From left to right: Forestry students Aaron Paul, Lucas St. Onge, instructor Dustin Herbison and student instructor Dawson Hughes fill sandbags to prepare for more flooding in the Central Okanagan Thursday, at Ellison Fire Hall. - Image Credit: Carli Berry/Capital News

Editorial: Students leading the way

Kelowna students have shown great community leadership over the past several weeks in many ways

At a time when it seems there is a large appetite for all things negative (see web/Facebook comments everywhere) there is plenty of positivity being generated by some of the youngest members of society right here in the Central Okanagan.

We speak of our students, who have shown great community leadership over the past several weeks while we deal with flood concerns around the region.

When the first wave of floods hit, there was Rutland Senior’s forestry class heading out into the community to help fill sandbags while students from high schools such as George Elliot in Lake Country rolled up their sleeves when it looked like their school could be hit by high water.

And it’s not just in this time of emergency preparedness that students have gone to great lengths. No, there are ongoing projects that we hear about every week here at the Capital News as students get out and spread good cheer in the neighbourhood.

Recent efforts included projects that we touch on in Wednesday’s issue of the Capital News including students working on a community art project to honour the RCMP and others who gathered and met with seniors at Fernbrae Manor to present them garden boxes to allow seniors easy access to gardening.

And then there is the annual KSS drive-through breakfast which will take place Thursday morning in the parking lot of RONA, raising money for the BC Cancer Foundation. Incredibly, over the years, KSS has raised some $360,000 for the foundation.

It’s so easy today to point to our youth and say they are growing up in a time of technological change that is keeping them from interacting with society. That may be true to some point. But it’s probably more true for adults, who are the ones leading the way when it comes to getting lost in the world of technology. Kids mimic parents and if a child is lost in technology, you can bet their parent is as well.

But when it comes to our schools, students and teachers are putting great effort into this community and into creating community leaders. Classroom upon classroom is doing great work in their respective communities teaching children the importance of helping out.

As adults we can learn something from the way these kids are giving back to the community. Well done students!