Opportunities for Service
Students and teachers are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities to be of service to others. Prime Times devise ways that they can help needy people and invite others to participate with them. Last year Prime Times sold Mardi Gras beads to support Katrina relief. Before the holidays, Prime Times collected food items to donate to needy families. During the holidays we collected items for the Angel Tree. When the Allen Community Relief put out an appeal for pantry items, we pitched in. We also helped our with the Keep Allen Clean campaign by spreading out over our campus and collecting trash.
Organizations like NJHS, Beta Club, and the Student Council perform service in the community as well. Groups go to our neighborhood nursing home to visit with residents, pack holiday boxes for needy children, visit elementary schools to read with the children, and participate annually in the Relay for Life to raise money for cancer research.
Helping Each Other Every Day
Finally, students at Ford serve one another through programs such as Peer Helpers and PALS. Peer Helpers give up an hour of their day to attend classes with their peers to help them with their lessons. PALS are trained and are available to act as peer mediators. In addition, students use part of their school day to work as library, office, teacher, and lab aides.