The Grimsby community supports GSS students in many ways, particularly by providing opportunities for our students to do volunteer work, sometimes to use toward their community service hour requirement for graduation and often just because giving to the community is something embedded in the culture of GSS. Our students love to help others.

When can a student start earning community service hours? They can begin during the summer following grade 8.

What activities qualify toward community service hours? An activity or event which is a benefit to the community is eligible. The activity must be performed outside the regular school day (lunch hours, weekends, after school, or school holidays). It may take place in a variety of settings: not-for-profit organizations, public sector institutions, and informal settings. It may be a structured program to promote tutoring, mentoring, visiting, and coaching whose purpose is to assist others. It could be an activity that supports work of a global nature or promotes environmental awareness or an activity with a club, religious organization, arts or cultural association, or political organization that seeks to make a positive contribution in the community. In fact, an activity that promotes and contributes to the health and well-being of any group, including some school-based activities which extend their service to a wider community are eligible for students to use toward their community service hours.

What activities are ineligible? The Ministry of Education and Training has developed a list of activities that may not be chosen as community involvement activities and that are therefore ineligible activities. An ineligible activity is an activity that is a requirement of a class or course in which the student is enrolled (e.g., Cooperative Education portion of a course, job shadowing, work experience) or one that takes place during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day. However, an activity that takes place during the student’s lunch break is permissible. Other ineligible activities are those that take place in a construction, manufacturing, logging or mining environment, if the student is under sixteen years of age or in a factory if the student is under fifteen years of age.

The Career Opportunity Information Network tells us about the value of volunteering. Employment counselors know how challenging it can be to get a job. However, they also know the value of volunteering and getting involved in order to gain valuable experience.

In just a few hours a week, you can make a positive contribution. Helping out with a charity, cleaning up in the neighbourhood park or volunteering at GBF are just a few ways to work with others in your community. GSS students know how great it feels to know that they did something positive for their neighbourhood!

We take this opportunity to thank the Grimsby community for supporting our students in so many ways. We look forward to another great year of learning. Registration continues August 28th to 30th.

School begins September 6th at 9:00 am.