This past week was National Volunteer Week and Earth Week. The thing about celebrating weeks like this is that we hope that we raise awareness of important ideas. What we really hope will happen is that those ideas spread!
We have Earth Week activities at KCS:
- Meatless Monday
- Trashless Tuesday
- Walk to School Wednesday
- Turn off the Lights Thursday
- Fill your Water Bottle Friday
- Grade 7 service learning students reminded classes about energy conservation, water conservation, recycling, rain forest preservation, and more.
- Grade 1 students participated in workshops presented by older students about water conservation and recycling.
- Grade 2 students read books, wrote poems, and made posters about helping the planet.
- Grade 3 students planted seeds and prepared soil experiments.
- Grade 4 and 6 students cleaned up the school grounds and surrounding areas.
- Grade 5 students will be calculating their eco-footprint using a carbon footprint calculator online.
- Grade 7 students did a creative assignment about sustainable happiness. Sustainable happiness is ‘happiness that contributes to individual, community and/or global wellbeing and does not exploit other people, the environment, or future generations.’ (C. O’Brien)
- Grade 8 students viewed Sharkwater, a film about sharks, their habitat, and the effects of humans on their ecosystem.
What we hope will happen is that our community learns about being friendly to the environment. We hope that they incorporate green habits that they will have for their whole lives, not just during Earth Week. We show this by having green habits integrated into our daily lives at KCS.
Similarly, we love and appreciate our volunteers at KCS! We don’t wait until volunteer week to thank them! Increasingly, our students are volunteering in our school and in the surrounding community. Once one person tells others how they volunteered to help, many of their peers are willing to join in the joy that comes from helping others. We are grateful to them and proud that they are making a difference.
Here are some of the many ways that students are volunteering:
- Mentoring younger students
- Providing lunch leadership to younger students
- Leading chapels and assemblies
- Conducting tours of our school to guests
- Making gift baskets for local women’s shelters
- Helping at a local church fundraiser
- Refereeing basketball games for Special Olympics Ontario
- Teaching younger students at figure skating
- Caring for neighbours when they are sick
- Sorting food at a food bank
- Helping seniors at a retirement home
We hope that students see volunteering as one of the habits that they continue to do well after they have left KCS. We don’t have green habits only during Earth Week. And we don’t just volunteer or thank our volunteers during National Volunteer Week. But here’s to the happy future that comes from the habits learned at KCS!