Happy Earth Day!
Though we're disappointed we're unable to celebrate with our annual event, we can still honor the day by highlighting the next generation of problem solvers on the Comer Education Campus. Through STEM-based education and real-life experiences on our campus and beyond, youth have broadened their horizons while gaining valuable skills. Our goal is to spark the curiosity that inspires young people to dream about solutions for the planet they'll inherit.
Comer Crops shares early spring harvest with community members in need
Local residents purchase produce at our farm stand, summer 2019.
We've been shrinking Chicago’s food desert for the past decade. Since opening in 2006, the campus rooftop garden and farm has produced 100,000 pounds of produce with an average of 12,000 lbs annually. Our record for the largest yield in one season was 23,000 lbs.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Comer Crops has distributed 350 pounds of arugula, collards, kale, and spinach so far. The produce has been shared with a senior residential center, and food pantries in the South Chicago Food Network, including Our Lady Gate of Heaven and Carey Temple A.M.E. Church. A network of small business owners and chefs also provide food to out-of-work staff.
Science is everywhere; Science is everything!
On March 3, Comer Family Foundation recorded a video with students in Ms. Stevens' 9th grade environmental science class at Gary Comer College Prep on the Comer Education Campus. The original intent was to celebrate Earth Day’s 50th year with young people passionate about science and the environment. On March 16, Chicago Public Schools closed to slow the spread of COVID-19. The prescient voices in the video suddenly took on a new weight. This group of 9th graders shows the kind of hope, depth, and fortitude required to meet the challenges we face now, and as we rebuild our world.
Virtual programming sparks creative uses for recycling at home
Taiya at home with her fashionable sculpture.
Taiya Williams, a middle school student, joined art teacher Daria Amerik's virtual enrichment art programming. She made a jellyfish out of plastic bottles and matching headpiece and earrings. She was inspired by our plastic bottle projects from earlier in the school year.