Thank you Kristy Hayter at Covenant House for posting this recognizing our school’s nomination!

For National Philanthropy Day, Covenant House Vancouver nominated Island Pacific School for a Giving Hearts Award for Outstanding Youth Philanthropist. The Association of Fundraising Professionals National Philanthropy Day recognizes individuals and groups that make a difference in their communities.

Community Service is one of the foundations of programming at Island Pacific School. Each grade has a different focus. The grade 6/7 classes volunteer on Bowen Island; from the BI Children’s Centre to Collensia Community Farm. Grade 8 students individually choose an organization that they want to contribute to by fundraising or action.

Grade 9 students work with us at Covenant House Vancouver by hosting Sleep Out: Student Edition which raises awareness and funds for homeless youth. Over the past 5 years, the incredible students have raised over $40,000 for youth experiencing homelessness.

Just before winter holidays the school dedicates a day where their juniors bake and cook for the Bowen Food Bank and their senior student’s volunteer at Quest Food Exchange in Vancouver putting together holiday hampers for families.

On a more global scale, IPS has a relationship with an orphanage and school in Ghana, West Africa. Their students have been writing pen-pal letters for 10 years and have raised about $55,000 to send students to senior high school.

We would like to thank our amazing friends at Island Pacific School for helping to make positive change in the world and our local communities!

Kristy Hayter