Service is an integral part of our Religion Program. Several school wide projects spearheaded by our Student Council are completed throughout the year, including our St. Vincent DePaul Food Drive, Spring Cleaning Supply Drive, as well as various clothing drives for local emergency assistant centers.
Each teacher also focuses on service within the classroom. In the younger grades, children complete class service projects such as writing notes to veterans, making art projects for our Villa or decorating placemats for local nursing home. As students enter the intermediate grades, we have students become much more focused on their service activities. Baking pies to be served at local hunger centers that provide lunch, or making cards for a women’s shelter exposes our students to the less fortunate.
While class service projects continue at the junior high level, children are required to perform three hours of service per quarter outside of school. Visiting Hattie Larlham Adult Day Care or St. Pat’s Hunger Center are just two of the many activities our children visit to complete such service. The children categorize their service based on the seven Social Justice Teachings and reflect on their work quarterly in Religion class.
We challenged our junior high students to accumulate 100 service hours throughout the year. Students begin to achieve this goal over the summer, as they work at our local library and assist with our church festival. Students who achieve the goal of 100 services hours or more are honored each May at an all-school assembly.
Not only our students but also their families are called to – through the example of Jesus – to serve one another. Visit our Volunteer Opportunities (link to this page) page to find out all the ways you can get involved.