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This year, as part of an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme service project, four Cheshire Academy students have decided to collect instruments and bicycles—in any state of repair—in order to spruce up and provide them to local homeless shelters. As IB Instructor and CAS advisor Chip Boyd explains, “These are items that homeless shelters are constantly looking for. While we don’t have the means to purchase and provide new instruments and bikes, we are hoping to raise enough funds to purchase repair tools to fix broken items collected from the local community.”
The service group encourages the community to drop off their used bicycles and instruments on October 19th, between 9-11am, at the main entrance of Cheshire Academy on route 10. For those residents in the town of Cheshire who are unable to drop their donated items off, our students will arrange for local pick-up. The IB students will also host a car wash tomorrow, Oct. 19, in order to raise money for any repair tools needed, such as bicycle chains, guitar strings and other necessities.
A component of the IB Diploma Programme, offered to students at Cheshire Academy, is the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) curriculum. As a way to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding, the CAS requirement encourages students to actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom.
For more information or to arrange for pick-up of your donated goods, please call Andy Bu at (347) 989-7170.
To learn more about the IB Diploma Program offered at Cheshire Academy, please visit http://www.cheshireacademy.org/ib.