, Brendan Dunbar and Olivia Dorman, and seventh-graders Marissa Testolin, Jenny Hauser, Zach Barry and Henry Breyne were asked to create, develop and implement a project that demonstrated leadership in their community. The students selected Lexington Health Care after being moved by the needs of older adults from some of their previous site visits. Students from the Leadership Academy personally delivered the crafts to the facility in Bloomingdale in late May.
“We felt like the [residents could] use different experiences that are stimulating and engaging, and doing crafts is one way that their social and motor skills can be maintained and exercised,” Leadership Academy member Jenny said. “Plus, making crafts is a lot of fun.”
The Leadership Academy is open to seventh- and eighth-graders at St. Isidore who demonstrate leadership skills at their school. The students are required to submit an application with a teacher’s reference in order to be considered. The second half of the year is dedicated to project creation and implementation.
“This is the second year the Leadership Academy has been implemented at St. Isidore,” Principal Cyndi Collins said. “It is such a blessing to see the impact it has on the St. Isidore community and clients at Lexington health Network. These students are very impressive in their character and work ethic.”
The Leadership Academy is overseen by Trevor Simpson and Samantha Hoover from Alexian Brothers Parish Services. Parish Services provides school counseling and social work services to schools in the Chicagoland area, including St. Isidore School.
Lexington health Network is a provider of post-acute care and rehabilitation, long-term care, memory care, independent and assisted living, home health care, hospice care and private duty training. Lexington manages more than 2,000 skilled nursing beds in 10 different post hospital, nursing and long term care buildings as well as more than 500 independent retirement units and more than 150 assisted living units within three senior living centers, including a facility in Bloomingdale at 165 S. Bloomingdale Road.