Congratulations to the Riverside-Brookfield High School students, staff and families and surrounding communities on a very successful Day of Service. Countless hours went into planning for this event to collaborate between all five feeder communities, Broadview, Brookfield, La Grange Park, North Riverside and Riverside, which comprise the RBHS district.
Led by the PTO volunteers, student and staff committees organized service projects in conjunction with Brookfield Project NICE, the Riverside Olmsted Society, and the community public works departments.
The RB Day of Service was planned to coincide with Arbor Day activities. Projects included tree planting, painting, cutting back buckthorn, mulching, expanding trails, and debris removal. The recent flooding to the area required some last minute changes, but also provided an opportunity to redeploy resources quickly to badly damaged public areas.
Some 225 kids and more than 60 adults came together to support our communities and the efforts are evident throughout the areas. In addition to the community projects, the RB Best Buddies program organized a food drive, with 12 student leaders collecting 400 items that were donated to the Riverside Food Pantry and St. Barbara’s Food Pantry.
Thank you to the many local businesses and organizations for the donations which made this opportunity possible for our school community: the Brookfield Kiwanis, Children’s House Montessori School, the First National Bank of Brookfield, the Riverside Chamber, the Riverside Frederick Law Olmsted Society, Premier Design & Cabinetry, and the RBHS PTO.
Additionally, 29 local eateries and businesses contributed refreshments for the after party at the school celebrating our accomplishments. What an outstanding show of Bulldog pride and service through our High School.
RBHS PTO Day of Service Committee
Bob Bensfield, Pam Bylsma, Nancy Catrambone, Jeannine Glavis, Liz Gomorczak, Dianne Hettasch, Sue Huhndorf-Payne, Mary Lang Judy, Kathie McCroary, Barb Molina, Pam Powers, Chris Prod, Sue Ripoli, Dina Sanchez, Patty Young