Grads give thanks
Exams are over! And the new semester started on Monday. Yay?
Well, things are slowing down now that all the exams are done. There’s a wave of relief going through the school that everyone can feel.
The grad class is finally starting to move forward and some big decisions are being made. Our class voted for our favorite theme ideas last week, and while some were positively hilarious, there were a lot of really good ideas too. Masquerade, enchanted forest, and Las Vegas were the top three, with the addition of disco by our vice-president, Connor Butler, who really wanted it. Enchanted forest won out in the end, but the grad committee wants to put every element into our grad weekend to make everyone’s last year as special as possible.
Also, the grad committee really wants to save money as much as possible this year. Every grad class usually has a surplus of fundraised money by the end of the year, and they usually contribute it to the next grad class. However, they are planning on giving the rest of our money to a fundraiser or charity that really needs it. We’re all so lucky, and we want to give it back to those less fortunate. The grad class will be voting on who we want to give the money to sometime this year.
Speaking of the grad class and giving back, the Recreational Leadership class has something new in mind for the year.
The Recreational Leadership class of LVR has been a part of the school for years. This is an extracurricular class consisting of Grade 11 and 12 students with the goal of raising school spirit and including students in fun and energetic activities. There has been a huge turnout to such events as the Terry Fox Run, dance intramurals, volleyball games, yoga, track meets, and so much more throughout the year, all of which the Rec Leadership class helps to organize. These events all revolve around bringing people together, making friends, and promoting healthy ways to have a great time.
For a couple of months they’ve been taking part in the Healthy Relationships Plan, a project that a few schools have started over the past few years. Mrs. Kroker, one of our teachers, used the plan at the school she taught at previous to ours, and she suggested it to us this year.
Mrs. Morrison, the head of Rec Leadership, brought it forward to us and a lot of ideas came out. The Grade 12 students of the class want to improve relationships not just inside the school, but in the community as well.
They want to contribute to the city of Nelson, help local charities, and give the entire community and local police force the appreciation and thanks they deserve for all they have done for the grad classes over the years.
A survey went around to all the local businesses and groups who support them, asking their opinion on the grad classes of LVR and they’ve used the information to come up with ideas on what they can help to improve on.
They have started their first initiatives, and some students from Rec Leadership were working alongside teachers at Our Daily Bread last week and the week coming up for the victims of the Kerr Building fire. They had a great time helping out and are looking forward to keeping up their work throughout the year.
The students and teachers are so grateful for all the opportunities and support that we’ve had. This is an amazing town, and we have the most wonderful people in the world living here. So, from me, and from everyone at the school, thank you for everything.
Kaitlyn Foot is a Grade 12 LVR student. Her column is featured in the Nelson Star on a regular basis