SMLS students participate in community service throughout the year in many different ways. Below are some of the many activities and initiatives that our students undertake to give back to their local and global communities.
Junior School girls recently organized a "We Scare Hunger" food drive during Halloween, wrote and illustrated Postcards for Peace for Canadian veterans and collected toiletries, school supplies and toys for children, among other activities.
Each Middle School girl is expected to earn volunteer hours as part of our Middle School Junior Duke Program, unique to SMLS and modeled as a program that will prepare our girls for the Duke of Edinburgh Program in Senior School. Recent activities have included the Salvation Army Teens 4 Teens Drive, holiday visits to Wyndham Manor seniors residence, Earth Day, and support of our Special Olympics Hometown Soccer Tournament.
Senior Students recently donated clothing to organizations such as the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul and visited the Kerr St. Mission to prepare and serve meals, among other initiatives. Annually, students in Grade 10 and 11 organize a Special Olympics Festival at SMLS for intellectually disabled elementary school athletes from the Halton area and girls in the Phys Ed leadership class organize a Special Olympics Hometown Soccer Tournament. Senior girls also take on global service learning, and have recently participated with communities and organization in Peru, Bahamas and the Caribbean, among other international locations.
Art students have participated in important international projects such as Unsung Heroes, where students discover, develop and communicate the stories of unsung heroes who have made a profound and positive impact on the course of history, as well as The Memory Project, in which students create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, and extreme poverty.