Lyons Township High School students are partnering with Pillars, a local social service agency, and the Lenzi apartment community in Hodgkins on the first of several community service projects. LT National Hispanic Institute (NHI) advisors Lelani Lopez and Leo Torres, along with LT Hispanic Liaison Jorge Sanchez, and more than one dozen LT NHI club members recently cleaned, painted and redecorated a Lenzi apartment rented by Pillars, which is used as an office and for outreach services.
Pillars has agreed to allow LT to use this now child-friendly space as a place to host their new Mighty Little Lions program, designed to help the children of the Lenzi apartment complex. LT NHI students will host weekly story time and homework help activities at the Pillars apartment. NHI members will read and conduct activities that encourage literacy for young children during story time, as well as serve as tutors for young children in the Lenzi community as part of the homework help component.
LT Hispanic Liaison Jorge Sanchez says, “The goal of the Mighty Little Lions program is to provide LT students with opportunities to enhance their sense of responsibility, experience what it’s like to help others, explore new roles and to enrich their lives and others.”
The LT Mighty Little Lions program is set to begin in the fall.