Students at Central Senior School are taking part in a Breakaway program, which is an opportunity to increase student engagement.
Every two months, Central Senior students take part in the week-long program focusing on the importance of being a part of and giving to our community, all based around a theme set for that given week.
This past week’s theme was volunteering and activism. Each day, local volunteers in the community shared their personal experiences, including the benefits and importance of giving back to the community. Students then completed two hours of volunteer work at an organization of their choice, and were assessed on learning skills, including participation, behaviour, and respect.
Volunteer opportunities have included working at a retirement home or long-term care facility to help residents with crafts and meal times; working in schools within Trillium Lakelands District School Board as classroom helpers, library assistants, painting murals, and building bee houses; working with the Lindsay Legion to assist on their Poppy campaign; and working at Habitat for Humanity to restore furniture.
The second component of this week’s theme was completing an activism project. Again, students chose their project, and were assessed on curriculum expectations, such as current social and environment changes, inclusiveness and respect, and building relationships, empathy, and/or communications.
Activism projects have included students working on projects that have focused on vaping awareness, climate change, French reading outreach, clothing drives, Indigenous water crisis, the Single Use Plastics Campaign, and tree planting.
Themes for the 2019-2020 school year include executive functioning, community building and mental health, community engagement, outdoor education, and the arts.
Incredible feedback has been received from students, staff, and the participating organizations.
To learn more about the Breakaway program, visit the Central Senior School Twitter page by following @CentralSenior.