On Religion, The Media and Life as a 20-something in Chicago

ELGIN — Madeline “Maddy” Stone, 19, of St. Charles was one of about seven Elgin Academy graduates and current students laying out breakfast for two dozen or so clients on a recent early morning at PADS of Elgin. It was a small act — like one St. Therese of Liseux described when she said, “Pick up a pin for the love of God, and count the day well spent.” It was an act that might have gone overlooked, except for the video camera. But the documentary Stone is making this summer isn’t about her own volunteer work, even though as a high-schooler she had helped coordinate Elgin Academy volunteers to prepare breakfast Thursday mornings at the shelter. She also expanded the school’s efforts over the summer months, with help from her family. Rather, she said, “I want to spotlight an organization that really is effective.” “It’s something that’s important to me, and I’ve always wanted to do a project around it. I wasn’t sure what to do until Ryan suggested a documentary,” Stone said. For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News.

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Documenting what is working (Sun-Times Media)

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