MCHS students start a journey of volunteerism

Left to right: Kathy Sandmeier – Interact Club representative, a Bissell Centre staff member, and students Larissa Jones, Shaelyn Durocher, Carlie Hills serve a hearty Thanksgiving lunch to clients of the Bissell Centre.
– Lauren Stromner Photo

by Lauren Stromner

Students at Morinville Community High School (MCHS) will get a unique opportunity to give back to the community this school year. The school has reserved several volunteer dates with a number of Edmonton agencies, including the Bissell Centre, the Edmonton Food Bank and the Hope Mission. Students in the MCHS Interact Club and the Religious Studies classes can volunteer their time and talents with each group.

While the facilities are all located in downtown Edmonton, Interact Club representative Kathy Sandmeier says that each location offers the chance for Morinville students to serve a unique clientele. “Each location offers something special for each student volunteer as they are able to work with some of the clients, serve meals, help in the stores or work with children,” she said.

More than two-dozen students and teachers took part in the first volunteer session Oct. 10, with 10 students serving meals and cleaning up dishes and tables at the Bissell Centre. “It was a great experience for (the students) to do such a great local project like this,” said Sandmeier. “When (the Interact Club) goes on our mission trips in Mexico, the students will be doing the same things as they did today. So it is nice to experience it locally first and also help our own people.”

The Morinville Interact Club is an independent club connected to the Rotary Club of Morinville. It aims to bring together local youth in the spirit of volunteerism and community participation. The MCHS-based club is currently accepting new members. Anyone wanting more information about the club can contact MCHS school office.