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Community News Preparations underway for third Week Without Walls

Preparations underway for third Week Without Walls

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

 Anticipation is mounting for Trinity College School’s third Week Without Walls set for December 13th to 16th! This week, Senior School students are being assigned the sites at which they will spend three afternoons that week, serving the community through a wide range of organizations.

We will be returning to many popular sites this year, such as Free The Children’s Toronto head office, the PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary in Roseneath and Peterborough’s Brock Mission. With close to 50 sites offered, students have the opportunity to serve the Northumberland, Toronto, Durham, Peterborough and Quinte regions through a wide range of activities: environmental organizations, animal rescue centres, nursing homes, schools, food banks, housing agencies, homeless shelters and more.

We also have some new sites this year about which we are very excited: supporting the On Your Mark (English as a second language) programme at Toronto’s Working Women Community Centre; assisting in classrooms at St. Michael’s Elementary School and Burnham Public School, both in Cobourg; lending a hand at Northumberland County’s volunteer-driven Small Town Radio; helping with repairs and maintenance of the animal barns at the Knox Farm in Hampton; tree-planting in Bowmanville through the Valleys 2000 programme; and working for the Salvation Army in Peterborough to organize the annual Christmas Toy Drive.

One group of students will begin their Week Without Walls experience a bit earlier, as they head to Ecuador on December 1st. Fourteen students, along with teachers Tom Tansley and Renée Hillier, will travel to the capital city of Quito where they will meet the facilitators from Free The Children’s Me to We programme who will lead their trip. They will have a chance to visit the Equator and tour Quito, learning Spanish and sampling traditional foods, before heading to the Chimborazo province. This is where students will spend the bulk of their two-week trip, assisting with the construction of a high school while living among the indigenous Quichua people to better understand their lives. The group has been fundraising to collect $10,000 needed to support the school build, and the support of the TCS community in donating to this cause has been critical to its ongoing success. Near the end of their journey, students and teachers will visit the Amazon rainforest and have a chance to reflect on how this amazing experience can have a lasting impact on their lives when they return to Canada. The group will arrive home on December 17th.

The goal of Week Without Walls is to provide all Senior School students with the opportunity to engage in and learn from service opportunities within our local communities – not only are young people able to lend a hand during the Christmas season, when so many are in need, but they also have the chance to better understand their own ability to make a difference in the lives of others.

To learn more about Week Without Walls (including photos and video from last year’s programme), click here.


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