Niagara College will strike a first during its English for Academic Preparation (EAP) FUN Day by giving back to the community at Jeff’s Bowl-O-Rama in Welland on Wednesday, March 6.
Students participate in a Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraising event called Bowl for Kids Sake, with the money raised being donated to the South Niagara branch in support of mentorship programs in Niagara. The non-profit organization also offers programming, including group mentoring for teenagers, and clubs for newcomer Canadian youth.
The EAP program strengthens the English Language skills of NC’s International students and further develops their global competency skills through Canadian culture education. Each term, NC’s EAP FUN Day exposes students to many ways to work together as a team. This is the first time the event will partner with a non-profit organization.
“This year we are excited to enhance the experience for EAP students by providing a teachable moment on fundraising and charity in Canada, allowing students to become more culturally engaged in their community and further immersed in Canadian culture,” said international student engagement coordinator, Nattalie Boverhof.
Students in all 16 of NC’s EAP classes and their teachers were invited to participate in Bowl for Kids Sake. Each class was challenged to develop their own method of raising money for their team and given one month in advance of March 6 to fundraise. NC will award prizes for the best bowler, best team spirit and the EAP classroom that raises the most money.
Bowl for Kids Sake is just one of the many ways NC staff and faculty introduce students from around the world to life in Canada and try to instill what it means to be Canadian.
Those interested in donating may contact international student engagement coordinator, Nattalie Boverhof, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at extension 7851.