Grad Service Project:

The 2018 - 2019 Grad Service Project planning process is underway! Stay tuned for updates. 

2017 - 2018 Grad Service Project:

Our 2017 - 2018 charity of choice for our Grad Service Project is the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation!

Grad Service Project Dates: April 16 - 20 

Main Objectives:

  • To create a “ripple” effect throughout the school and Red Deer community.
  • Grade 12 students will leave their legacy by helping and educating youth to make positive and healthy choices. “Passing along” their knowledge and skills to help create a “ripple effect” amongst our youth to become better leaders in their school, community, etc.
  • To spread awareness and support for mental health.

Monday, April 16 - Unplug for Mental Health Cellphone-Free Day

WHO:

  • To kick-off our Grad Service Project week, we are urging students and staff to disconnect to connect!

WHAT:

  • We are hoping that the school community can “unplug” for a day (only one!) by giving up their cell phone to help raise awareness for mental health and open themselves up for real, face-to-face conversations with their teachers, friends, etc.
  • Students will get to be a part of creating a “ripple” effect throughout the Red Deer community to disconnect to connect.

WHEN:

  • Monday, April 16

WHERE:

  • St. Joseph High School

WHY:

  • The Unplug for Mental Health event aims to provide a safe community where students and teachers can engage in meaningful conversations with one-another, rather than sending an email, text or phone call as well as learn how to manage the amount of time they spend on social media in a healthy way.

Tuesday, April 17 - Restaurant Takeover at State & Main (Red Deer South) 5:00 p.m. start 
(Tickets on sale now! Please visit the SJHS front office to purchase tickets)

WHO:

  • All are welcome! This event is open to the general public! 

WHAT:

  • The St. Joseph High School Grad Committee will host a Restaurant Takeover at State & Main (Red Deer South) on Tuesday, April 17 from to 8:00 p.m. in hopes of raising money for their Grad Service Project.
  • Silent auction (with awesome prizes)!
  • Celebrity servers! Including, a uniformed police officer, Superintendent Ken Foster, Lieutenant Colonel Lloyd Lewis, WestJet Captain in uniform, as well as our Principal, Mr. Daniel. 
  • 10% of food sales will go towards the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation
  • 100% of ticket sales will go to the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation! Tickets on-sale Monday, April 9 at the St. Joseph High School office. 

WHEN:

  • Tuesday, April 17 starting at 5 p.m.
  • Silent auction: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., with winners announced at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:

  • State & Main (Red Deer South) location 

WHY:

  • Raise awareness and support for Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation.

Wednesday, April 18 - A Smile A Day Keeps the Doctor Away - On-site Photobooth and Smile Wall

WHO:

  • This event is open to all staff and students.

WHAT:

  • Grab some props and crack your best smile at our on-site photobooth that will be brought in for this event!
  • Students will get to keep one set of pictures and the other set will be included on our school-wide "Smile Wall."

WHEN:

  • Wednesday, April 18 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Times may vary)

WHERE:

  • St. Joseph High School - the front staging area.

WHY:

  • These pictures will be used to show each smile/face of our school community and will be showcased throughout the month of April. Of course, it's all in support of the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation.

Thursday - April 19 - Movin’ For Mental Health Exercisathon

WHO:

  • Grade 12 students will be participating in three different time slots of workouts organized for this day.
  • St. Joseph High School feeder school students will participate.

WHAT:

  • Grade 12 students along with central Alberta fitness instructors will be leading our first-ever exercisathon! There will be Pound, kickboxing and Zumba!
  • St. Joseph High School Grade 12 students have invited students from their feeder schools to participate in this event and will run the exercisathon in three “waves” of student groups.
  • Each school group session will have:
    • Opening Presentation (Grade 12 representatives will start each session off with a preliminary presentation about living a healthy life and the importance of exercise on the mind and body).
    • Fitness session with Grade 12 students.
    • Snacks and prizes!  
  • All participants will be eligible to win prizes throughout the day for best costume, dance/exercise group, etc.
  • Theme - students are welcome to come dressed in their best DISCO (think neon colours!) work-out gear or costumes of choice!

WHEN:

  • Thursday, April 19
  • Wave times: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Times may vary)

WHERE:

  • The event will be held in the St. Joseph High School gymnasium. 

WHY:

  • The goal is to encourage people to make positive healthy choices by looking after both their mental and physical health. It is essentially a life skill that our students hope to help elementary and middle school students learn from a young age (this ties into the legacy our Grade 12 students hope to leave behind and create a ripple effect amongst our youth).

Friday - April 20 – Let It Ripple Day

WHO:

  • Grade 12 students
  • Grade 9 feeder school students will participate.

WHAT:

  • St. Joseph High School will be hosting Grade 9 students from our feeder schools in a strength-based event where they will learn how to increase their confidence upon entering into Grade 10 as well as learn about their character strengths and how to let their personalities shine (essentially, a “self-care” day). This day will also focus on the importance of movement on overall mental health.
  • Grade 12 students will lead some of these presentations and participate with the feeder school students in the activities throughout the day.
  • Activities include:
    • Don’t Feed Your Lizard Presentation - Ken King, Instructor/Coach (RDC Women's Basketball), Red Deer College.
    • The Science of Character - Jackie Tomalty, School Health Facilitator, Alberta Health Services and Grade 12 Grad Committee students.
    • Movement Through Dance - Char Andrew, Health & Wellness Coordinator, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.
    • Food + Mood Snack Break - Shelly Cooper, Public Health Dietitian, Alberta Health Services.

WHEN:

  • Friday, April 20
  • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

WHERE:

  • St. Joseph High School gymnasium.

WHY:

  • Students want to create a “ripple effect” amongst our youth and help them make healthy choices and learn how to be leaders in their community.

Bottle Drive:

  • A week-long bottle drive will take place April 16 - 20 as well.
  • We are encouraging all students to bring their bottles in!

**Attention Grade 12 students! We want your help with our first-ever, Grad Service Project week!

  • All Grade 12 students are encouraged to take part in our Grad Service Project week!
  • Please look for details on the monitors as well as on our website, posters, social media pages and Remind about how you can get involved and help spread awareness about mental health and the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation!
  • Volunteers are needed for both April 19 and 20.
  • For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Mrs. Visscher at 403.341.4423 (ext. 332713) or by email at ashley.visscher@rdcrs.ca.