Creative in the Community

Jamie Justice, PT, WCS, and Sam Eakes, DPT, took part in this year’s Girls on the Run DeKalb County Program last May. Sam represented the clinic while Jamie coached the St. Mary School DeKalb’s team. Read about it here.

Mark Mattson serves on the steering committee for the DeKalb/Sycamore Bookcase Project, emceeing its annual fundraising literacy banquet and last month helped to set up the awards ceremony at Faranda’s. Each bookcase is constructed from scratch by a team of volunteer craftsmen, personalized with a brass nameplate and stocked with a library of donated books appropriate for new readers aged 4-6. Led by former mayor John Rey, the project is now in it’s ninth year, promoting early childhood literacy for over 400 local families.

Bookcases and boxes filled with books await each child at Faranda’s.
The DeKalb/Sycamore Bookcase Project Literacy Banquet
Checking out the new bookcase for a proper fit.
Kids stand next to their bookcases at the awards ceremony.
Father and son inspect the new library.

Mark also had the privilege to represent the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce during the scholarship awards ceremony at DeKalb High School. With money raised through the Chamber’s annual New Teachers Welcome event, two scholarships are presented to deserving DeKalb High School students who plan to attend NIU, Kishwaukee College, or other nearby area colleges.

Mark also completed his first school year as a youth mentor (formerly Big Brothers/Big Sisters) for the Family Service Agency. Every two weeks, Mark met with his “little brother” at one of the middle schools to have lunch, play a few games, make a few TikTok videos, and chat. He’s looking forward to hanging out with his buddy this summer. Here’s a photo of the two of them at a recent Family Service Agency bowling event.

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