By Mrs. Doromal
The 2014-2015 Service Learning Council was a hardworking, dedicated, and creative group of 18 extraordinary students. Each one brought something special to the group to make it an outstanding and memorable council. Each student will forever hold a place in my heart.
Together these stars earned over 18,000 service hours in the school and community! What did they do?
They worked in hospitals in Orlando and even in Chicago while on vacation. They Walked Like MADD to prevent drunk driving.
They worked to end human trafficking by serving at the Human Trafficking Awareness Day at Lake Eola and sponsoring the Florida Abolitionists and Set Free for a dynamic and inspiring Human Trafficking Awareness Day at TCHS.
They sponsored CANtastic to collect food for the Health Care Center for the Homeless and the TCHS Food Pantry. They collected Ensure, Boost and Gatorade for the homeless cancer patients. As the last project before summer, they collected mosquito repellant, bottled water, jeans and cells phones for the Health Care Center for the Homeless Hope Team to distribute to the homeless who live on the streets and in the woods.
They sponsored Red Ribbon Day to teach the dangers of drug use; UN International Day of Peace to promote peace and tolerance; Green Holiday and Earth Day to promote Environmental Stewardship. They created the activities for the OCPS Green Day and they oversaw the recycling program for the school.
They taught about civil rights and black history with over 40 bulletin boards. They taught about the dangers of texting and driving through Public Service Announcements aired on WOLF TV.
They donated over $600 to the COMPACT Program to be used for student scholarships. They served in animals shelters, churches, at sports camps, at the homeless shelters, in classrooms, with Clean the World, and with migrant farm worker advocates. They participated in walks and fund raisers to fight cancer, cerebral palsy and domestic violence.
Under the leadership of Angel, they produced a film for the White House Film Festival to promote service. They wrote editorials and editorial cartoons about Florida environmental issues that was compiled into a book for future service learning students.
They won every major prize in the county's Red Ribbon Day essay, poster and Public Service Announcement contests. Four of them recorded, "Molly is not your friend", a Public Service Announcement discouraging the use of the drug, Molly that was aired on iHeart Radio. They won first prize from the Orange County SADD/SAFE Drug-Free Enhancement Program for their dedication to promoting a drug-free school and community.
They attended the premiere of Food Chains and participated in a forum on farm worker issues. They performed service at the Global Peace Film Festival. They volunteered to assist at several Avalon Park events and collected candy so that the children at Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital could celebrate Halloween from their hospital beds.
The council students exemplify everything that is great about service learning. They proved that no one has to wait until they are an adult to be a valuable citizen of their community.
To the Service Learning Council: I want to thank each of you for making me proud, and astonishing me with the depth of your compassion and generous hearts. Sometimes you may take the backstage to the star athletes, performers and scholars, but in my eyes you are true stars. You took what you learned in class and applied that knowledge in the school and community to make a real and lasting difference in hundreds of lives.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
|Presenting cords to seniors|
|Adrian and Aaron|
|The long table of friends.|
As we were leaving the restaurant, we ran into Fernando
Nunez, who was the Service Learning Council
Vice President in 2009. Fernando took what he learned in the SLC
to start Beyond the Wall, a nonprofit to help the needy in Columbia.