Estevan was home to the first Junior Quota (JQ) Club in the country last year with the launch of a program at Hillcrest School.
Westview School became the second school in the country to have a JQ. And now the Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) is home to Canada's first high school JQ club.
"I think they will find that, because this is going into the second year for Westview and Hillcrest JQs, that having the Comp. school helping them (the elementary school students) and mentoring them in many different ways will be beneficial," said Quota Club of Estevan member Valerie Hall.
Hall said that the presence of a JQ club at ECS projects should benefit such projects as the ECS Halloween for Hunger food drive and the Operation Christmas Child shoe box campaign.
"People should be very proud to know that not only with school projects, but outside of the school, that students want to help and that they care," said Hall.
Several students at ECS have already committed to joining the JQ program, and Hall expects more will be willing to help during projects. Margaret Duncan is the liaison person at the school.
ECS students need to volunteer for a minimum number of hours in the community before they can graduate, and Hall believes that the JQ is an ideal way to reach that number, while having fun.
The JQ clubs at Hillcrest and Westview, which boast students in Grade 6 to 8, have been doing tremendous work since their respective inceptions a year ago, Hall said. They each have more than 14 members.
Now that ECS has a club, Hall said it allows students who graduate from Hillcrest and Westview to join a JQ once they reach the Comp.
"There are some who were in it last year (at an elementary school) who are in it at the Comp. this year," said Hall. "Hopefully the word will get out quicker as they get back together."
Hall said that schools in other communities are looking to launch JQ programs of their own, but thus far in Canada, JQs remain a concept that's unique to Estevan.