Living our faith – at home, school, work, and afar

The SND Education Vision and Principles are alive and well with our partnership schools. Here are just a few examples of how teachers and students are combining academic content in religion, social studies and economics classes with a living, vibrant faith …..

The Campus Ministry Group at St Pius X – St Matthias Academy in Downey, CA hosted “Living Stations of the Cross” – a visually powerful reminder of the gift of salvation bestowed upon us as Christians.

Students at St. Mary School in Avon, OH raised funds for “Pennies for Patients” for their Lenten service project.

Pennies for Patients is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student Series campaign, working with thousands of schools across the country to raise funds for blood cancer research.

According to the LLS’s campaign website, the five-year survival rate for children with the most commonly diagnosed pediatric leukemia was 3% in 1964. Today the five-year survival rate is 90%!!

Heading south from Avon, students at St Agnes School in Ft. Wright, KY are collecting money to send five students in Buseesa, Uganda to school. The bar graph to the right shows how much the students have collected for each student. The goal was to collect $3,000 as each student needs $600 to attend the St. Julie School. And yes – they met their goal!!

Any extra money that is now collected will be going to books for the children in Uganda.

In Thousand Oaks, California at La Reina High School and Middle School the students embraced Catholic Relief Services’ “Rice Bowl” as a Lenten activity. Seventy-five percent of their fundraising efforts supports CRS’ programs around the world like agriculture projects to help farmers improve harvests; water and sanitation projects to bring clean water to communities; and mother and child health projects to offer health and nutrition services. The balance of the funds raised go to hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in La Reina’s home community. Last year’s Rice Bowl collection helped La Reina earn a $1,000 CRS grant to fund the middle school and Green Team gardens – with the hope that part of the garden harvest can be donated to local agencies.

Finally back in Ohio at Notre Dame College, a diverse group of students eschewed a spring break of relaxing in the sun on sandy beaches and headed to Alabama for a service immersion project.

More than a dozen members of the campus community, with majors ranging from business to criminal justice to education, traveled with the College’s Office of Campus Ministry to Birmingham to spend the week working with Habitat for Humanity.

The immersion included hands-on learning via visits to historic and cultural sites in the state known for American Civil Rights landmarks as well as lessons in servant leadership born of the students’ volunteer efforts to build and renovate homes for low-income residents. The Notre Dame group also grows in community and spirituality throughout the shared, living and learning experience.