Service Learning at Calvin Christian School

As a school community, our desire is to have our students live out their lives as followers of Christ, both within their local community and in the world.  For that reason, we provide opportunities for our students to develop servant leadership, to act with compassion and justice in a world that God loves, and to demonstrate a growing faith in God who enables us to do what we did not think we could do.  Our Grade 12 Inner City Experience (I.C.E.), and our Grade 11 Impact trip, provide us with a practical way to engage with, and experience God in a unique way.  By way of these experiences, the faith of our students is challenged, their love for others grows, their eyes are opened to the work of God in others, and they learn to partner and share their own personal gifts with those whom they meet.

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Service Learning at Our Elementary Campus

Grade 1 – Sing at Donwood Manor once/month

Grade 1A – Purchases 7 or 8 goats for Africa through World Renew

Grade 2 – Sing at Donwood Manor once/month

Grade 3 – Prepare a hamper for a needy family at Christmas

Grade 4 – Help out with the school milk program

Grade 5 – Our ‘Green Team’, the Grade 5s take responsibility for recycling within our building.

Grade 6 – School Patrols

Grade 6 – Organize and coordinate the Calvin Cup Hockey Tournament

 

Service Learning at Our Collegiate Campus

Impact – Grade 11

Every spring, our Grade 11 students travel to Mexico to help and support families in need.  Together with teacher and parent chaperones, they build houses for these families and get to know them too!  This is truly a unique and inspiring service opportunity and many students return home with a broader perspective on life.  Definitely a trip worth looking forward to!

To view the 2018 Impact video, click HERE.

 

Inner City Experience (I.C.E.) – Grade 12

The I.C.E. project is an opportunity for our Grade 12 students to open their servant hearts here at home.  Occurring at the same time as the Impact trip, the Grade 12s are whisked away to downtown Winnipeg where they experience being less fortunate at a local level. Partnering with Siloam Mission, The Vineyard, and other churches and ministries in the area, our students learn to live with less and give more of themselves.  It is our hope that when students leave CCC and venture into the world, that their eyes and hearts are opened to remember those in need – far away and close to home. See testimonials below.

 

Other Service Learning Opportunities at the Collegiate

Non-perishable food items are collected and then sorted and brought to the Transcona Food Bank by our middle years students.

 

Students Answer How the Service Learning Experiences Impacted Them

I.C.E. (Inner City Experience)

… the whole experience was life changing. You go in thinking you are going to serve people and you come out as the one has been served.

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Over the course of that week, my perspective changed in a way I never expected it to. During my week at Siloam, I saw countless people in different circumstances – some struggling, others just finding their footing, and others boldly and proudly taking steps towards a better life.

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The problem of poverty isn’t a small one, and it won’t be solved overnight. Yet each of us loving even just one person and choosing to treat them as someone Christ died for goes a long way.

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What impacted me the most was probably how my classmates wanted to keep coming back and stay at Union Gospel Mission. Also how they touched the people’s lives who came through the doors of the mission during the week.

 

Impact

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The part of the 2018 Mexico trip that impacted me the most was seeing how happy the families we were building for were to finally have a house of their own.

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I learned so much more about my classmates and teachers, and bonded with them in a way I hadn’t before. The whole experience was so much more than I could’ve imagined.

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It was really sad to see what they were living in before we built the houses for them. One family was living in a tent, and the other was living under a tarp held up with scrap wood and sheet metal. It felt so good to play a part in making these people’s lives better through the houses we built for them. The Mexico trip was truly a life-changing experience, and one that I will never forget.

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To read the full testimonials, including those from previous years, click HERE.