Stu­dents earn a lit­tle thanks

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Speak­ing out and lend­ing a help­ing hand around Prince Ed­ward Is­land is pay­ing off for some Is­land stu­dents - in fact, it’s pay­ing $250 more.

Pre­vi­ously, the Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Bursary of­fered stu­dents $500 for vol­un­teer­ing their time in the fi­nal two years of high school.

Along with some Is­land stu­dents, the Youth Fu­tures Coun­cil, a group of youth tasked with pro­vid­ing ad­vice to the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, thought it was time for a raise.

Al­though a $250 in­crease may seem like pen­nies to some tu­ition costs, any avail­able fund­ing pro­vided to Is­land stu­dents is en­cour­ag­ing our youth to be­come more in­volved in their com­mu­ni­ties. Af­ter hear­ing stu­dent con­cerns about fi­nances and af­ford­abil­ity to con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion on Prince Ed­ward Is­land, the Youth Fu­tures Coun­cil rec­om­mended that the gov­ern­ment in­crease the bursary and ex­pand the pro­gram to in­clude Grade 10 stu­dents, which will en­cour­age young peo­ple to get in­volved at an ear­lier age.

We owe our stu­dents a lit­tle bit of thanks for their time. While high school can be a whirl­wind of or­ga­nized chaos, it’s im­por­tant that we rec­og­nize those stu­dents who still pause to help our com­mu­ni­ties, which will some­day be theirs.

Michael Fer­gu­son,

Ver­non

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