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Students Take Part in Annual Sweetness Day Service Projects

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Juniors Ilijah Rajsik-Trkulja ’20 and Jon-Edward Stokes ’20, members of Advisory 008, sort used crayons for under-resourced schools on Sweetness Day. (Photo by Will Foster)

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By Will Foster ’20

Payton students participated in a variety of service projects throughout Chicagoland on Monday as part of the school’s annual “Sweetness Day.”

Held on March 4 (3/4) each year, Sweetness Day honors the high school’s namesake, legendary former Chicago Bears running back Walter “Sweetness” Payton (his jersey number was 34). Throughout the winter, each advisory from all four grades selects and plans a different service project for Sweetness Day.

Advisories 008 and 903 (juniors and seniors, respectively) stayed at Payton to help a visiting Chicago-based organization called Upcycling Colors organize used school and art supplies to send to under-resourced schools in Ghana. In the preceding weeks, the two advisories had conducted a drive to collect supplies.

Meanwhile, junior Advisory 011 traveled to the La Casa Norte emergency shelter for homeless youth and families, located in Logan Square. There, students created posters with inspirational quotes to hang on the walls, cooked dinner, and disinfected lockers and beds.

Those were just two of the many projects in which Payton’s advisories participated. On this cold late-winter morning, the Payton community brought the warmth of service to Chicago communities.

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Advisory 011 volunteers at the La Casa Norte emergency shelter for homeless youth and families, located in Logan Square. (Photo by Paw Print Staff)

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