One of the Service Department’s goals this year is to provide all students with meaningful volunteer opportunities, allowing them to “give back.” Various activities are well underway. Approximately 60 students are part of the service leadership group. They meet weekly to learn leadership skills pertaining to service and organized last week’s Cops for Cancer event. The Victoria Foundation – Youth in Philanthropy group works to support the foundation’s motto of “connecting people who care with causes that matter.” This group explores their own values and priorities in order to align them with the needs of Victoria.
Another 100 students are involved in the Free the Children group, which works on promoting and fundraising for the Free the Children organization and its many involvements with disadvantaged children around the world. Approximately 40 students were in Vancouver last week for Free the Children’s Me to We day.
There will be two international service trips; one to the Dominican Republic and the other to Kenya. These will provide an opportunity to work abroad with leadership training, cultural learning, and thus will increase global understanding and personal awareness.
Application forms are presently being collected from students requesting to be on our service newsletter distribution list, which will help students locate unique volunteer opportunities other than the regular school organized activities.
Our Junior and Middle schools are also full into service by offering their students many opportunities inside and outside the school. All schools will be focusing on cancer awareness during the first month of school and will then begin to support the needs of our local community – specifically the disadvantaged people of the downtown family.
Any students who would like more information on any of the above mentioned should contact Mr. Kevin Cook or myself.