Smith Park Has Been Beautified!

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society (KDP) hosted an event on Saturday April 13th, from 9:00am- 12:00pm.  This event was sponsored with a grant awarded to the SEA from the Illinois Education Association (IEA).  SEA members, GSU faculty, Lions Club, and community volunteers beautified Smith Park in Chicago Heights.  During the event volunteers planted bushes, spread mulch, painted a bench, and cleaned up trash and twigs.  This was a great event that helped beautify both the Chicago Heights Community and Earth.

The SEA would like to thank the 40 volunteers that gave up their Saturday morning to participate in this service project.  We would also like to thank the Smith Park staff for allowing us to work in their park.

Written by Keelin Crotty

Beautification Day

Taking Care of Our World

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (KDP) are hosting an event the weekend before Earth Day on Saturday, April 13th, from 9:00am-12:00pm.  This event is part of a grant awarded to the SEA from the Illinois Education Association (IEA).  We will be beautifying Smith Park in Chicago Heights (1435 Scott Avenue).  During the event, volunteers will have the opportunity to plant trees, bushes, flowers, as well as pull weeds and clean up trash in order to beautify Smith Park.  This will be a great event that helps the Chicago Heights community and the Earth alike!

All are welcome to attend the event – GSU faculty and students, friends, family, and members of the community. RSVP required.  For further questions and to RSVP email Aimee York

Written by Keelin Crotty.


Literacy Night was Super!

The Student Education Association (SEA) and Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society (KDP) took part in a Literacy Night on Wednesday February 27th, 2019 from 5:30- 7pm at Monee Elementary School- district 201.  The theme for literacy night was “Superheroes.”  Students from Monee Elementary and family members were able to partake in six different activities.  The literacy activities gave students the opportunity to engage in reading and writing in fun ways.  Students left with literacy crafts they made such as superhero masks, comic strips, and decorated cookies.  Volunteers worked with students at each center to ensure they had a positive experience.

The SEA/ KDP committee would like to thank Monee Elementary for allowing us to participate in their Literature Night Event.  We would also like to thank all the pre-service teachers and professors that volunteered for the event.

Written by Keelin Crotty


Help Support OT Fest

Governors State University MOT Program, Student Education Association, and Kappa Delta Pi are hosting a day at The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park for students at Speed on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 9am-12:30pm.

We’d love to see you join us! Exciting fall-themed activities are planned. There will be a tour of the park, games, and crafts for the students.

In order to fund this event the MOT program and student organizations are selling bracelets for $3.00. The orange ones say, “Therapy & Art Good for the Heart”, “I’m a Friend of Nate” and the white bracelets say, “Lets Makes Obstacles Obsolete.”

OT Fest Bracelets

For more information, please contact Jessica White at

Flyer: GSU SPEED bracelet flyer

HUGE Success! – Disaster Relief Project

Disaster Relief Project (NEA Grant)

Collection: January 29 thru February 21
Sorting and Packing event: Tuesday, February 27

The Student Education Association (SEA) at Governors State University organized a disaster relief project funded by a National Education Association (NEA) grant. This event benefited residents of Texas affected by the hurricanes in fall 2017. This project and grant focused on helping South Houston High School, along with their students, teachers, and families. SEA at GSU collaborated with the high school, NEA retired teachers, and the SEA chapter at San Jacinto College.

The first goal of the event was to upgrade the outside area at South Houston High School (SHHS). The outside area used for lunch and classes was damaged by the hurricane. The beautification and landscaping were completed on Saturday, March 24 by the high school baseball team, 10-12 other high school students, and the SEA members from San Jacinto College. $600 worth of local landscaping such as dirt, mulch, plants, and trees were purchased or donated for less than $200 total due to the generosity of a local landscaping store in Houston. With the available funds, the school was also able to purchase 3 picnic tables and two mesh metal trashcans for use in the outdoor space.

