Submitted by Jessica Collingridge-On Wednesday April 14, the junior classes at QC Secondary (grades 8, 9, and 10) took part in a volunteer day. The students had to participate in activities that either needed to be done, could benefit the community or they could get credit for the volunteering they are doing already.
These activities are not only in place to help out the community, they are also for the teens’ benefits. The teachers involved believe that volunteering helps students to increase social awareness, learn through service, develop life skills, gain work experience, explore career options and expand their social circle.
Some students chose to clean up garbage in Skidegate and Queen Charlotte. Some visited the elders at the hospital. Many decided that activities for kids around Queen Charlotte are essential, so they chose to build bike tracks at M+B (with the help of Mark Hawse) as well as at Chris Compton’s, because bike tracks help to keep kids off the roads. Patrick Shannon volunteered at the library, where employers at the library liked his work so much, he was offered a job working there.
Some other activities included: helping set up the Port Clements Easter egg hunt, clearing the Gore Brook trail, helping the planning of the Tlell fall fair, lining the Port soccer field, volunteer teaching assistant at the elementary school with the grade 7 class, clearing beaver dams in Sandspit with the Junior Rangers, helping to open the Skidegate drop-in center for kids and helping at the SPCA.
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