For the first-time ever, St. Joseph High School students will be participating in a Grad Service Project. This year, students will be raising funds for the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation.
The Grad Committee chose the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation, because students saw and continue to see, the daily effects that mental health has on people and how it affects the school community. Their hope is to leave behind a legacy of encouraging students to make positive and healthy choices while creating a “ripple” effect throughout the school and The City of Red Deer. Mental health was a huge topic of conversation amongst the Grad Committee when determining where they wanted to focus their fundraising efforts for their inaugural year. Driving factors also included St. Joseph High School’s sense of community, inclusiveness and acceptance of others.
On April 16 – 20, the Grade 12 students and staff will participate in a series of events focusing on healthy ways to improve overall mental health and aim to not only raise funds but awareness about mental illness.
Event highlights of the Grad Service Project week include:
- April 16 - Unplug for Mental Health Cellphone-Free Day
- April 17 - Restaurant Takeover at State & Main (South Location, Red Deer) 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
- April 18 - A Smile A Day Keeps the Doctor Away - On-site photobooth and smile wall
- April 19 - Movin’ For Mental Health Exercisathon
- April 20 - Let It Ripple Day
For more information and event details about the Grad Service Project week, please visit https://stjosephhigh.ca/gradua
The Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation is geared at providing financial help to those with mental illness, as well as supporting the youth showing signs of, or experiencing a mental health crisis. The founders Cindy and Rick More, have continued to advocate for mental health awareness after losing their daughter, Lindsey, to suicide. For more information about the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation, please visit www.facebook.com/SmilesThruLin