Year 9 Set to Make a Difference in our Community

The Year 9 Challenge – The Next Step class changed theory into reality by stepping out of class and making a huge difference in our local community.

The concept began when each student received $20 that they were expected to multiply. Students then invested this money and we are happy to say that every student paid back their initial $20 and made a combined profit of $1,000!!!

The class was then able to use this money to make a difference in our local community. Money was spent on supplies for a “backyard blitz”. Classmates were able to clean, weed, tidy, make and restore outdoor furniture and repaint a property owned by The Haven. This organisation exists to provide accommodation to people in need. Manager, Gail Torrens, expressed her gratitude by saying that it was like “winning the gold lottery”, as government funding has ceased, making it very difficult to finance needs for their centre.

The students also had a second project, in which they were able to buy presents for people in the community who would really appreciate a Christmas gift. It proved to be both difficult and exciting to be able to buy presents for community members they didn’t know. These gifts were then hand-delivered to those in the local community, including a visit to the local state primary school. Those students who attended the primary school were able to find out first-hand the effects of giving by seeing the huge smiles on the children’s faces.

The students also had a second project, in which they were able to buy presents for people in the community who would really appreciate a Christmas gift. It proved to be both difficult and exciting to be able to buy presents for community members they didn’t know. These gifts were then hand-delivered to those in the local community, including a visit to the local state primary school. Those students who were able to attend the primary school visit were able to find out first-hand the effects of giving by seeing the huge smiles on the children’s faces.

The service days made a huge difference in the lives of the few we were able to help, but maybe an even bigger positive change was in the students who were the givers …
– Mr Dustin Dever

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