Niagara College’s English for Academic Preparation (EAP) students deepened their connection with the community as they celebrated their program’s FUN Day, raising $3600.80 for the South Niagara branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Each term, NC’s EAP FUN Day exposes students to many ways to work together as a team. This emphasis on collaboration was even more meaningful this year as it was the first time the event partnered with a non-profit organization.
Each class was challenged to develop their own method of raising money and given one month in advance of the March 6 Bowl for Kids Sake fundraising event. The event featured 103 bowlers, and in other students and staff attended the FUN day to cheer on the bowlers.
“Participating in a fundraising event like Bowl for Kids Sake is a great way to build community in our international classrooms and can really contribute to student success,” said EAP program professor, Suzanne Nicks. Nicks teaches the EAP 5D class who were recognized for being the classroom with the most money raised.
Abel Adgo from Ethiopia was a member of the winning class and expressed how his teacher played a big role in his motivation to fundraise. He explained how he felt the event was a fun and new way to view fundraising. Bowl for Kids Sake also marked the student’s first experience bowling.
“I was really looking forward to spending time with my classmates,” said, Julie So, who is classmates with Adgo and is originally from South Korea. The student shared how she personally donated to the Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser and is quite familiar with contributing to the community, noting that she volunteered in her home country with an organization called Book Café which raised money selling donated, used books.
Prizes were also awarded for the best bowlers and NC’s EAP 5C class was awarded the best team spirit prize for their Go Canada theme.
Bowl for Kids Sake was just one of the many ways NC staff and faculty introduced students from around the world to life in Canada and what it means to be Canadian.
For more information on NC’s English for Academic Preparation program, visit: www.international.niagaracollege.ca/programs/english-for-academic-preparation/