Our partnership with Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP began in 2012, when they provided a generous grant to engage students from José de Diego Community Academy (Chicago, IL) in our Buddy Bison environmental education program. Since that time the students have participated in a variety of outdoor experiences. In addition, teachers received our Buddy Bison toolkit filled with resources to incorporate environmental education into lesson plans throughout the year.
Last month, the students had the opportunity to meet with a naturalist from the Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum in Chicago and take a guided tour and nature hike. To celebrate the end of the school year, the students will travel to Indiana Dunes where they will explore the diverse ecosystems of the national lakeshore.
"We at Katten, Muchin Rosenman, LLP are delighted to partner with National Park Trust to sponsor José de Diego Community Academy as a Buddy Bison school. The feedback from the students and teachers has been so positive; parks are wonderful places for students to learn and enjoy," stated Megan McKeon, senior marketing manager.
Through the Katten Cares program, employees also help the school with programs designed to improve students’ literacy, increase their use of technology, and encourage and reward academic achievement. Katten attorneys and staff engage in diverse activities with the school, including tutoring and reading programs, the Lawyers in the Classroom program, and a holiday book drive.