Many years ago I was at a presentation that challenged the teachers and staff with the question. “Would your local community miss you if your school closed?” Naturally the parents, students and staff would miss you but would those beyond your immediate community.

I was encouraged this week to see Chairo Christian School Leongatha share photos of students who have volunteered to work on the garden at the local hospital. As a school in rural Victoria they already have their own vegetable garden and a strong interest in agriculture. This hospital garden is a project for the Secondary students. Rather they being a one off tidy up of the garden “they are also looking forward to maintaining the garden for both the patients and staff.”

How is your school serving your local community?