Volunteering delivers food for thought
Meals on Wheels
STUDENTS from Years 9 and 10 will this term be working with the Mid Richmond Neighbourhood Centre delivering Meals on Wheels to members of the local community.
These students have volunteered to be part of this program, working alongside more experienced volunteers.
Maree Humphreys and Eileen Probert visited the students to give them some background on how the Meals on Wheels program worked and what the students' role would entail.
Another program that some of the students have volunteered for is assisting with the promotion of Crankfest, which will take place on April 27 at the Riverside Park Evans Head. Six students from Years 8 and 9 are working with Tarryn Cole (Crankfest co-ordinator) from the Mid Richmond Neighbourhood Centre, making posters to help with the promotion of Crankfest.
These students will also assist MRNC with preparations on the day of Crankfest.
Many students also volunteer within the school to assist other students in various ways, such as scribing for their peers during exams. Each year one of the most popular excursions Year 7 students take part in is the Nymboida camp, which is coming up soon. This camp could not go ahead without the support of Year 11 volunteers who act as peer leaders for the younger students.
Last year a group of Year 9 and 10 students regularly visited Coraki Nursing Home, talking to and then playing cards and other games with the residents. This was a great experience. Bayden Collis, teacher co-ordinator of volunteering, said that at first the students were nervous and didn't know how they were going to relate to the elderly residents, but after a couple of visits both the students and the residents enjoyed it very much.
The school encourages students to volunteer and help their local community and Mr Collis, is always open to ideas that student can be part of.