As part of our Ping He students’ curriculum, they must complete two types of community initiatives. Community service establishes career building qualities and the students are able to strengthen their leadership skills. One of these initiatives was raising funds for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF). The BCCHF is a wonderful organization doing their very best to help sick children and their families all over British Columbia.
This call to action was well received by the students and the group quickly took advantage of the opportunity. To raise funds the students sold pins that they designed themselves. With a group of 34, they were divided into two classes and distributed the task load evenly. Within these two classes, they held a competition by drawing their designs that were inspired by the mission and vision of the BCCHF. The top 3 designs (voted by their peers) from both classes were printed on the pins. On top that they expressed their artistic skills even more by designing posters and banners that they advertised all over the school.
On the third week of September, closer to the end of Ping He’s time with Sprott Shaw Language College (SSLC) they sold the pins. The students went all over the school, selling to both Howe Street and Melville Street Campuses. Not only that, they went out of their comfort zones and took on the busy streets of Vancouver. Doing so the students were able to exercise their English while building confidence with their leadership skills. After a full week of fundraising, the students were able to raise $561 with all proceeds going to the BCCHF.
SSLC could not be prouder and we look forward to the results of their second initiative. These determined students started collecting donated nonperishable food items from staff, students, and local business owners for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
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