[caption id=”attachment_3532” align=”aligncenter” width=”300”] Micaela LeMoine and Olivia Enserink are two of the 14 students from Immanuel Christian School who helped to plant 2,000 bulbs at a local park.[/caption]
Charlottetown students serve community as good neighbours
The junior high school aged students at Immanuel Christian School in Charlottetown helped plant 2,000 bulbs at a local park Nov. 21.
The 14 students who participated helped to clean up the grounds and plant tulips, daffodils and crocuses at Joe Ghiz Memorial Park. Principal Matthew Mann says the students enjoyed the experience and showed good character.
“They worked hard and we didn’t hear a single complaint from any of them and they want to go back again in the spring, it was a very positive experience,” he says.
Last fall students went out to random neighbours lawns and raked their leaves – an activity they may do again this year, says Mann.
Mann says having the students go out into the community as good neighbours is motivated by wanting the students to be interested in helping others. “I like the idea that people would see Immanuel being present and helping neighbours, but if it ends up being an anonymous work then I think it would still be valuable for our students,” he says.
Last year the school held a Harvest Festival Day for its 20th anniversary. The event was a celebration of the school for the neighbourhood surrounding the school.
The Prince Edward Island school has 60 students from kindergarten to Grade 9. The school is a member of the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) because of its similarity in foundation and philosophy of education, says Mann.
“We are such a small school that we profit very much from having a friendship with the people in Ontario and going up and doing teacher training there and using the resources that the OACS provides,” he says.
To learn more about Immanuel Christian School, visit their website.