Grade 12 students at St. Joseph High School have chosen to support the Hospice Society of Red Deer for their grad service project.
The grad committee selected the hospice society to raise awareness and support the families going through this difficult stage of life.
“Our students chose the aging community as an area they would like to focus on, as it aligned with the issues of interest they identified, and with our faith journey as a school,” said grad service project co-ordinator Ashley Visscher.
“Helping those during this difficult time in their lives is something our grad committee is very passionate about and I look forward to seeing what this year brings as we kick off our third grad service project.”
Students have the opportunity to volunteer at the Hospice Society of Red Deer and spend time with residents. This includes sharing their own gifts and talents with patients, as well as assisting with the annual Hospice Society Gala in March.
James McPherson, chair of the hospice society’s board of directors, said the agency is very thankful to the grad committee.
“The fact that young students would select hospice among a number of worthy charities in our community makes a profound statement about our youth today. To support the expansion of our home and our end-of-life palliative care for our residents, says that students care and respect the care we provide our increasingly aging senior population,” McPherson said.