Some very important learning for the students of St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School takes place outside of the classroom as they participate in a variety of service opportunities. A key part of our Catholic identity calls for us to be caring Christians and to do good works for the benefit of others. Highlighted here are just a few of the service projects that help our students help others.
Service Learning: NJHS Collects Treats for the Troops
As a special service to those who protect and defend our freedoms, the National Junior Honor Society coordinated a Treats for the Troops Collection. The NJHS collected Halloween candy from students and encouraged students to write cards and letters to soldiers. The candy was then delivered to Shorewood Family Dental who generously shipped the candy to Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude sends care packages to our soldiers overseas. Thanks to the generosity of our St. Als/St. Pat's students, five large boxes of candy were donated. Many students also wrote cards and letters to the soldiers and those were also sent along with the candy treats!
Service Learning: Celtics Care for Others
President Ian first identified the Watts of Love organization and suggested that
it would be a worthy focus for a Student Council community outreach activity.
Representatives from the organization were invited to come to our school and
talk about the need for safe and cost-effective lighting that uses the energy
of the sun for impoverished areas around the world. The Council Vice President
of Student Council Affairs, Luke, coined our campaign theme: Do the Bright
Thing, Donate to Watts of Love. Our school community raised over $600.00 during
the campaign. This will supply 12 families with lights.
Service Learning: Summer Helpers at Lemont Library
St Alphonsus / St. Patrick School students continue to live out the Celtic Mission to serve their school and community even during the summer break. Many of our students have helped others by volunteering at the Lemont Public Library. Our students volunteered their services for the "Reading by Design" program. The students tallied the reading logs for young summer library patrons and performed other service for the program. Our Celtics live our mission year round!
Service Learning: The Hearts and Hands Club
The Hearts and Hands Club is a small cadre of fourth through seventh grade students who, with their advisor, Ms. Wenzel, dedicate themselves to outreach projects that help others and show care. The Photos here showcase two of their most recent projects. One was to spearhead Easter Basket creation for the retired sisters....they encouraged other students to contribute cards and other items the nursing home residents would enjoy and they were overwhelmed with generous contributions! They also held a reception for community service workers and gifted them with prayer rocks they had created.
Service Learning: Catholic Relief Service Rice Bowl Project
We prayed, fasted, and gave alms — now we celebrate Easter joy! Our Lenten journey with the Catholic Relief Service Rice Bowl ends as we encounter our risen Lord. We reflect on our brothers and sisters with whom we have walked in India, Zambia, El Salvador, Mexico, Ethiopia, and Hawaii. We commit to bring Easter joy to each person we meet in our daily lives. Our community changed lives this Lent. We collected $454.07 to donate to the program this year.
Service Learning: National Junior Honor Society Service Projects
One of the hallmarks of the National Junior Honor Society is Service. They take this mandate seriously and seek to serve not only our own school community but also the wider community. This year they have participated in a Feed My Starving Children Mobile Packing effort, collected surplus Halloween candy for service men and women, collected money and food for the Souper Bowl of Caring, cooked an entire meal for a homeless shelter, and helped deliver the Spiritual Bouquets that the classrooms created during Catholic Schools Week to nursing home residents. This caring and energetic group of young people, under the direction of Mrs. Lerch and Mr. Munyon, set a great example of Christian service for all of us.