In each issue of the Branksome Halla, our aim is to highlight the outstanding achievements and successes of our students beyond the traditional classroom setting. This month, we take immense pride in presenting the remarkable initiatives within the CASE program, spearheaded by the passionate leadership of Haedam Lee, a Grade 10 student, and her committed team.
Firstly, the Breakers team, led by Haedam Lee and Yeseo Jeon (both in Grade 10), earned a spot among the Jeju Youth Service Center's Self-Led Service Project teams last April. Their outstanding efforts secured a grant of 500,000 won to support their activities. They chose to allocate these funds toward providing essential items to the Jeju Daycare Center for the Blind. After careful consultation with the center's staff, they decided to donate socks, shampoo, rice, and voice-activated wristwatches. On September 6th, Haedam and Yeseo personally delivered these items to the center, visiting with the students and even taking a tour. This personal connection allowed them to witness the impact of their CASE activity firsthand.
In another undertaking, the PAPAGO team, led by Haedam Lee, Yeseo Jeon, and Juwon Song (all Grade 10 students), participated in the Hope Classroom program, supported by the NGO, ADRF. This initiative saw all our leaders and one of our members, Hyunsun Kang (Grade 10), dedicating four days to introducing the Korean language to children in Nepal. Their lessons covered basic expressions like 'Hello,' 'Thank you,' and 'I Love You.' To make the classes more interesting, they listened to K-pop music and learned some of the lyrics. Despite the virtual format, this program enabled the PAPAGO team to talk about Korean culture, bringing our team closer to the children. The positivity and eagerness to learn displayed by the young students left a lasting impact on our team, highlighting the common ground they shared despite their geographical differences.