Community Project Helps Homeless (Practice what we teach)

Rowville Secondary College Teachers Assistant, Ms. Marcelle Hall went above and beyond her role, taking on the Year 12 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Community Project. Marcelle has worked at Rowville Secondary College for nearly 20 years supporting all students with their studies, including students with disabilities or who have learning difficulties.

I wanted to practice what we teach and really understand what processers are involved in achieving a community project alongside the students in the class whom I support and also understand the problems they may face doing the community studies. At the same time learn what the disadvantaged go through each day.” – Ms. Marcelle Hall.

The Community Project Marcelle chose was to help put together items that are desperately needed for the homeless and families in distress. Marcelle was overwhelmed with the response she received from companies and made 100 care packages including; muesli bars, Colgate toothpaste and tooth brushes, shampoos, conditioners, soaps, deodorants, fruit cups, yoghurt coated sultanas, fruit sticks, comfortable socks, cheese and crackers plus bottles of water.

A huge thank you to the companies who supported Marcelle’s community project: Carmen’s, Colgate, Snap, Unilever, Dove, Underworks, Big W, Chemist Warehouse, Stanly Packaging, Woolworths. Without these companies’ community spirit Marcelle said this would not have been possible, they deserve our thanks. An amazing total value of $6,863.78 and over 2,800 items.

The Salvation Army were overwhelmed with the care packages and could not believe how this will help lift spirits of our underprivileged during the holiday season. They collected the 100 care packages from Marcelle’s home a week before Christmas.

“This unique experience has given me a lot of information about teaching this task to students in the future. How to breakdown a community project, where to start, strategies, tracking, and timing, how to keep it moving forward and logging data.” Said Marcelle.  “Thank you to Grace Davidson and Major Mark Kop from the Salvation Army for their help and support.”

“Your dedication to our students and the community project is incredible. You did an amazing job Marcelle and everyone at RSC is proud. Thank you for inspiring us and showing everyone what is possible.” – Mr. Tallarida, Vice Principal.