Many of us may feel that young people today are more selfish than we ever were as kids. Well, the Year 11 cohort from Mundaring’s Parkerville campus are aiming to break that stereotype – one Community Service Day at a time!
On Tuesday, November 24 a group of 60 students from Year 11 took part in a variety of events aimed at community-building and ‘achieving more as a team.’ These activities included:
- gardening for pensioners in coordination with the “ People Who Care” organisation
- garden work at the Hills Discovery centre
- helped prepared crisis meals at Dream Builders Care facility
- prepared Christmas meals and sorted toys at the Swan View Salvation Army, and
- painting the Mundaring Skate Park in partnership with the Shire of Mundaring
These activities require significant planning and time to make them a success.
Mundaring’s Community Liaison Amanda McCleary felt compelled to undertake the mammoth task.
“Our goal at Mundaring Christian College is to build empathy within our students and a desire to give back to the community,” said Ms McCleary.
“Through getting outside the walls of a classroom our students can witness how some are ‘doing it tough’. Through serving alongside various agencies and Shire groups, our students can discover the satisfaction of positive citizenship.”
Recipients of the good work were effusive in their praise for MCC students.
“One of our gardening groups made such an impact on an elderly pensioner that she said it gave her a new will to live!” said one lively student.
“She was moved to tears when she saw the job we did in her garden. We presented a posy of flowers from her garden and she was absolutely amazed!"
Ms McCleary hopes to expand these sorts of programs in 2021 as Mundaring Christian grows and embraces their new families.
“It’s experiences like these - seeing the transformation of the Mundaring Skate Park - which reinforce the value of these community projects. Next year will see a continuation of these community partnerships and hopefully new opportunities for our students to serve the community in creative ways.”