“Service learning allows our students to focus on serving God by serving others. They learn interdependence and commitment to others while being challenged to think critically for real-life problem solving.”
Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of service projects throughout the year. Jesus’ life focused on serving others. Using His example, we find numerous ways to help those in need. Students also learn our Catholic beliefs concerning these matters based on biblical teaching, and ways they can incorporate these teachings into their everyday lives.
Each month St. Mary's will donate to a charitable organization by sponsoring a Dollar Day. Anyone who donates at least $1 may wear jeans that day to school. One class per month and every class is covered. Each class is responsible for choosing an organization to which to donate, for example, the thrid grade chose St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital.
It seems easy to donate money but donating time is another way we are teaching our children to serve one another. The Eighth Grade must complete 25 service hours (15 are for Confirmation), and the Seventh Grade must complete 10 service hours. The hours could include volunteering at a soup kitchen, cleaning the cemetary, or raking the yard of someone who is unable to perfom that task. Whatever they choose, we want the students to be aware of how helping others is serving Christ.