Approximately 40 students who are part of Ecole Fox Run School’s “Lunch Leader” program meet every Thursday to discuss and plan ways to create a better school environment and ways to be of service in their local and global community.
Lunch Leaders developed out of the student’s connection with WE.org, a charity that according to their website helps students “explore topics related to real-world challenge or opportunity” and helps students design plans to provide service in both a local and global capacity.
“The main purpose is to get students involved with helping support causes locally and globally,” said DeeAnn Daniels, the Renaissance coordinator.
Students pick a different global initiative each year, choosing a country and a “pillar” to build up in that community. The pillars students choose from are: health, food, water, education and opportunity.
In previous years Fox Run has supported Ecuador with the pillar of education, Haiti with the pillar of health and Nicaragua with the pillar of education. For this year, the Lunch Leaders have committed to supporting health in Kenya. In the next couple of weeks the Lunch Leader students will be selling rafiki bracelets, with the money raised through this fundraiser going to their chosen country.
“Students get to grow as leaders and volunteers and experience the gratitude that comes along with knowing that they are changing somebody’s life for the better big or small,” Daniels said of the leadership group.
Not only do Lunch Leaders support global causes, they also commit to many local causes throughout the year. So far Grade 8 Renaissance has planned a fundraiser “Gifts for Grandparents” where students are encouraged to bring in chocolates, books, tea and other similar gifts for the seniors in the community. Lunch Leaders choose this cause because this is a good way for students to interact with and brighten the days of Sylvan seniors who may not have as many visitors during the holiday season.
Lunch Leaders will also be selling candy canes/candy grams at lunch in the next few weeks with the proceeds going to a local cause.
-Kellen McLean, Fox Run School Reporter with Myra Nicks