Community Outreach

PTO program

Community Outreach plans activities to help students learn about and serve those less fortunate in our community, our country, and the world. Through service learning projects and programs, students learn that they can make a difference, around the corner and around the world. Each year, PTO co-chairs work with staff and community leaders to organize activities such as:.

Food Drive: The Food Drive collects food for the New Trier Township Food Pantry as part of Make A Difference Day. Crow Island has become a major contributor to the Food Pantry and our donations helps feed community families in need.

Candy Drive: Immediately after Halloween, students have the opportunity to donate Halloween candy to raise money for Lurie Children’s Hospital to secure the Hospital’s wish list items.

Showers of Gratitude: In the days before Thanksgiving, students are invited to decorate a paper feather with their thoughts on what they are most thankful for. Together, the feathers create a giant, colorful Thanksgiving turkey to be displayed at Crow Island. Families are also invited to donate laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, shampoo and/or body wash for the New Trier Township Food Pantry.

Bernie’s Book Bank: In conjunction with the Crow Island Book Fair in December, families have the opportunity to donate gently-used and new books to Bernie’s Book Bank. Bernie’s Book Bank is one of Chicago’s largest literacy programs and distributes books to children throughout Chicagoland.

Sack Suppers: In December, students have an opportunity to be hands-on in helping people in need by assembling meals to feed the homeless. Families are asked to donate food supplies, and students will prepare sandwiches and assemble brown bag dinners during their classroom holiday parties. This long-standing Crow Island tradition is a wonderful way for children to experience the spirit of giving around the holidays.

New Family Mentoring

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The New Family Mentoring Committee reaches out to families joining the Crow Island community for the first time. Incoming families are matched with current Crow Island families, who help orient them to the school and answer any questions they may have throughout the year. Several events are held in August to welcome the new families, including a New Family Coffee and Summer Meet-Up.

Birthday Lunches

During their birthday month, children in grades 1-4 will be invited to have lunch with peers from their grade and the principal, Dr. Pfeffer. This is a favorite activity for Dr. Pfeffer.

Contact: Lindy Schmidt

Staff Appreciation

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The Staff Appreciation committee conveys special expressions of gratitude (and treats!) to Crow Island’s wonderful faculty and staff. The committee provides lunch for staff members on conference days. It also offers refreshments to staff members as needed throughout the year (holidays and in-service days) and organizes special events during Staff Appreciation Week in the spring.


Environmental Awareness

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The Environmental Awareness Committee promotes environmental awareness at Crow Island and spearheads “green” initiatives at the school. The PTO chair attends township-wide environmental meetings and works with staff and room parents to incorporate best practices at Crow Island.

Building and Grounds

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The Building and Grounds Committee acts as a liaison with Crow Island’s contracted landscape company to organize routine maintenance. It also spearheads special and seasonal landscaping projects on school grounds, such as decorative containers, bulb planting, and our organic vegetable gardens.

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Crow Island Stewardship

school program

The Crow Island Stewardship initiative was formed by retired principal Beth Hebert and other community leaders to enhance community understanding of the purposes and legacy of our beloved school. Crow Island was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990, and the Stewardship group discusses ways to maintain Crow Island’s local, national, and international presence in the field of school architecture. In addition, the Stewardship group commemorated Crow Island’s 75th anniversary in October 2015 with a variety of activities and events to celebrate the milestone.