The second goal of the disaster relief project was to collect school supplies, as well as personal care items, to be donated to school children in Texas. The culminating event of this project took place on Tuesday, February 27 in the G Atrium. At this time, more than 15 SEA members, faculty, and other volunteers worked together to sort items and package them for transport to Texas. The school in Texas will be receiving six boxes bursting with donations of notebooks, earphones, pens, shampoo, soap, and a variety of other materials for their students. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated to this wonderful cause.

SEA leaders and advisors who wrote and organized the grant: Reyna Hernandez, Jessica White, Dr. Katy Hisrich, Dr. Amy Vujaklija

Thank you to everyone who helped! Our Disaster Relief Project wouldn’t have been such a huge success without each and everyone’s support.

Reality Store Event – Volunteers Needed!

Columbia Central Middle School in looking for volunteers for their Reality Store event.

Thursday, May 10th, 2018
7:30am – 2:15pm
Columbia Central Middle School in Steger, IL


Reality Store is a financial simulation where students are assigned careers and make decisions about their budgets and lifestyles. Students receive “paychecks” and random information regarding individual marital status and parenthood. They also receive checkbooks and instructions on making purchases.

Volunteers staff stations, two placed at each booth. Stations include taxes, financial institution, real estate, apparel, car dealer, day care, gasoline, charities, entertainment, “fate,” grocery store, insurance, and utilities.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided!

If interested, please RSVP to or call 708-753-8400.

Columbia Central Middle School

Student IEA Conference – REGISTER NOW!

The Student Illinois Education Association (IEA) 2018 Spring Conference will be held on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7, 2018. All Governors State students in SEA who are planning a career as a future teacher are encouraged to attend.

The conference is split into TWO days:

  1. April 6SERVICE PROJECT @ Hubble Middle School in Warrenville from 12-3:15pm. Conference attendees will work with middle school students at multiple stations, leading activities such as craft projects, read alouds, games, etc. Dinner buffet will be provided. One-night stay in a hotel (optional).
  2. April 7 – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT @ the Hilton Hotel in Lisle/Naperville from 8:45am-3:15pm (3003 Corporate West Drive
    Lisle, Illinois 60532 USA). Those who register for this event will get to choose what elective sessions they would like to attend. These sessions include discussions about how to develop student assessments, how the law will impact teaching, effective classroom management strategies, classroom communities, and teaching with technology. In addition, attendees can choose to go to either an elementary teacher panel or a middle and high school teacher panel. Breakfast and lunch buffets will be provided.

For more detailed information on this event, click here.
You can also contact our IEA Student Vice-President Jessica Dunahoo,
If you would like to register for the Student IEA Spring 2018 Conference, click here.

Receive the early-bird discount if you register before March 20!
Registration Deadline: April 2, 2018.


March 23rd – Literacy Project

On March 23rd, SEA will be conducting its last literacy project this year. Please join us in reading books with children as well as participating in literacy-related activities. We hope to see you there!

Ronald McDonald House 
211 E. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Friday, March 23rd from 7:30-9pm

To volunteer, please send an email to Hannah Gruben, or Reyna Hernandez,

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March 15th – Literacy Project

On March 15th, SEA will be conducting its third out of four literacy projects this year. Please join us in reading books to children as well as participating in literacy-related activities. We hope to see you there!

Together We Cope
17010 Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477
Thursday, March 15th from 4-6pm

To volunteer, please send an email to Michelle Westergaard, or Jessica Dunahoo,

Together We Cope

March 1st Literacy Project

On March 1st, SEA will be conducting its first out of four literacy projects this year. Please join us in reading winter themed books with children as well as participating in literacy-related activities and arts & crafts. We hope to see you there!

South Suburban PADS 
4411 W. Gatling Blvd, Country Club Hills
Thursday, March 1st from 4-6pm

To volunteer, please send an email to Sireen Hamarshah, or Brianna Fabsits,

South Sub PADS Literacy Project Flyer-page-001