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Sailors work along side community in school project

MM1 Jamane Coleman (left) fills in the playground with mulch.
MM1 Jamane Coleman (left) fills in the playground with mulch.

When a school in North Chicago needs help on a large scale project, what better way to complete it than by the assistance of the people that live and work in the same community. This is what took place at the A.J. Katzenmaier Academy on June 29.

During AbbVie’s Week of Possibilities, which is a chance for the company to give back in the form of community service projects, they setup a KaBoom! playground build at the local school. More than 300 community members volunteered during the event, including about 30 Sailors from different commands around Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL).

Executive Director of the North Chicago Community Partners Jennifer Grumhaus explained what the Navy volunteers bring to the table.

“It is truly a privilege to work alongside the Sailors from NSGL on any project, including the building of the new playground at A.J. Katzenmaier Academy. Their strong work ethic and positive attitude were contagious and encouraged and inspired our other volunteers,” said Grumhaus. “The volunteers from NSGL have been of tremendous support to our programs and events and always serve as role models for our community and youth.”

One volunteer, ABE1 Alicia Corona, is not new to volunteering her time in the community.

“I’m part of NSGL Petty Officer Association and we volunteer a lot in the community. When I saw this event come up on our community outreach board, I just naturally wanted to do it. We live and work in the area, so why not better our community.”

Grumhaus also explained how the North Chicago Community Partners give back to military families while military members give back to the community.

“It has been our pleasure, at North Chicago Community Partners, to support military-connected children and families from NSGL. They bring a richness to our school communities and connect us all to a larger world and is a perfect example of what can be accomplished for children if we all work together.”

NSGL has been working alongside the North Chicago Community Partners on various projects since March of 2016.

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