The spirit of community service and volunteerism is alive in a Battlefords school.
Wednesday Sept. 21 was Community Service and Awareness Day at John Paul II Collegiate with the community service fair in the school library. The fair allows local groups to set up displays and have the students learn about and sign up for the different volunteering opportunities in the community.
School Chaplain Roxanne Stynsky said each John Paul II student has to complete 10 hours of community service per year through a Christian Ethics class.
“Most kids achieve more than that. We have kids that have completed up to 300 to 400 community service hours in one year that are striving and have passions for different organizations. Community service is a big passion in our school and something that we definitely promote and want our kids to engage in,” she said.
Stynsky said the entire Light of Christ School Division is promoting community service this year in its schools, classrooms and school groups.
“We believe that we are fortunate, we are gifted and we have many talents to share,” Stynsky said. “Through providing volunteer opportunities for our students to do they can appreciate as well as get involved in our own community to make our community a better place.”
Grade 12 student Bailee Taylor was one of the students who attended the fair.
“Volunteering to me means that you’re expanding your horizons towards new opportunities throughout the community,” she said.
Taylor added when the students get to meet the community organizations it isn’t just an opportunity for the students, it’s also an opportunity for the organizations.
“Lots of these people come every year and I think they kind of get passed by if they don’t come, because then nobody really knows about them,” she said. “So I think it’s good that they come and let everybody see what they are and what they’re all about.”
Matt Kelly is battlefordsNOW's town municipal affairs and community reporter. He can be reached at [email protected] or tweet him @mattjkelly2.
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