Leo Catholic HS Students Help Clean Up 79th Street After Days Of Looting, Property Damage

Mike Krauser
June 04, 2020 - 2:36 pm
Students from Leo Catholic High School in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side cleaned up 79th Street on Thursday, following several days of property damage and looting.  

Shaka Rawls

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Students from Leo Catholic High School in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side cleaned up 79th Street on Thursday, following several days of property damage and looting.  

Leo High School President Dan McGrath said the images of kids dashing out of stores with loot under their arms casts a bad light on a generation of young African Americans.

“And we really want to dispel that image. We want to show an image of young men doing positive, constructive things, which our young guys do every day of their lives," he said.

Young men like Damon Ward and Chandler McMahan, incoming seniors.

“The looting is only proving other people’s perspective of us," Ward said, "like the people who have a negative perspective of people of our color, they’re proving their point, basically.”

McMahan said, “we know that we can’t change everybody in the world, but we can most definitely change certain individuals to make sure that one can affect all.”

Shaka Rawls, the principal, said his students are always volunteering.

“The rioters that are seen on TV is just a small fraction of our community. What we wanted to show is that we have a community of young men, almost 200 young men, who are out doing great work every single day," he said.

They’re also feeding people, along with the Big Shoulders Fund, in a neighborhood that’s lost some stores.