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NSCD held a Fall Day of Service on Saturday, November 13, benefiting The Bloc in Chicago and Connections for the Homeless. More than 200 food items were donated on Saturday for The Bloc, supplementing what had already been collected by an upper school student-led food drive.

The Bloc is an enrichment program that provides mentoring and academic support to teens in Chicago while teaching them how to box, and also provides a food pantry for those enrolled. The organization, which is one of NSCD’s newer community partners, is also a partner of the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation.

In addition, the school community collected toiletry items, supplies and other items for longtime community partner Connections for the Homeless, which runs a shelter and drop-in center for people experiencing homelessness. Meanwhile, parents, students, faculty and staff volunteered at Connections sorting clothing donations, while other school families prepared and packed meals.

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Take 10 Play Festival

North Shore Country Day’s annual 10-minute play festival “Take 10” returned to the stage on April 13. For the first time in three years, students performed their original plays in front of a live audience with performances in the NSCD Auditorium.

All seven plays were written, produced and directed by students in the upper school directing class. Some were based on personal experience, observations and media events, while others stemmed from pure creativity. Once the scripts were finalized, the student directors held auditions, cast the roles and ran their own rehearsals.

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