Students involved in this club are given a unique opportunity to form friendships with students from the White Oaks Secondary School Futures Program. This program at White Oaks is designed for high school students with special needs ranging from Autism to Downs Syndrome. The buddies engage in activities such as bowling, painting pottery, decorating cookies and going shopping. Through this interaction it is truly the Appleby students who benefit the most.
Camp Vista is a day-camp which occurs on PD days for local school boards. The Appleby students act as camp counselors for children from Halton Children’s Aid Society, Oakwood Public School and other schools from the area. They host children in a day of fun-filled activities such as swimming, skating, conducting science experiments and completing art projects. They get a chance to make a genuine connection with the young “campers” and bring a bit of hope and light to the children.
Middle School Service Council
Middle School students in this service club have the opportunity to learn about various social issues such as caring for animals, interacting with seniors and literacy. They learn how to organize fundraisers and other activities including book drives, clothing drives and drives for animal shelters.
Students in this service club are encouraged to show leadership and take on a social issue that has meaning for them. In the past, they have chosen to assist the homeless through a walk in Toronto where they hand out small care packages to those living on the street. Others have focused on helping to feed families who have trouble making ends meet through serving meals at Kerr Street Ministries. Students also plan two school-wide service days, Fall In and Spring Forward, with each day having a different theme.
Oakwood Breakfast Program
The students at Appleby know how difficult it is to start their day and it would be more challenging to start without any food for breakfast. Senior school students go to Oakwood Public School daily to serve breakfast to the elementary students who wouldn’t receive a healthy breakfast otherwise.
Students with a passion for the environment apply their creative energies to plan events drawing attention to sustainability. The group participates and promotes a variety of local initiatives such as the Halton Fresh Food Box Program. The council helps to plan the Upper Two service day and organizes the “Green Cup” competition for the day.
Round Square Council
This council is committed to the Round Square IDEALS of Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service. The council organizes the school fundraiser for the Prince Alexander Fund which helps to support the “bricks and mortar” part of the Round Square service projects.
Appleby’s War Child Youth Initiative focuses on the issue of child soldiers. The students support the vision where no child knows war. They view and discuss films on the topic of child soldiers, hear from guest speakers, attend local events and organize the annual Keep the Beat fundraiser.