Thursday April 26, 2012
In the midst of sports and co-curricular activities, students at South Burlington High School give back to the community through the Coalition for Community Service (CCS), a student-run club aiming to make a difference in the world through volunteer work. With over 120 participants, the club is the largest in the school and continues to grow.
Senior officers Fathima Sameen, Aina Rattu, Amy Lawliss, and Neira Valentic have been participants of the club since their freshman year, actively participating in activities such as the Polar Express, Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk, Walk to Cure Diabetes, Penguin Plunge, and more.
Co-Presidents Amy Lawliss and Fathima Sameen are responsible for the operation of the meetings, as well as overseeing the group. Ms. Sameen states that much of the success of CCS is “due to the organizational piece of the officers and the meetings, as well as the opportunities presented to the group.”
“What makes CCS stand out,” adds Ms. Sameen, “is the fact that the club is serious and just plainly ‘gets stuff done.’ This is evident through the projects CCS has completed successfully.”
A CCS member since her freshman year, Amy Lawliss says, “I love the feeling of helping others and giving back to the community, and CCS gave me the chance to do this.”
Neira Valentic, co-secretary with junior Emily Camardo, is responsible for the club’s monthly agendas, as well as note-taking during the meetings. Additionally, she aids the organizational aspect of the club by maintaining attendance records. For Ms. Valentic, the “amazing attitude and spirit all the members have for wanting to volunteer” is what contributes to the uniqueness of CCS.
Aina Rattu is referred to as the CCS liaison, present to fill any necessary gaps. A student officer since her junior year, CCS was the first club Rattu joined in her freshman year, prompted by her interest in making a difference through community service. She steps in when a CCS officer is absent for a meeting and is also a reliable source of information on specific events.
“One special thing about CCS is diversity, Ms. Rattu states. “CCS is made up of everyone who wants to get involved; CCS welcomes everyone with open arms.”
If you would like to contact CCS or have any questions please email Mrs. LaVarnway the CCS Co-advisor at nlavarnway@
SOURCE: Basundhara Mukherjee, SBHS Class of 2014