OLCHS will host its first We All Live Here Festival to spread a positive message about diversity and inclusion. Led by Instructional Assistant and Media Productions Club sponsor Phillip Armstrong, Spartan clubs, teams, committees, and organizations will gather for an entire day and evening of bringing the community together to fundraise and give back to the school and to motivate students to join activities and become more involved in the community. Activities include a bounce house, soccer tournament, face painting, button making, an obstacle course, basketball, and guest speakers. The festival will culminate on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. with a special concert by the Chicago Children’s Choir.
Phillip Armstrong reflected on the festival. “There’s a lot to be said when your students want to give back and serve their own community. This is what Oak Lawn Community High School is all about- #olchspride. As a proud alumni and educator of this institution, my job and responsibility extends beyond the classroom. I’d like for OLCHS students to have developed a positive attitude of I can; I will; I serve. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once stated, ‘Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve . . . you only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.’”