Aldergrove Community Secondary School (ACSS) teacher Art Glauser (third from left) and leadership students Mandeep Paul, Jashan Brar and (far right) Josh Hatch fundraised recently in support of a local refugee family, in time for Christmas. Troy Landreville Langley Times

Aldergrove leadership students feeding refugee family for Christmas

High school students fundraise for local family

Teacher Art Glauser and his leadership students at Aldergrove Community Secondary School (ACSS) faced a happy dilemma, with Christmas just around the corner.

Initially the school’s Leadership class was going to sponsor a family through Langley Christmas bureau. However, there were so many applications to sponsor families this year they were unable to get a sponsor family.

Instead, they raised money for holiday shopping vouchers for a refugee family in Langley, explained ACSS principal Jeremy Lyndon.

“I applied online that week and received a response from the Langley Christmas Bureau the following week that there’s been such an outpouring of support this year, that there were no sponsor families available,” Glauser said.

So what to do?

In this case, the ACSS group decided to provide cash for food vouchers for a local Syrian refugee family of four, to buy what they needed for their Christmas dinner.

“So what they said was, that, due to language and various cultural circumstances with different groups in Langley – refugees such as Syrian and Karen – they provide those families with food vouchers that they can redeem according to their specific needs, so they are, every year, looking for cash donations for that,” Glauser related, from his conversation with the Christmas Bureau.

Glauser brought a couple of ideas back to his students the following week. They had bandied about a coin drive as well as selling samosas in the school.

“Some of our leadership students, they got a good deal on samosas at a really good restaurant, so we are going to do a big samosa sale at lunch and we’ve got a whole bunch of students involved in organizing that,” Glauser told The Times on Dec. 14.

The goal is that the sale, together with other fundraisers, would produce roughly $500 for the cause.

Grade 12 Josh Hatch said the payoff for the leadership students is the satisfaction of helping a family in need.

“It’s just really the fact of helping someone that can’t afford any of their traditional food in Canada,” Hatch said.

Glauser said as a leadership teacher, his goal is to get students to look outside of themselves and “get that experience of giving.”

“They not only get the reward of being able to do something for somebody else, but it also makes them realize how fortunate they are in many of those circumstances,” Glauser said.

The leadership class at ACSS is a year-long course in which students meet once each week before school, and do journaling and reflection. The core of the program is each student has to accumulate 100 volunteer hours within the course of the school year.

“So they have volunteer opportunities in school and outside of school,” said Glauser , citing after-school programs at nearby elementary schools, and helping out at the Aldergrove vets and seniors Christmas lunch as examples.

Glauser believes there is no greater characteristic in being a leader than helping others.

“That’s what leaders do: they are not there for themselves, they are there for others,” Glauser said.

Just Posted

Aldergrove Mall site becomes election issue

Letter from developers supporting current Township council sparks flurry of responses

Fort Langley to hold all-candidates meeting

A forum in the village includes Township of Langley school trustee, council, and mayoral candidates.

By-invitation meet-and-greet for Township council candidates draws flak

Organizer rejects complaint it amounted to a slate, calls suggestion a ‘conspiracy theory.’

UPDATED: Underground power fault blacks out part of downtown Langley

Electricity was out for a major commercial area.

Langley rower captures silver at world championships

The women’s eight makes a come-from-behind charge for back to back world championship medals

VIDEO: More cameras, police coming after Marissa Shen killed in Burnaby park

B.C. privacy watchdog worries that the cameras are a ‘slow creep’ to a surveillance state

VIDEO: a close-up look at what you were breathing during the wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

B.C. woman donates $250,000 to ovarian cancer research for friends

Two of Patty Pitts’s friends passed away from the disease within a year

B.C. could provide clues as to how New Brunswick electoral results shake out

Premier Christy Clark faced a strikingly similar scenario following the province’s 2017 election

Ottawa working to iron out kinks in public alert system

The alerts are being credit with saving lives during last week’s tornadoes

Premier John Horgan ponders debate on voting system changes

B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson wants one-on-one, no Green

Saganash drops F-bomb in Commons over federal approach to Trans Mountain

NDP’s reconciliation critic accused federal government of ‘wilfully’ violating constitutional duties

VIDEO: B.C. dairy farmer says Trump doesn’t understand the industry

‘They need supply management just as bad as we need to keep it’: sixth generation farmer Devan Toop

VIDEO: Death threat, racist comments spewed over empty seat on B.C. bus

Transit Police are investigating the incident, shared online by fellow passengers on Vancouver bus

Most Read