The Eli’s Cheesecake Company and the

Miguel Juarez Middle School

On June 21, 2006,
students from Miguel Juarez Middle School in Waukegan, Illinois culminated their Learn & Serve Summer Mini-Camp at Eli’s Cheesecake World in Chicago, Illinois. With students and staff from Juarez along with the generosity and graciousness of Marc S. Schulman and the people of Eli’s Cheesecake, the event got under way.

The students and the people of Eli’s indulged in a continental breakfast while introductions and certificates were exchanged to commemorate the day. After the recognition of students and staff, the tour of Eli’s began inside the café. Here, Marc S. Schulman welcomed the students and staff to remind each person the meaning of service learning.

This is the third time students from Juarez Middle School and Eli’s partnered together to share the importance of leadership and citizenship-the backbone of the Learnand Serve philosophy. The students of Juarez Middle School and Eli’s have previously collaborated on Earth Day–April 22nd, 2006. Together, the students and Eli’s employees celebrated Earth Day by cleaning the Eli M. Schulman Playground at Seneca Park. This year was particularly successful because of the leadership and hard work put forth by the combined efforts of 47 middle school students, faculty from the Miguel Juarez Middle school, and Eli’s employees. It is within this collaboration that students,faculty, community, and business truly appreciate the hard work, opportunity, and relationship that is beneficial for the greater good of servicing those around us.

After the tour of the Eli’s Cheesecake World facility, the students, staff, and several Eli’s people embarked to Wright College. During this time, the students were given a taste of college life and enlightened with a brief history of Wright College and post high school pathways. To end this special day, the students and staff headed back to Eli’s for more dining and decorating. Our thanks from Juarez Middle School is extended, again, to Marc S. Schulman, President of Eli’s Cheesecake, Erin Arceo (significant other to Ray Arceo), Donna Carberry, and the people of Eli’s in making this relationship and partnership successful.