The purpose of the St. Lucy Parish School service program is to help students acquire the Gospel values of justice for others, love thy neighbor, and actively serve the Global Society. Our program includes service opportunities that provide continual challenges, are part of real life situations, and are well planned so that both students and teachers are fully prepared for the experience.
St. Lucy School students learn through example that we are part of a greater educational, religious and social community. Students in all grades engage in age appropriate community service by providing special art projects to the elderly, collecting food and clothing for St. Lucy Parish Outreach and other local community organizations, supporting local and global organizations (such as Heifer International and the American Red Cross) through the Penny Challenge, and volunteering at community service organizations and centers, such as Sacred Heart Community Services. Activities are tailored for primary, intermediate, and junior high students. They include coordinating collections of needed articles, service in the school, and service to their communities. In addition, St. Lucy students sponsor three charities: Notre Dame Americorp, Presentation Sisters, and the Loving and Living Center.
School-wide Service Days take place once per trimester. During Service Days, the whole school completes acts of service. Each class is asked to complete a specific service project based on the yearly school theme that contributes to those in need in some way, and students are encouraged to think about why they are performing that particular service activity. Jr. High service is completed on or off campus in the morning before Mass. Each class, spends time reflecting on what they experienced and how they acted as Jesus would have. Ultimately, the goal is for the whole school to be involved in service. By integrating faith, knowledge, values, and community, our students learn to think critically, discover a love of learning, live the Gospel message, and reach out to others through service.
Jr. High Student Service Projects
When St. Lucy School students reach Jr. High, they are committed to developing and implementing individual service projects rather than simply tracking and logging service hours. This project based approach to Junior High Service has added a new dimension to our program.
Each trimester, Jr. High students undertake two new projects. After they complete their projects and reflect on what they did, they summarize their outreach by completing a project which is displayed in our school hallways. This has helped students go beyond fulfilling a requirement and instead think about why we strive to model service as a way of life. The increased insight into peer projects has encouraged students to explore different methods of giving back to others, and inspires our younger students to give back as well.
Past projects for junior high students have included: volunteering for the Parish Giving Tree, SLS Bible Camp counselors, Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, Corinthian House, volunteer coaching, convalescent homes, Sacred Heart Community, Our Lady of Fatima, classroom help for specific projects, library volunteers, EDGE participation at SLS, Project Linus, environmental volunteers, altar serving, and parish choir.