At Columbia, we believe that extracurricular activities are essential to every student’s development. Learning outside the classroom allows students to develop new skills, explore new interests, and meet many great friends. Columbia offers students over 60 unique clubs ranging from arts to technology and everything in between.

Bake-A-Difference is just one of the many exciting clubs that offers students the chance to do something fun while giving back to the local community. Every Wednesday, Bake-A-Difference club members meet to bake delicious treats like Berry Bars, Señor Piquante Chili Bites, and Turtle Cheesecake Truffles. These treats are then sold during lunch hours the following day in the Marketplace. Most items sell for 50¢ with all proceeds going to Hamilton’s Ronald McDonald House.

The club is a fun and creative outlet for students. In addition to having an interest in baking, members are eager to participate because they believe the club is “relaxing” and allows them to do “something you don’t get to do in residence.” Grade eleven students Lynn and Fiona love the club and credit it for helping them “discover new and healthy snacks.”

Bake-A-Difference is run by Ms. Beth who teaches students the values associated with responsibility and perseverance while promoting self-confidence. It is a club that encourages teamwork and leadership; values instilled in all of our students that help them become responsible global citizens.

Located next to McMaster Children’s Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House Hamilton (RMHH) provides a “home away from home for families of seriously ill children who are receiving treatment at a local children’s hospital.” RMHH expanded last spring by adding 25 new bedrooms to accommodate more families. To learn more about the charity please visit the RMHH website.