Despite the current global crisis, Academy High students Briana Ballard ‘21 and Sophia Libman ‘24 are determined to make a difference. Community involvement has always been a core value for both students, which resulted in them creating a student-led community outreach club called the Caring Crew that comprises eighteen students from all four grade levels. 

The Caring Crew is driven to finding opportunities that provide service, build character, and develop leadership in the community. The club will support local organizations both by volunteering and with financial needs. Recently the Caring Crew partnered with Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation for their 8th annual Cupcake Run. When students sign up, the funds will go towards CUSR’s Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support to individuals who need access to CUSR programs. Members of the Caring Crew’s Family Support Group––Rosie Atkinson 23’, Hannah Moore 23’, Eleanor Laufenberg 24’, Suhani Garg 24’, and Hadley Siena 24’––also organized a card-making project in October to support the residents and staff of Clark-Lindsey, a local retirement community.  Caring Crew members are currently working on organizing a school-wide community service project to support families in Champaign-Urbana for the upcoming fall holiday season.   If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the Caring Crew at

An extension of Academy High’s commitment this year to expand our involvement in our local community, the Caring Crew is a wonderful example of how AH students put their passions and ideas into action!

‘Caring Crew’ Launches New Community Service Effort