SWAN Christian College students spent a day giving back to the community last week in a multi-location excursion.
Year 9 students were put into three groups and were each sent to three different locations as part of the College’s transition into adulthood program.
One group of students planted trees with Men of the Trees at the Chittering Landcare Centre, another group chopped vegetables and prepared soup for the homeless with Manna Soup Kitchen and the third group helped do maintenance work on a pensioner’s yard with People Who Care.
College head of service learning Ray Hockley said students worked hard on all three jobs, but said volunteers in the tree planting had the hard task of planting more than 2500 trees.
“The ground was very wet and swampy but that didn’t stop the students from working hard all day to achieve this amazing goal,” he said.
Chittering Landcare Centre’s trainee natural resource manager Adrian Botha said the students did a great job.
“It was inspiring to see such young individuals looking so interested and having such a great time in the outdoors, planting and getting covered in mud,” he said.
“I look forward to them coming back next year, to check on the progress of the trees they planted and to assist in the revegetation of a new area.”
Mr Hockley said the transition into adulthood program was offered to all Year 9 students at the College and encouraged them as they grow in character and maturity.
He said the students who took on the maintenance work with People Who Care worked very hard.
“This was a massive job, which took 25 people the whole day to complete. No doubt the owner of the property was blessed with the hard work put in by the students throughout the day,” he said.