Back in April, we spent a week off of school having fun and looking to do some good.
We had a big service day, where all the residents were divided up into 3 projects. One group continued working on the medical dolls used at Primary Children’s Hospital. These are used by kids to help communicate their ailments, to create a twin of themselves in the hospital or simply a friend. The second group went to create and serve a meal at the Ronald McDonald House, a place providing lodging for families of ill children staying in nearby hospitals. After this, they were able to help beautify a local park. The third group was able to work on building a home with Habitat for Humanity. Students cleaned, landscaped, removed scaffolding, and even got to use the nail guns, for a wonderful and deserving family.
We had a few notable visits at the house – a workshop with the SALT Contemporary Dance Company and a speaker, Lindsay Kite, with Beauty Redefined – both about self-love. We loved having two different approaches to this all-important topic. We were also treated to a Spa Night at the house, where a manicurist, pedicurist, massage therapist and various masks came to us! The pampering was definitely a highlight.
This was also our semi-annual R.O.P.E.S course experience! In an unseasonably warm and sunny week we just happened to schedule our ROPES day on the only day it was cold and rainy – oops! But it didn’t stop us. We spent the morning half indoors, doing group tasks and initiatives, practicing team work, communication and support. After a lovely catered lunch, the precipitation had died down, so we braved the cold weather and got to do some high ROPES Challenges and group coursework. This is always an amazing opportunity to both grow closer as a community and to examine ourselves and our own limitations, actual or perceived.
In between all the service, work and inspiration, we also got to enjoy a little skating, some pool, a trip to the aquarium and an Ultimate Frisbee showdown at the park. Phew!