The months of September and October have been devoted to three service projects involving the whole school. Service projects are a great way to create and foster community. By being of service to others, we are reminded that we are part of a much larger plan. Service is an integral part of discipleship. As followers of Christ, it is sometimes necessary to leave our comfort zones and make ourselves available for the needs of others.
Our first service project focused on Saint Francis of Assisi. Among many other things, he was also the patron saint of animals. The Pre-K classes, the First Grade, the Second Grade, and the Eighth Grade were made responsible for collecting items for Saint Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, our local shelter in Madison. Saint Hubert’s is always in need of many items. These classes created posters asking for all kinds of things. Donations of food, blankets, toys, treats, and old sheets came pouring in. The hallway in the Elementary School was jam packed with bags of dog food, cans of ALPO, dog toys, aging duvets, plastic garbage bags, and many other items so desperately needed by the shelter.
On October 21st, Mrs. Fiore and the Eighth Grade loaded up two cars full of the items that had been collected. Mrs. Fiore and Mr. Castillo then took all the goods to the shelter.