Servant Leadership is practiced and modeled by the St. Francis of Assisi Student Leadership Team, which is directed by 140 students, in Grades 8 and 9. Each month the Leadership Team chooses a new charity or organization that they would like to support through social justice activities. The team strives to balance our exposure to local, national and international needs through our school community efforts. Yearly, the students have set organizations or fundraisers that they hold; however, each month there is flexibility for the students to choose other areas of need.
2016 Student Leadership Social Justice Activities and Donations
Wednesdays We Wear Pink
During the month of October the leadership team, sold pink cupcakes every Wednesday during lunch hour. Through this fundraiser we were able to raise $600 to support the Breast Cancer Foundation!
On November 18th the leadership team planned a mustache day! Mustache cookies and hot chocolate were sold during lunch to raise money for prostate cancer. We were able to raise $250 to send to Movember Canada!
Food Bank Drive
From November 16 to November 20t each TAG class in the school participated in a TAG challenge by bringing in food bank donations to send to the Red Deer Food Bank. We were able to collect 1065 lbs of food for the food bank! 6-1 was able to bring in the heaviest donation at 185 lbs and received the pizza party prize.
On October 30 the leadership team planned a Halloween dance! During the dance there was a photo booth available for the students to take pictures of their awesome costumes and a popcorn ball sale. We were able to raise $340 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The Giving Tree
During the months of November and December St. Francis students and staff worked with Catholic Social Services to bring Christmas presents to families in need. We were able to collect all the presents, wrap them and send them off to Catholic Social Services to get delivered!
On February 9th the leadership team planned a Valentine's dance! During the dance there was a photo booth available for the students to take pictures and a cookie sale. We were able to raise $340 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
In the first week of February the leadership students sold Mathomatic questionnaire results. The students could see which students in the school that they were the most compatible with. We were able to raise $587. This money was used to support the leadership prizes and projects throughout the year.
Jeans for Teens
The leadership team had a clothing drive called Jeans for Teens. Students were asked to bring in new or gently used jeans to donate to Bibles for Mission for Red Deer teens in need. Each TAG teacher collected jeans for their TAG. On February 12th the jeans were counted and collected. We were able to collect 139 pairs of jeans. Congratulations to 6-1 for collecting the most pairs of jeans with 65 pairs in total.
The leadership team planned a privilege day to raise money for Operation Welcome to Canada. Operation Welcome to Canada raises money to help put together items for Syrian refugee families arriving in Red Deer. Students were able to pay to have certain privileges on February 25. Some of the privileges included: Starbucks delivery, sitting by a friend, and playing badminton in the gym during DEAL. Through this activity we were able to raise $997 for Operation Welcome to Canada.
The leadership team planned a stuffed animal drive starting on March 1 - 15. Each TAG teacher collected NEW stuffed animals to donate to the Ronald McDonald house. We were able to collect 94 stuffed animals. A huge thank you to 6-1 for collecting 62 animals!
As a response to the wildfires in and around Fort McMurray many students joined together to support this community. There was a bake sale and lemonade sale to raise money to be donated to the Canadian Red Cross. We have raised $235 so far and we will be continuing to sell lemonade at lunch hours to raise more money for our neighboring community.
Our annual head shave took place on May 30 during a GRR assembly. We had 11 students and 2 teachers cutting their hair, shaving their head or shaving their beards to support the Canadian Cancer Foundation. We were able to raise over $4,000.00!