During the Christmas Tree Sale before Christmas in Mulgrave school, I have participated with several of my classmates which the event was so successful that all trees were sold out in less than three hours, This event surprised me about the connection between families and school. This sense of community my school offers is unique and unreplaceable. It also taught me that any business, from fundraising to selling a product, must create its own connection and relationships to its customers and their communities in order to maintain its vitality.
As a mandarin tutor for elementary students at West Vancouver Library I have used my experiences from being the Book-buddy, which allowed me to have a closer relationship with the students. I found that children learns new vocabularies easily form reading a interested story rather then memorizing from the boring flash cards. Therefore, I sometimes write simple storeis which are similar to the style that a student likes, in order to encourage them to learn more challenging characters as Chinese characters appears difficult to write and hard to memorize. Although I only participated for three weeks in July, I found this experience precious to me since the sense of achievement is staisfying.
The Jam Fundraiser Project of Envision Vancouver is held by our team of high-school students including Jerry, David and I. This project is attempting to sell home made jams in order to raise the fund for further activities on helping the homeless people living in downtown eastside.
The raw materials, the apple, strawberry and rasberry, were carefully chosen and our group of grade 12 students has participated in the jam-making process which took us more than five hours from smashing the fruit to decorating each glass can with ribbons and printed paper, To ensure the jams have the favourable tastes, we had two test trials in the previous week to examine the amount of pectin required to complete the desired product. The finalized optimal amount of pectin and sugar for, respectively, 10 oz of apple, 10 oz of blueberry, and 10 oz of raspberry. It took 7 hours for 4 of our members to make 48 jars of jams.
On the day of selling jams, located at the atrium of West Vancouver Community Center, we prepared a poster that includes both the flavour of the jams, and a short description of the goals of Envision Vancouver. The outcome of the projects was very successful, where all jams were sold out in merely a few hours, and the fund raised has achieved a total amount of 206.45, after subtracted from the cost.
It was a unforgetable experience for me that allows me have an insight on risk management in business when David and I had discussed on the number of cans and the pricing of each product in order to avoid a loss in costing.
From November 28th to December 26th, I have volunteered at the West Vancouver Memorial Library as a book-buddy with children who attempts to read books on Saturday morning.
On the first day of volunteer after the orientation, I was nerves because it is the first time for me to do this type of volunteer and I picked a variety of books ranged in different age groups in order to prepare myself before the children’s arrival. However, after I met my book-buddy of the day, I realized that the children have their own favorite series of book, and the book I chose may not satisfy their interest.
On the following weeks, I would prepare only two graphic books and lead my buddy to pick the book they like so they could enjoy the time while reading. Candies are also another trick to help them to concentrate on reading after confirming if they have any allergies with their parents. Once there is a good relationship with my book-buddy, it is much easier to communicate with them especially for then once who are shy.