Saltus Grammar School Charity Support for 2016-17

This year’s theme is “Diversity and Acceptance”

 

Commitment to service to others…Charity 2016 Sept. 2016 - Feb 2017

In February, there was a Whole School Grub Day for the St. John’s Church Bell Tower Appeal which raised $2,860.37, S3 students made Valentine placemats for Meals on Wheels recipients, and Secondary students had a Bake Sale for the World Challenge trip to Tanzania.

In January, S1s students, who had been studying about animal classification, went to the SPCA to observe mammals and also to raise their awareness about needy animals in Bermuda. The children brought pet food to donate.

Just before the Christmas break, Secondary students brought in 200 toys for the Salvation Army to hand out at Christmas, and also donated over $1,300 which the Salvation Army used to purchase other necessities.  Students throughout the school brought in non-perishable food to be distributed by The Eliza DoLittle Society which according to Executive Director, Jennifer Mahoney supplies food to those in need in various ways:  “Clients visit the food bank in Warwick and we supply them with groceries (donated and purchased goods). We also partner with agencies/organizations like Focus, Family and Child Services, the Probation Department and others.  In addition, we supply cooked meals to feeding venues including:  Beulah Tabernacle, Warwick Holiness Church, First Church of God, Warwick SDA and Church without Walls.”

In November, there was a Whole School Grub Day for the Feed My Lambs Ministry in Haiti which raised $4,529.86 toward supporting a mobile medical clinic in Haiti in which their doctors and nurses are able to administer medical assistance to people living in the outlying areas of the mountains and on a nearby island -- both areas devastated by Hurricane Mathew.  The Feed My Lambs Ministry (a registered Bermuda charity) was started by Mr. Philip Rego after seeing the incredible need there during a humanitarian visit to an orphanage in 2008:  “During this time, people were mixing mud, water and oil to make mud cakes to eat.  The image of suffering was forever imprinted on my mind.”  With help from sponsors in Bermuda and the United States, the Feed My Lambs Ministry has been able to establish an orphanage for 58 children and a school for nearly 700 students.  Ms. Herbert, a retired nurse who volunteers with the organization, added: “The poverty there has to be seen to be believed.  I thought I knew what to expect, but after four visits, I am still shocked by the deplorable conditions that the people there endure.  We are so grateful to the students of Saltus Grammar School who have raised funds for the Feed My Lambs Ministry in Haiti.”  According to Ms. Herbert:  “Our leaders and senior orphans have been helping those who have lost everything in the community near to the orphanage.  Our school was used as an emergency shelter during the hurricane.  The orphanage and school were built by Bermudians and are solid and stood up very well in the adverse conditions….Later, we will be showing the people how to rebuild their homes and providing them with some of the necessary material to do this.”

Also in November there were donations to the Poppy Appeal for Remembrance Day which raised $830.50 for the Bermuda Legion’s support of WWII veterans and their widows.

Team Saltus, one of seven schools participating in the 20th Annual BCHC/BF&M Breast Cancer Walk in October, raised $3,483.50 and was given the “Top School Spirit Fundraiser” award of $2,000 by walk sponsor BF&M.  Funds raised during that month will go to supporting BCHC’s radiation therapy initiative and Equal Access Programme. 

In September, there was the first of two clean-ups that will take place this academic year at John Smith’s Bay as part of Keep Bermuda Beautiful’s Adopt-a-Spot initiative. In connection with the EY Coastal Cleanup in support of KBB that weekend, there was a record turn out with over 90 Saltus students with their families, staff and alums. Organizer Erika Powell -- who is a S4 Teacher and Year Coordinator well as an alumna – reported:  “In total, we collected the equivalent of 29 bags of regular trash and 24 bags of recyclables plus a few bulky items (including a bicycle which was taken home by a student to be repaired).”
 
PartnerRe “Dollars for Hours” at The Reading Clinic

This marks the 11th year PartnerRe has run their “Dollars for Hours” initiative whereby the company pairs eight local schools with a community project and, at the completion of these projects, awards $30,000 to each school.

Thirty-seven students from SGY2, S10 and S9 spent two Saturdays (19th and 26th November) completing various tasks at The Reading Clinic.  Students were supervised by Reading Clinic staff Dr. Glenn Faries (Executive Director), Mrs. Amy (Smith) DaCosta (Reading Programme Coordinator and Saltus alumna) and Ms. Carolyn Brown (Programme Assistant).  Mrs. Aisling Foote (Head of Academic Support, Teacher of English and S9 Year Coordinator) and other Saltus staff were also on hand.

Mrs. DaCosta, said the students made a huge impact:
 
“The Reading Clinic has been in existence nearly 50 years. In that time, a large number of individuals have come through its doors for assessments and tutoring. Whilst the programme started small, it eventually grew and expanded to include new programmes. The Reading Clinic has always held on to student files, but with the ever-growing size of the programmes, this has meant that storing all of these files became problematic.   After acquiring filing cabinet after filing cabinet, the need for an electronic storage system and thinned files became evident.  Continuing with the agreement that files older than 10 years will be thinned to just the assessment reports, the Saltus students were able to shred the excess paper from those files (amounting to about 30 bags of shredded paper!) which freed up space for current students' files.  Other students scanned files for the database and, once scanned, alphabetized the paper files for filing.  They also reorganized several shelves of books.

While there is still some scanning left to go, it is clear to see how much assistance the Saltus students have provided The Reading Clinic.  Even with 37 students working two Saturdays, there was still scanning to complete; however, it is hard to even begin to imagine how long this might have taken a lone volunteer as typically is the case. The students brought energy and excitement into what had at the surface appeared to be a dull task. We are so grateful for their enthusiastic support! In addition to the scanning project, a team of students were eager to get our building ready for the holiday season. 

We are thrilled to have had such an enthusiastic group of students working on this massive project. Working as a team, they accomplished what would have taken months if not years, to be completed by a volunteer. Thank you!”  

 

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