October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It was also Make A Difference Day, and with a grant from the Charles H. Bassett Youth Foundation, YES Club students volunteered at A New Hope Center‘s domestic violence shelter. The students gained valuable life skills as they taped and painted three small rooms at the shelter and helped with a variety of other small projects around the shelter. They especially enjoyed chatting with a few of the residents and knowing that what they were doing, though small, really is important.
Leading up to their day of volunteering, the YES Club students did a household supplies drive. A New Hope Center provides basic household items and cleaning supplies to residents who are transitioning to live on their own. YES Club was able to collect several boxes, bags, and tubs of all purpose cleaners, laundry detergent, blankets, household linens, toiletries, and kitchen items.
The YES program at Spencer-Van Etten is quickly growing! We kicked off the academic year with an assembly to present to eligible students on all that YES club has to offer. Three YES club students from Newark Valley attended to explain their own experiences from being in the program. The presentation touched upon all the field trips and activities we will be doing this year to correlate with our new CORE FOUR themes. The core four themes are: Building Life Skills, Discovering Culture, Exploring Careers and Changing the World (community service).
In addition to field trips and activities, YES Club students will receive free school supplies and after school homework help. YES Club families will receive an invitation to attend our annual Christmas Dinner and end of the year picnic!
If you are the parent/guardian of a Spencer-Van Etten High School student and want to learn more about YES Club eligibility requirements contact:
YES Program Specialist
YES Club hosted a Pancake Supper fundraiser dinner for their spring community service project. They raised enough money to refurbish two wheelchairs to be shipped overseas to people with disabilities who otherwise are not mobile. The proceeds are being donated to Joni & Friends Wheels for the World.