Casa Italia | Italian Cultural Center - 3800 Division Street Stone Park, IL 60165

Testimonials

QuotesI just wanted to take a moment to share our experience about the Italian Camp at Casa Italia. Please feel free to use as a parent testimonial for any public advertisement for your camp.  My 9 year old son Johnny started going to camp at Casa Italia last summer. He was very reluctant to go, as he never enjoyed camp in the past.  After picking him up the first day, he said “I love this camp, can you sign me up every year?”

As a parent, I was so delighted that he had a great first day, but wasn’t sure how long he would keep this positive attitude.For the next several weeks, he looked forward to going everyday. His happiness was worth the hour drive back and forth as I saw ” a new Johnny” who learned to love Italian culture, traditions, values, and recipes.As a first generation parent in the US, I feel that a lot of the Italian culture my father brought to our family is getting lost with the next generation.The Casa Italia camp allows for us to continue to celebrate our Italian culture, and keep it alive in the younger children.My son wishes that he could go to school there year round, and I have to say, I agree with him.

Thank you for teaching our young children the Italian culture, we are blessed to have this opportunity, and I look forward to my 2 younger children attending there when they are old enough.To any parent considering this summer program, I promise you will be very pleased with your children’s experience, and they too will share the joy of attending such a wonderful camp program.

Sincerely,
Melissa DeFrenza-Israel

 

QuotesI was in the summer camp last year and not only has it helped me on Italian, but it changed me to becoming a better person, out in the world and towards the environment.
Sadly, I am over the age limit to be in the camp again, but i wanted to say thank you for welcoming me to your family. I miss being in Casa Italia everyday. I have made so many wonderful friends in the camp and have gotten close to the teachers too.

I was never scared when I got in the camp. Everyone was welcoming and i felt safe. Everyday at Casa Italia was an adventure for me and it was very hot outside too! I loved learning to play games like Scopa! and Bocce Ball. I enjoyed playing calcio and help make a garden with everyone. I learned how to cook the Italian way and I indulged myself into the wonderful food that was provided. Best of all, I learned a lot about the history and language. I was overwhelmed at how amazing this camp truly was. By the time the camp ended, i ended up crying when i got home. Saying goodbye was the hardest part for me. I felt like Casa Italia was my real home.

I am not Italian. Although I wish. I remember telling my teachers, “I’ll do anything to have a drop of Ialian blood in me. Even if it’s one tiny little drop of Italian blood.”

I love Italy and the rich culture and history it has to offer. Along with that, you can’t forget the cuisine and the amazing people as well!
I am excited to say that i will be returning soon for festivals, dinners, and hopefully some Italian lessons! I keep up to date with Fra Noi all the time! I’ll stop by sometime at the office to say hi too! Grazie Mille Casa Italia…for everything.
Ti amo! Ci vediamo dopo!

-Chelsea

 

Quotes“During this four-week language camp, our children have learned a great deal about the Italian language, culture, music, and arts.  Most of all, they have had a positive and rewarding experience that they will surely never forget.

For many of the children, the Italian language that was spoken by grandparents, or great-grandparents, is slowly dwindling away.  We are fortunate to have programs such as this that inspire and teach children at a young age the beauty of our language and culture.

Casa Italia and the Italian Cultural Center are truly cornerstones of the Italian-American community.  It is because of the generous support of our sponsors that we can continue to grow and prosper for the next generation to enjoy.”

– Michelle Miulli – Parent, Summer Camp 2011

 

Quotes“I want to thank you and all the people involved in Casa Italia’s summer camp, for the wonderful experience you provided to our girls this summer. They enjoyed themselves, and we enjoyed watching them learn so much about Italian language and culture.

We are most grateful for the dedication and devotion that you and all the teachers and assistants and people who “make the camp go” provide every year for this educational adventure for children.  Thank you for the tremendous amount of work that goes into this enrichment program. “

– Theresa Amato