Students Shed Uniforms for Service

Students got to indulge in a little casual wear this week, as each school had its own Service Day, where students can donate two dollars to a worthy cause and leave their blazers and skirts at home for a day.

This week, the Middle School service day proceeds will go to the SPCA. The service day theme was crazy hair, with casual clothes. Service days occur about once a month at the Middle School, and usually raise between $350 to $400.

“At the Middle School, dates, themes, and charities for our Service Days are decided by the Student Council, and then approved by the Director,” says Jim Williams.

The charities considered come from a combination of the following: groups which have been supported in past years, such as Santas Anonymous or the BC Children’s Hospital; organizations most people are familiar with, such as the SPCA and Terry Fox Foundation; and those of interest to specific students, such as the service day in preparation for a student’s trip to the Mother Theresa orphanage in India.

“Last school year, over $5000 was donated to various charities through service days at the Middle School,” says Mr. Williams.

At the Junior School, students raised money for UNICEF, who provided them with trick-or-treating bags this Halloween. They chose UNICEF to both thank them for the bags, which were distributed instead of the traditional UNICEF boxes, and because they felt it was a worthy cause.

The Senior School decided to support a local family who had come under hard times after the mother was diagnosed with cancer. Grade 11 student Riordan Forsyth pioneered the initiative to support the family and the Senior School students’ efforts will help the family pay bills and rent.

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