During the 2017-2018 school year, approximately fifteen (15) students in the Options and Opportunities 10 class at Richmond Education Centre/Academy in Louisdale partnered with the local Lions Club to renovate the Louisdale Lions Community Centre. To celebrate the completion of the project and thank the students for their hard work and contributions to the community, a barbeque was hosted by the Lions Club at the Community Centre on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.
Tommy Samson, Options and Opportunities Teacher at Richmond Education Centre/Academy, explains that the students worked tirelessly on many phases of the project including the installation of new flooring, siding, roofing, windows, acoustic panels; kitchen upgrades; deck construction; new washrooms; painting; and exterior work. The students also redid the chairs and built all of the dartboard cabinets. “We have been very fortunate to partner with the Lions Club for the past number of years on many projects that provide our students with authentic hands-on learning opportunities to enhance classroom instruction and to help them develop real skills that they can use now and well into their future,” said Mr. Samson.
The students also partnered with the Lions Club to assist families in the community with the management of their winter fuel wood (cutting, packing, splitting, and taking it in) as well as a community clean-up. “This group of youth is helping to develop an age-friendly community through their willingness to learn from and work with a variety of community groups. The learning and conversations that have developed through these projects have had a very positive impact on all involved (adults and students alike). We all have a part to play in being responsible and contributing members of our community and these students exemplify what that looks like,” added Mr. Samson.
Service learning is learning by doing. By integrating voluntary real-life community service with classroom learning, students are learning about compassion, caring, sharing, the importance of citizenship and many more valuable life lessons. The experiences gained through involvement in these of activities impact students significantly and are an important part of a students’ personal, social and academic development.
Congratulations to all those involved in providing such an exceptional learning opportunity for students!