Glenwood House College infused community service into its Life Orientation programme and students are required to a minimum number of hours of community service hours per year.
The school has a Leos Club that is involved in numerous projects in and around George and initiatives from students to raise funds and awareness are encouraged and entertained.
The Leos spearheads the community service of the College. Leos meet twice a week for the maintenance of projects and visits at Project Venues. The Leos enjoy the same weight in importance as any other sport or cultural activity, which gives a good idea of the importance of community service for school management – there are certain lessons that are not learnt inside the walls of a classroom.
Part and parcel of the Grade 10, 11, and 12 Life Orientation curriculums is a minimum of 20 hours of community service. Community service also forms part of the school’s discipline policy as it has a lasting effect on students who participate in it.
- “Bless-a-Child” Christmas Party
For one day the students and teachers become servants and as many as 100 under-privileged children in and around George become kings and queens. This project has shown phenomenal success over the past few years and many parents and students donate money and items for this event. The day involves:
- Cake, sweets, and other eats;
- A visit from Santa Claus and gift packs filled with stationery, toiletries, toys, and many other gifts and surprises;
- Jumping castles and face-painting
You can imagine the lessons learned when a student becomes part of this initiative and hands over a gift that is appreciated so much.
- Annual Easter Egg Competition
Every year the school overflows with boxes and boxes of Easter Eggs. Parents and students donate wonderfully and this project is a stunning success every single year. The Grade that gathers the most Easter Eggs receive a prize. During the last Competition more than 13000 Easter Eggs were collected and distributed among the various under-privileged children in and around George.
- Teddies for Thembalethu Clinic
Teddies were collected and found new homes in February of each year. Many under-privileged children found themselves in possession of a fluffy and lovable teddy bear. Most of these teddies were collected from homes where children were no longer using them, and it was heart-warming to see how much other children appreciated the used teddies as if they were brand new.
- Two Days without SHOES
This event was the initiative of one student in the school, and it grew in a mere few days to an astonishing success where more than 300 pairs of socks and 200 pairs of shoes were collected. Glenwood students spent two days without any footwear – no shoes at home or at school. The idea was to create awareness of children who walk far to go to school every day without any shoes. The project had a significant impact on our children and they appreciated the blessing of a mere pair of shoes in their daily lives. The collected shoes and socks were distributed among the under-privileged youth in and around George.
- Smaller Projects
Other smaller projects included enriching the lives of others by presenting flowers to the elderly at old-aged homes, providing custard and jelly to many under-privileged children, working at SPCA or Donkey shelters, etc.