Phil­an­thropic Club helps out south­east Al­ber­tans

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - NEWS - By Ryan Dahlman

The Phil­an­thropic Club at Ea­gle Butte High School in Dun­more cer­tainly lived up to its name last week.

The four-mem­ber stu­dent group do­nated a to­tal of $4,000 June 9 to three groups which help south­east­ern Al­berta be a lit­tle bet­ter place.

In to­tal, three groups ben­e­fit­ted from the club in­clud­ing Mus­tard Seed $1,500 (help­ing feed lo­cal in­di­vid­ual and fam­i­lies hot meals); HALO Res­cue $1,500 and Medicine Hat Food Bank - $1,000.

Raible ex­plains that Sam Mon­toya had a chess club at the school and he wanted them to give back to the school and com­mu­nity. So, in or­der to raise funds to help out others they started sell­ing pizza over se­lected noon-lunch time hours twice a week. Money raised would go to dif­fer­ent groups or projects.

When Mon­toya re­tired from the group, the torch was passed, and there were no in­ten­tions of let­ting the spirit de­cline. The goal is the club be­comes self-suf­fi­cient and the stu­dents run and man­age it them­selves.

“He passed the club to me; stu­dents wanted to keep go­ing,” ex­plains Raibale who noted there was dis­cus­sion of re­nam­ing it the Pizza Club be­cause in­ter­est in chess was wan­ing. They de­cided on Phil­an­thropic Club.

This year’s full time mem­bers in­cluded Ter­rence Os­trowski and Justin Konosky (EBHS Grade 10); Jessyca Van­dor and Kate­lyn Vos (Grade 11). Raible noted there were others who helped oc­ca­sion­ally and got ma­jor as­sis­tance from school li­brar­ian Sherry An­ton who did a lot of work with the group.

In pre­vi­ous years, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity and Red­cliff Youth Club have been ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

Raible says it wasn’t overly dif­fi­cult to se­lect the groups this year.

In ad­her­ing to the pan­demic guide­lines and keep the group num­bers low, Raible handed the cheques to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of each group.

The only as­pect which would have made it more per­fect is the fact that the stu­dents weren’t on hand to see the re­ceivers’ re­sponses but re­gard­less, Raible was so proud of ev­ery­one in­volved and loved see­ing the resid­ual af­fects of the work done.

“It’s hard to put into words on do­ing this and teach­ing them to em­power peo­ple who are truly in need,” ex­plains Raible. “Just to be able to sup­port these groups is spe­cial. Two lunch hors a week and to a teenager, that’s a lot of what they have for free time dur­ing a day. To see how it trans­lated in the end, you de­velop a greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the year. …to see the rip­ple ef­fect of small acts of kind­ness (com­bined to­gether).

“They weren’t do­ing this to eat pizza; they were do­ing it to give back.”

The group de­cided on HALO, the Mus­tard Seed and the food bank for var­i­ous rea­sons. HALO was an ob­vi­ous choice as the Ea­gle Butte is the only high school be­sides South Cen­tral in Oyen within the Prairie Rose School Di­vi­sion. Raible noted that the air am­bu­lance “rep­re­sented the de­mo­graphic.”

As such, the stu­dent body is gen­er­ally com­prised of stu­dents who come from ru­ral schools and area such as Irvine, Seven Per­sons, Jen­ner, Ral­ston, Red­cliff and Schuler. Raible says they ei­ther know some­body who was helped by HALO or are well aware of the importance of such a ser­vice in the re­mote ar­eas of south­east Al­berta.

The Mus­tard Seed the group liked how it helped in­di­vid­ual fam­i­lies get through rough life patches. The food bank has helped with Raible and his break­fast club pro­gram.

This pro­gram was im­por­tant as some stu­dents some­times wouldn’t have any food at home and this was a way that they got some food in their sys­tem to start the day. Raible would pay for sup­plies out of his own pocket but the food bank would help a lot as well.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated their help,” ex­plained Raible. “We wanted the money to get into the hands of those who sup­ported the school.”

As for next year, Raible is count­ing on his great core of four as they will all be in Grade 11 or 12 the next school year. He wants to grow the vol­un­teer base so as to ex­pand their pro­grams and phi­lan­thropy. He was so proud by their work that he reached out to lo­cal MLAs Michaela Glasgo and Drew Barnes as well as MP Glen Motz who will be writ­ing let­ters of ap­pre­ci­a­tion. “They never did this for recog­ni­tion but we want them to know peo­ple no­ticed their work,” he said.

Pho­tos con­trib­uted

Scott Raible presents cheque to the Mus­tard Seed and to HALO.

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