Updated: Feb 7
Students set aside one chapel time per month to serve residents in the surrounding neighbourhood.
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This fall NCS middle school students adopted the school's neighbourhood and will serve the residents there throughout the school year.
They started with a prayer walk through the streets, which also gave them the opportunity to look for the needs of the neighbours. Then they dropped off letters, letting the residents know who they were and that they wanted to help out. Several neighbours responded with requests, and students began meeting some of those needs this week.
"I'm in my mid 70s and lost my husband not too long ago. There are so many things I can't do anymore. I didn't know how I would get my leaves raked and my Christmas lights up. You are an answer to my prayers." -- Lynn, NCS neighbour
Students will continue to set aside one chapel time each month throughout the school year to serve their NCS neighbours. We're called to serve and love others, and this is a great opportunity to teach our students to care for people, says David Hossini, NCS middle school assistant principal.
Potential service projects include:
Picking up garbage and pulling bins to the curb
Hanging Christmas lights
Taking returnables to the recycling depot and donating them to the Loaves & Fishes food bank
Removing prickly blackberry bushes
Power washing driveways
“Today I feel very fortunate! A teacher and 12 NCS middle school students swept off my patio and raked and bagged leaves from the willow tree. I want to thank each and every one of them. It was amazing! I was not expecting that many students or that many leaves to be raked. Thank you again…it was very much appreciated!" -- Shirley, NCS neighbour
Would you like to get involved? Contact the school at 250-754-4512.
* UPDATE Feb. 1st * Our Middle School students continue to foster relationships with our local neighbours and it is proving to be a really enriching experience for everyone.