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What would you do if you found an unconscious man lying on the sidewalk on your way to school one morning?

Yeshvi Mehta, a Grade 11 Deer Lake student, didn’t hesitate for a second. She immediately called 911 and began performing CPR on the individual for the next 12 minutes until paramedics arrived. Though the man spent several weeks in hospital in critical condition, he has since recovered and doctors say Yeshvi’s selfless response and skillful CPR saved his life. Yeshvi is just one of many Deer Lake students who love to serve others. While her actions were pretty dramatic, many other simple acts of service take place every day around our school.

Once a month it’s the Grade 6, 7 and 8 students making sack lunches for the Burnaby Taskforce on Homelessness.

Other times it’s 96 students travelling 400 kilometres to spend a day doing community clean-up for the town of Armstrong.

Often it’s raising awareness for issues of social justice - like sending a petition to the local Member of Parliament and the Prime Minister to influence the return of 214 kidnapped Nigerian girls. Maybe it’s just raising money to buy fresh water for families in Kenya, but no matter how large or small the task, every day ordinary kids at Deer Lake School use their extraordinary hearts to serve others – and that’s the behaviour of a group of super heroes!

“Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they may have seemed, you did it for me.” Matthew 25:40

BY GAILEEN WOYTKO, COMMUNITY RELATIONS & MARKETING

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