At Memorial Composite High School (MCHS) Outreach we pride ourselves on being more than just a place students come to work on their course and participate in academics. We provide many opportunities for our staff and students to connect and build our community through annual events and activities through out the year.
One of the first events in our calendar is our Thanksgiving dinner.
We put our books away for a little bit and arrange our desks together to form one long table. We then gather together all staff, students, Granny (a community member and local supporter) and other visitors to sit down and share in a meal prepared by staff and other volunteers. Before eating everyone goes around the table and shares what they are thankful for. It is a great way to connect as a community.
Coffee with a cop
MCHS and Spruce Grove Composite High School are lucky enough to participate in the school resource officer program with the RCMP. Constable Pat Chornoby is a valuable resource for both students and staff. In addition to her drop in visits once every couple of months we take the first part of our morning at Outreach to have Coffee with a Cop. We gather all students who wish to participate ( and most of them do) and sit down with Pat to talk about some the latest issues facing our youth in the community. Our students often direct the conversation asking questions about issues that they hear about or about their own interactions with the law. It is also a unique way to build positive relationships and foster positive interactions between youth and law enforcement.
Another time we gather together is just before Christmas Holidays. Just as with Thanksgiving we gather together and have a meal with our kids. Last year we took an afternoon to do activities including card making and Gingerbread house making. This was a big hit with both students and staff with laughter had by all.
As part of our wellness initiative Outreach got its first Tower garden last semester. This was a collaborative effort with our students from start to finish. They helped build the tower, plant it and were responsible for checking its PH. The garden itself be came a center point for Outreach gatherings with both students and staff fascinated with the plants. The tower also provided herbs for our students’ cooking classes. This year we will be adding a new Growing center in addition to our tower thanks to Little Green Thumbs a community program.