All Kinds of News for January 10, 2018
This past holiday season, EDGE Learning and Wellness students donated handmade ornaments to A Safe Place, a domestic violence shelter. EDGE Collaborator and Art Instructor Vickie Marasco guided students as they painted images of snow-covered cottages, flowers, candy canes and Santa Claus onto ornaments. Students chose these designs themselves after deciding they would best help mothers and children at A Safe Place get in the holiday spirit.
“When our students found out they could donate their ornaments, they put in extra time and attention to detail,” said EDGE Life Coach Carissa Johnsen. “They truly wanted to make sure their gifts would be as special as possible.“
After the experience, EDGE students recognized that giving to others is an essential part of the holiday season. Beyond that, though, they realized how important it is to prioritize the act of giving all year round. Whether it's helping a friend with homework or volunteering at a local organization, everyone can incorporate giving into their daily lives.
"It was a thoughtful thing for us to do — one I wouldn't have come up with on my own,” said one EDGE student. “I really liked doing it, and I’m glad we could donate the ornaments."
A Safe Place, located in Zion, Illinois, is about 50 miles from EDGE. The shelter provides free housing and counseling services to domestic violence survivors. EDGE was grateful for the opportunity to give back to a local organization that provides such crucial community support.About EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate CommunityEDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community is an accredited transitional living program located in Chicago, IL. EDGE offers therapeutically supported residential and non-residential options for post-treatment young adults. The participants, ages 18 - 24, are striving to excel academically, while creating a life of balance, joy and wellness.