October 27th, 2017
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Noble Street College Prep Students Participate in Day of Service at Urban Farm on West Side
CHICAGO, IL – This week, 100 students from Noble Street College Prep gathered at Farmworks in the East Garfield Park neighborhood to participate in a day of service. The students volunteered at Farmworks, an urban farm run by the Heartland Alliance. The Farmworks service was set up and supervised by My Block, My Hood, My City. 200 additional Noble Street Prep students performed other volunteer services on the same day around the city. 

All 12,000 Noble students complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service during the course of their four years as a student. Ammad Hyland, a freshman at Noble Street shared, “Students should not think of this as a hassle. The requirement that we have these community service hours helps us build ourselves while also helping others in a special way.”

Celeste Pedroza, another freshman, shared Hyland’s passion, “I’m here to give back to the community. This is our home, we have to build it up.” She added, “I feel like Noble is a great community and I think this is a great project for our school, because it shows who we are.” 

Getting students involved in their local communities and teaching them the importance of volunteerism is a crucial part of the character building process that takes place in high school. The Noble Network of Charter Schools recognizes this importance and supports efforts by their 12,000 students to make a positive impact on communities across Chicago. 

About Farmworks
For many low income communities, good jobs and healthy food are in short supply. To help solve both problems, Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS), in partnership with the City of Chicago, NeighborSpace, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, operates a 2.6 acre urban farm in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. We distribute local produce of the highest quality to those who need it most, and support people overcoming multiple barriers to employment to secure full-time, permanent, viable jobs. To learn more about Farmworks, visit our website here

About My Block, My Hood, My City
My Block, My Hood, My City provides underprivileged youth with an awareness of the world and opportunities beyond their neighborhood.  We take students on explorations focused on STEM, Arts & Culture, Citizenry & Volunteerism, Health, Community Development, Culinary Arts, and Entrepreneurism. To learn more about My Block, My Hood, My City, visit our website here

At Noble, we are college bound. As the largest charter public school network in Chicago, Noble’s high school program exposes our students to higher education options and guides them through the collegiate application process. Through college trips, college fairs, summer college immersion programs and required academic courses, Noble demystifies the college experience and shapes students’ beliefs and confidence about higher education. 
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