On Saturday, April 8, 2017, members of the 7th and 8th grades participated in the Needham Gives Back Drive for Cradles to Crayons.
Integral to the School’s mission, the Service Program enables us to put our faith in action. By engaging directly with the people they serve, students understand the Gospel’s truth that to love God, one must love his neighbor, particularly neighbors most in need.
The Service Program is required of all students throughout the calendar year. Students’ work has included tutoring and mentoring inner city youth, coordinating clothing and food drives, serving at food pantries, helping run programs for senior citizens, and assisting both children and adults with physical and mental disabilities.
Beginning in mid-April, each senior is required to commit a significant number of hours to service in the community. The work done at the placement site must involve consistent one-on-one contact. Through weekly discussion groups, seniors are required to reflect upon the meaning of their experience, and to articulate those reflections in an oral presentation. At the conclusion of their service period, the entire senior class gathers in the Chapel to share their stories with one another and with the faculty. This morning of oral presentation often ranks among each senior’s finest hours.
The service program has been enhanced by a grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation.
MISSION IN ACTION
Below are just a few of the many ways our students have made a difference recently.
Members of the Class of 2021 presented $928.37 to the students for athletic uniforms
A group of Arrows prepared an Italian meal at the American Cancer Society Astra Zeneca Hope Lodge.
7th and 8th graders volunteered with Ursuline students to make new blankets for family shelters and hospitals
St. Sebastian's fathers and sons volunteered their time for the 6th annual Chop-A-Thon.
Members of the San Miguel FIRST Lego League Robotics Team visit St. Sebastian's.
Members of the class of 2021 gathered to sort gifts they had purchased for families of St. Patrick's parish in Lawrence, MA.
Maxwell Surprenant '22 helps spread a little Christmas cheer with the Joymaker Challenge!