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Canterbury Elementary School, Comcast NBCUniversal team up for project

More than 100 volunteers will “make change happen” at Canterbury Elementary School in Crystal Lake on May 4, which is Comcast Cares Day, the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer event.

This is the fourth consecutive year Comcast NBCUniversal and the Canterbury community will come together to work on outdoor revitalization projects at the school. This year’s Comcast Cares Day event will be led by Canterbury Community Council member and parent Michelle Archambeau, in collaboration with Comcast Cares team leaders Christopher Peck and Joan Sage. 

This year, volunteers – including students, staff, parents, Comcast employees and community members – will work on all necessary repairs and additions to the school’s new greenhouse, as well as clean up and beautify the school’s grounds by planting hardy, native annuals and perennials, as well as flowers to attract pollinators for the school’s community garden (last year’s Community Cares Day project).

This year’s new projects include adding a food pantry shed, compost system, rain barrel, garden trellises and shelving for Canterbury’s community clothing drive.

The workday will kick off at
8:30 a.m. and extend through the afternoon. The public is welcome to stop by to observe the work in progress or dig in and participate.

To volunteer, visit

“On behalf of Canterbury, I’d like to thank Comcast NBCUniversal, Michelle Archambeau and Christopher Peck for initiating and leading this project. I’d also like to thank the Canterbury PTO and all the volunteers for their hard work and dedication on Comcast Cares Day,” Canterbury Principal Stacy Graff said. “Thanks to their help, we will be able to further enhance the school grounds and beautiful outdoor classroom garden, where we are able to teach students about horticulture as well as grow and share fresh produce with our school community.”

In 2018, the Comcast Foundation awarded a $3,200 grant to Canterbury Elementary School. The grant was based on the number of volunteers involved in last year’s event and was used to help fund the greenhouse and purchase of gardening books for the school’s library.

The Comcast Foundation again will provide a grant in recognition of the Comcast employees and many volunteers who give their time during Comcast Cares Day. This grant will support the goals and mission of Canterbury Elementary School’s PTO.

“As we celebrate our 18th annual Comcast Cares Day, we are proud to partner with Canterbury Elementary School to make a difference in the Crystal Lake community,” said John Crowley, Comcast Greater Chicago Region’s senior vice president. “It’s truly amazing what’s possible in a day, when 6,500 volunteers in the Chicago region donate their time to make a difference in the lives of others. I’m inspired by the community’s response to Comcast Cares Day, and I thank the participants who helped to make this effort a success.” 

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