Per its mission statement, Colchester Middle School’s Infinity Team regularly engages in community volunteerism in ways that align with the students’ curriculum and personal goals. Over the years, Infinity Team has actively engaged with such organizations as Colchester Community Food Shelf, the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, the Town of Colchester’s Parks and Recreation department, and Lucy’s House, as well as others. They have also done volunteer work for citizens in our community, such as raking leaves for senior citizens.
Most recently, the Infinity Team prepared dinner for approximately twenty-five temporary residents of the Burlington Emergency Shelter. The students researched the recipes and compiled a list of ingredients necessary for the complete dinner, and then CMS faculty and staff members contributed significantly to the effort by donating the majority of the supplies. The Infinity Team worked together to prepare the meal at CMS, and a social worker and one of the students later delivered and served it to the guests of the emergency shelter.
Earlier this year, the Infinity Team also assisted the Burlington Emergency Shelter in cleaning, organizing, and preparing rooms for guests moving in.
This community service aligns with the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017’s pathways A: High Standards, Expectations, and Individual Engagement for All Learners; C: Learning Outside Our Four Walls; and E: Parent, Community, and School Partnerships Among Lifelong Learners.
There is a diverse and plentiful assortment of benefits associated with volunteerism, particularly among young people, and incorporating it into curriculum is a powerful way to introduce it in a way that allows students to see how their efforts can make a difference in their communities. Volunteer service can also be a positive and productive use of students’ leisure time. Coordinating volunteer opportunities for our students as part of their cumulative academic experience also connects their curriculum with preparation for their futures. Volunteer service provides students with the ability to gain valuable work experience that enhances resumes and college applications while simultaneously allowing them to explore their interests and discover new passions. It also helps foster the development of leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills, all of which are highly relevant in the job market. Real-life applications of experiences gained as the result of volunteer opportunities can include social work, counseling, government and policy making, fundraising and corporate giving, public relations, and community organizing and activism just to name a few.
For questions about Infinity Team or about its students’ efforts in community service, please contact Julie Tanguay, or call (802) 264-5800.
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