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Excitement builds for Week Without Walls 2011
|Thursday, 08 December 2011|
The week begins with site meetings here at the School on Thursday December 8th and Monday, December 12th. Then, each afternoon between December 13th and 15th, every Senior School student and educational staff member of the School will be working at one of more than 45 community service sites in Northumberland County, Toronto, Belleville, Peterborough and Durham Region. Finally, on Friday, December 16th, students and staff will have the chance to get together and share their experiences and the knowledge they have gained through this incredible service learning opportunity.
A group of students and teachers is already hard at work since leaving for Ecuador on December 2nd to volunteer through Free The Children’s Me To We initiative, helping to build a high school in San Miguel. Midway through their trip, you can click here to read e-mails and see photos from their journey so far! Grade 12 student Katie Stevenson also shared her thoughts on the trip on Our Kids Media’s Web site (click here to read).
And another group of students is spending three full Saturdays in December volunteering at a community farm north of Courtice. The Knox Farm needs assistance creating some festive cheer by helping out families on carriage rides. Students will dress up in old farmhouse gear, guide families in a horse drawn carriage to Santa’s village, and sing Christmas carols along the way. While at Santa's log cabin, other students will dress the part of elves and help Mr. and Mrs. Claus make this Christmas visit a very special one for young children from surrounding communities.
If you want to learn more about the many service sites at which our students will be working next week, visit www.tcs.on.ca/weekwithoutwalls. And we hope you will sign up to receive daily updates from our Week Without Walls sites at the end of each day via Twitter (@tcsbears) or “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TCSBears. Join in the conversation and share your thoughts on service and the role we all have to play in building better communities.
We look forward to a very exciting week and thank our students and staff for their commitment to this important initiative!
Note to parents: Students working in the Greater Toronto Area and Durham Region will have drop-offs at the end of each day, Tuesday to Thursday, as needed. Students have been asked to communicate with their site leaders to make these arrangements. Parents with any questions can contact Kim Vojnov, the School’s director of service learning (firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-885-3217 ext. 1414).