Posts Tagged Earth Day

2010 Earth Day-Eli’s Playground Clean Up with Miguel Juarez School is Tomorrow!

Eli’s Playground clean up with Miguel Juarez School is part of the Learn & Serve Initiative started by Governor Quinn. The tradition started in the 1990′s when the city of Chicago celebrated the opening of the Eli M. Schulman Playground and the reconstruction of Seneca Park. Come and visit!
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Eli’s Celebrates Earth Day with Miguel Juarez Middle School of Waukegan-over 300 Juarez students submit entries for a special Earth Day 2007 T-shirt

On Saturday, April 21, 2007, 45 students from the Miguel Juarez Middle School in Waukegan traveled to the Magnificent Mile in Chicago to spruce up the Eli M. Schulman Playground and Seneca Park. This is the second year that students from Juarez have participated in this activity funded by a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education and administered through the office of Lt. Governor Pat Quinn.

This year Juarez students competed to design the T-shirt that the students were given on the day of the event. The winning entry was designed by 8th Grade student, Jackie Maldonado and the second place winner was 7th grade student, Marisol Ciriaco.

The winning entry by Jackie Maldonado is shown above. Several of the over 300 entries are highlighted below.

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Eli’s Cheesecake and the Students and Staff at the Miguel Juarez Middle School Celebrate Earth Day by sprucing up the Eli M. Schulman Playground at Seneca Park

It had to be the most beautiful Earth Day–April 22nd–in Chicago History. Continuing a long time annual tradition, the people of Eli’s Cheesecake with the support of the Chicago Park District and Engine Company 98 of the Chicago Fire Department gathered for the annual Spruce-Up of the Eli M. Schulman Playground at Seneca Park.

What made this year most special and successful was the leadership and hard work of 47 middle school students plus teachers from the Miguel Juarez Middle School in Waukegan, Illinois, Recently renamed in honor of the late Police Chief in Waukegan, the students at Juarez have a commitment to community service. We thank Barbara Dolinger, Student Advisor, and Ray Arceo, Physical Education Instructor (and husband of Eli’s Erin Arceo) for their support in making this day possible.

We also thank all of the students for helping contribute to the beauty of Streeterville and the Magnificent Mile. These students gave up much of their Saturday and travelled almost 50 miles to help clean up this playground that is used by so many visitors and residents. Several of these young people had recently moved to this country and this was their first visit to the Magnificent Mile. What a great demonstration of character by youth and a great committment of support by their faculty advisors.

For over 100 years, Engine Company 98 has protected the Streeterville Community. We are very grateful of their protection today of our neighborhood and for keeping a watchful eye over Seneca Park and its Eli M, Schulman Playground. Our thanks today to Captain Madden and the men and woman of Engine Company 98 who hosted our breakfast with the students this morning

Engine Company 98 is located just west of the Eli M. Schulman Playground. To the west of the firehouse is Chicago’s historic Water Works and the home of the world famous Lookingglass Theatre.


Our thanks to Eli’s, Sarah Zupancic, Maryanne Gaw, and Donna Carberry for organizing such a successful Earth Day activity. Also to Len Simkowski, Mary Gale, Mark Bouchard and Diana Moles for supporting the students and making sure the Playground will be tip-top for the season.

Our thanks to Eli’s Erin Arceo, and to her husband, Ray Arceo, physical education instructor at Miquel Juarez Middle School, who introduced us to these great kids.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Sponsors Friends of the Parks Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean-Up and Plans Eli’s clean-up of Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground

This year, Earth Day falls on Saturday, April 22nd. Earth Day began in 1970 as a way to increase conciousness of the evironment and our open spaces.

In Chicago, Friends of the Park partners with the Chicago Park District and the Cook County Forest Preserve District to invite concerned citizens to get involved by cleaning public spaces.

At Eli’s, we have been a supporter of Earth Day and Friends of the Parks since 1991 when we helped sponsor a Playground Clean-Up Day to bring families and children to their neighborhood playgrounds to get ready for a summer of fun.

Today the Playground Clean-Up Day is part of Earth Day and Eli’s is supporting Friends of the Parks citywide activities with monetary support.

In addition, Eli’s associates and their families are donating part of the day on Saturday, March 22nd to clean our special place, the Eli M. Schulman Playground and Seneca Park just east of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

We will also have special activities at the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe at Eli’s Cheesecake World for our guests.

Congratulations to Yomali Mendoza, a 13 year old, at the Helen C. Pierce School in Chicago for her winning T-shirt design for the 2006 Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean-Up Day

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Eli’s Proud to be a Sponsor of Friends of the Parks Earth Day Celebration 2005

Eli’s has been a long time supporter of Friends of the Parks and the Earth Day Celebration. When we undertook the campaign to rebuild Seneca Park and create the Eli M. Schulman Playground, it was Friends of the Parks that provided us with technical experience to complete the project. Since that completion date in 1990, we have worked with Friends of the Parks to promote the enhancement and maintenance of playlots on a city-wide basis. For a number of years, we sponsored a Playlot Spruce-Up Day, which has now been rolled up into Earth Day.

On Saturday, April 23rd. Friends of the Parks helped organize community clean-ups throughout the City followed by an Earth Day Celebration at the Humboldt Park Boat House.

Eli’s will have its own Playground Spruce-Up Celebration on Saturday, May 7th, 2005, when we come together for the morning to clean and prepare Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground for the season.


Congrats to Marta Reyes of Gallistel Branch School for her winning T-shirt Entry

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