When I read in the Straits Times a few months ago about Willing Hearts operating a soup kitchen that cooks for the needy every day, I thought it would be great if our Food Preparation students could volunteer and apply their learning and skills in an authentic environment and have a chance to serve the less privileged. I therefore linked up with the organisation and set up our collaboration where our students could do their VIA during the December school holidays.
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On the first day, our students worked with other volunteers with tasks like packing food washing and cutting vegetables. I am proud to see our students being able to fit into the environment easily as the training in school had really helped them to be able to do the tasks. In the next four days at Willing Hearts, our students showed respect, care and resilient as they never complained they were tired or chose only the easy tasks. They did their fair bit of the work assigned and rested only when the work was done.
As quoted by Mdm So, our Principal, “Our students need to go beyond the class room to practise what they know and have learnt. To practise our school values, CCE values and skills in the real world, Value In Action (VIA), is a good platform which can give them opportunities to grow and have a feeling of inclusiveness in our society.”.
Indeed Willing Hearts is not only a soup kitchen, it also provides opportunities for students to grow and learn with volunteers from all walks of life. For our students, I would give them my heartfelt appreciation of their contribution to Willing Hearts, having sacrificed some part of their vacation holidays to do charitable work.
“Thank you, students, Good job done ! ”