Each year we host a Senior Citizen Dinner for Christmas. We invite the 6 local Senior’s homes and provide a complete turkey dinner. Each senior is matched with student and there is a meal that the students must serve the senior. The choir sings and teachers bring their preschool aged children in to see Santa and gifts are exchanged
Our administration all wear tuxedos and the seniors are picked up by school bus (even those in wheelchairs). All the food, buses and extras are donated or sponsored. This is such a big tradition that the same seniors have been coming every year and the homes are waiting for our call and our school just wouldn’t let it go.
It’s just a great event for young and old to share about life and the act of giving.
Preston High School
Showcase the variety of services and recreational opportunities within your community by running a Community Awareness Night. This can be run in February or in September when the amateur sports groups and local groups can make people aware of their programs.
The gymnasium is set up in a “store front” organization and allows everyone to pick up literature about each service and have questions answered regarding times, cost and availability.
Panel discussions can be held throughout the evening on topics of local or general importance. This can be moderated by students and is an excellent opportunity for them to learn the process of inviting, hosting and thanking speakers.
Groups that would find this type of opportunity suitable in your community:
Community Theatre Groups
Big Brothers -Big Sisters
Martial Arts Clubs
Scouts and Guides
John Howard Society
Parks and Recreation
Relay for Life
Our town’s mural project was adapted from the information at www.muralmosaic.com
We enlisted the help of a local artist and former student along with a grade 12 student looking for a special project credit. My practical arts students helped with much of the labor and the art teachers used the project for several students individual portfolio components. We had 96 one foot squares divided between elementary students, high school students and local community members. Art instruction was provided to the students upon request. The mural is 12’x 8’ and is attached to the side of a local business. I can provide more details if anyone is interested (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This is a great opportunity for students to create something lasting for your community or school.
From: Don Wheler
The day before prom a group of students dressed up in our prom attire and went to an adult day-care to bring happiness to the elderly and mentally disabled. We brought our prom posters and balloons and we danced with the ones that could dance. They told us stories of their proms and not only did it make us feel good to do something for the community, but it was very interesting to hear how proms have changed over the years. It was a great success and we got a lot of media coverage.
Guthrie School worked with the Canadian military on Operation Santa Claus. This is an effort to ensure that every military member serving overseas at Christmas receives a treat from back home. Letters were written from students in Kindergarten through Grade 9. The students enjoyed making each letter unique and special. Bill Edgecombe from Advantage School Services assisted and provided Kapow! Pops to accompany the letters. It was a great way to make the school and community a better place.
Centennial Secondary held a get-together for all students and their grandparents. The Grandparents Tea was held near the Christmas Holidays in the cafeteria. The cafeteria was decorated with seasonal displays and the foods classes provided the treats. Talented students from the school performed, while grandparents had tea and desserts with their grandson or granddaughter. The event was free to all students and grandparents. A photographer was also made available to take free group portraits to commemorate the event. This was a great opportunity for the students to show their grandparents the school that they attend, and make some connections with extended families and the school.
Other schools have done this as a Seniors Tea. This allows the school to make unique connections with the seniors in the community. Some are former grads, and others just want an outing with some young people. It makes for a great community connection.