Our Schools Serving the Public Good
Having traveled the province, AISCA staff know 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 want to highlight just a few examples:
Living Waters Christian Academy: Walk-a-thon to Build a School in Guatelmala
Living Waters Christian Academy in Spruce Grove and the region of Chijulha in Guatemala have begun a partnership that will benefit children for generations to come. In May Living Waters began fundraising to build a school in a mountainous region of Guatemala that has thousands of children but no school. The school received a grant from the St Johns Legacy foundation and raised additional money through staff, board, and family and friend donations. The student awareness and fundraising Walk A Thon on Friday, Oct 28 brought in the last $14,000.
Students, parents, staff, board, Mayor Houston, Legacy Foundation director Peter Jackson, and Impact Ministries director Les Peters were at the school and we presented a cheque for $45,000 to Impact Ministries. We connected to the new school site in Guatemala via Skype to participate in the sod turning; the people in Guatemala expressed their gratitude, commenting that the school will bless the families for an hours walk in all directions.
Living Waters has partnered with Impact Ministries for 18 years, sending students to do the work of building schools, putting on children’s programs, and visiting orphanages and hospitals. In March the grade 11 class will be going to Guatemala to help construct the school that they have raised the money to build.
High Level Christian Academy: Impacting our World One Cup of Hot Cocoa at a Time
Part of the grade 6 Social Studies curriculum encourages students to be active citizens and make a difference in their community. While in class discussions our community is focused on our school, for the months of November and December our grade 5/6 class decided to turn our focus internationally. Choosing two global organizations who work to help families, the class decided to help by providing animals through Compassion Canada and to also help an organization fighting slavery, the International Justice Mission.
Our class decided to run a Hot Cocoa and Hot Cider stand two recesses a week to raise funds for these organizations. Each student in our class has donated a couple of dollars for start-up costs and all the proceeds will be split between these two organizations. The stand has been a hit and the grade 5/6 students are very eager to take their turns at the table!
NOTE: To share how your school or ECS program is positively impacting either the local or global community, please submit pictures and brief write-ups to [email protected] for consideration of inclusion in upcoming newsletters.