Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Our New (bulletin) Board!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to redesign the Social Service Board Bulletin Board. It features every one of our volunteer agencies, Sammie, Sam, and especially, Ilana!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Sandwich Factory!

Inspiration Cafe needed a boatload of PB-n-J sandwiches for Inspiration Cafe and EVERYONE pitched in! Well, almost everyone... :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Winnetka Activities Fair

With already 25 unique sign-ups to our volunteer list, Social Service Board is well on its way to another successful year of engaging with our surrounding communities.

Check out these friendly folks working the recruitment table during 4th period. Using their school-issued iPad devices, they had passers-by accessing our website and sign-up form.

Remember, volunteers can sign up at any time of the year because our Social Service Board members are checking the master list on a daily basis. #theyrethebest

UPDATE: after one day of lunchtime recruiting, Social Service Board now has over 70 individual volunteers!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CROP WALK featuring Maureen Magee

We were thrilled to have Maureen Magee (retired NTHS employee) visit us 9th period to talk to us about the North Shore Crop Walk on Sunday, October 19th, 2014 in Evanston, IL. We have already raised hundreds of dollars from various low-denomination collections, but now it's time to secure sponsors for larger donations. Here's Ms. Magee speaking with the Social Service Board:

Friday, May 23, 2014

May 29th Metro Community Project Agenda

Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • 9:15-9:30am Arrival 
  • 9:30am Setting community agreements (Juliet, Brian, Lillie) 
  • 9:50am Icebreaker: birthday lineup (Brian) 
  • 10:00am Power-line/social capital inventory activity (Juliet, Brian, Lillie) 
  • 10:30am Drawbridge activity (Brian, Lillie, Juliet, Cynthia) 
  • 11:30am Pizza lunch from Dante’s 
  • 12:00pm Root causes activity (Spiro/Dan and Sean) 
  • 12:30pm Analysis of school funding bill SB16 (Spiro and Cynthia) 
  • 1:15pm Building on the legislation’s momentum: next steps (Sean) 
  • 1:45pm Reflection on personal and community responsibility (Brian, Lillie) 
  • 2:00pm Departure

What $200 Buys

Actually, here's (see photo) what $180 can do to make a difference for an organization's livelihood. Each co-head from Social Service Board can request up to $200 for any organization they sponsor. The money can be in the form of a check or supplies. For example, Amy and Sabrina spent less than two hundred dollars on a bounty of toys, games and other fun stuff for Rowe Elementary School.

If YOU want to make a request for YOUR specific organization, please consider the following:

  1. Certain organizations are not in need of additional funds. For example, ICRE receives money from the State of Illinois.
  2. Other organizations need funds for daily operational costs (like rent).
  3. Please make your request IN WRITING to Mr. Lawler or Mr. Bolos. Consult with your sponsors regarding how to deliver the funds or the supplies.

Parent-Board Dessert, 2014


On Tuesday, May 27th, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, please plan on attending the Parent-Board Dessert! We will be gathering at the Carlins house.

Please bring both (at least) 1 parent and 1 dessert! Ask 'Bri if you can bring liquid refreshments.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


L-R: Sabrina, Amy, Shyam
Congratulations to our 2014-15 Social Service Board Co-Presidents! #theyrethebest

  1. Amy Androw
  2. Sabrina Carlins
  3. Shyam Thakkar

Monday, April 14, 2014


Wow. What a tremendous effort by so many people with so many moving parts in play. Although attendance is never what we hope for, the entire operation ran without a hitch and everyone had a great time. Best of all, our chosen charity, Shanti Bethel, raised thousands of dollars for children in need.

Special thanks (in no particular order) to:
  • Gand Music & Sound
  • NTHS Physical Plant Services (PPS)
  • Our Social Service Sponsors
  • Stacy Kolack and the Activities Office
  • The Faculty Band, especially Nate Landes
  • The entire New Trier Township Community
  • And, of course, YOU!
Make sure you watch the short video. Lots of familiar faces...

Band Aid 2014 from Spiro Bolos on Vimeo.

The annual fundraiser for New Trier High School's Social Service Board. This year's charity was Shanti Bethel and the line-up featured the following:

1) The Whom
2) Faculty Band
3) Jordan Xidas
4) Nagasaki Watchmen
5) Allie & Sabrina
6) Fruitful Dave
7) Big Brother
8) Free World Seppie

Monday, April 7, 2014

What Do I Say?

What are you supposed to say to fellow students and advisories when you are promoting Band-Aid? Below is a photo of our "talking points" -- use them as your guide!

SSB Co-President Hanner Altman demonstrates how it's done!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Winter Carnival!

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to supervise our two "rides". Special shout-out to those who pulled double- and even triple-duty: you know who you are :)

Winter Carnival from Spiro Bolos on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Metro Community Project - Debrief

After Kelvyn Park's February 6th site visit to New Trier, a few members of Social Service Board participated in an informal debrief for the purposes of documenting our experiences for Dr. Cynthia Taines, of NIU. Some suggestions included:

  1. Creation of a viral video to educate Illinois citizens regarding inequities in school funding
  2. A one-day school Principal "switch" (Kelvyn Park and New Trier principals)
  3. Extension of the project to other area schools 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Metro Community Project - NTHS Site Visit

We had a wonderful visit from the Kelvyn Park High School students yesterday, who were accompanied by their teachers and members of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association. Special thanks to all of the New Trier teachers who volunteered their classrooms and to Principal Hibbard, who not only treated the students to lunch, but also spoke to our group about inequities in school funding.

Winnetka Campus Principal Denise Hibbard answers questions from NTHS and KPHS students

Monday, January 13, 2014

1/10 Speaker: Sam Smith

On Friday, a few of us got to speak with Sam Smith from NYU.  She talked a lot about recruitment, and how we can try to get more volunteers for our groups.

She suggested trying to recruit a few people from many different cliques (band kids, basketball team, chess team, etc.) so that the knowledge of these social service groups can have an easier time spreading around the school. Also, there was discussion on how to improve frosh board.

Finally, she conversed about her different volunteer opportunities and awards that she received in high school.