Having traveled the province, AISCA staff knows the incredible ways that our schools and ECS programs reach out to, connect with, and support, the community around them. Some of the schools have focused on support for local charities or organizations, while others have taken a global perspective on responsible citizenship. In this section we once again wish to highlight two examples:
River Valley School:
Helping others in need”; “taking care of the environment”; “practicing kindness”: these are a handful of descriptions offered by students at River Valley School when asked what outreach means to them. Teachers, administrators, students, and parents at RVS have all played a role in creating a community where giving back is second nature. RVS is committed to the completion of at least one local and one global charity each year.
Regularly going above and beyond these commitments, students have gathered school supplies for classrooms in need, sung together with local seniors, and actively participated in composting and recycling programs. In an amazing example of environmental stewardship, students from RVS built garden boxes, filled them with soil, planted a variety of organic vegetables, and ensured water and weeding practices were undertaken. In the fall, the students harvested their bounty, which they then donated to the local community food bank as an outreach initiative.
Parkland Immanuel Christian School
Back in December one student decided that PICS should establish a Hair Massacure school team. It was his hope to get 10-15 kids and maybe a teacher involved in this event. Little did he know what would occur next. In the following month the team grew by leaps and bounds, and in the end there were 28 students and 2 teachers registered in the event!!! The team of students and staff truly reflected the true meaning of LIFE – Learning In Faith Everyday — the school motto. An organizing parent expressed that “it was truly amazing to see how they wanted to help out kids and others that are affected by cancer!”
During the months of January and February, all the participants pinked or donated their hair, and individually raised money to go towards the Stollery Children’s Hospital and Make a Wish Foundation. They also had two team led fund raising events: a hotdog sale, and canvasing the neighbourhood.
On Feb 24th, 28 kids and 2 teachers walked into West Edmonton Mall as a team, where most bravely shaved off all their hair! They had 6 girls participating, 3 of which shaved their hair, and 1 donated her hair prior to the event. In total the team raised $16,872.10!!!