Cradles to Crayons annually helps more than 150,000 children in Massachusetts be prepared to attend school by providing clothes and other essentials.
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.
The juniors served corn beef and cabbage while spreading Gaelic cheer to the guests.
Members of the junior class continued the tradition of helping the Paulist Center's Community Breakfast Project on Saturday, February 16.
Students volunteered in Catching Joy's "Big Blanket Hug" and worked together to make 26 blankets for people in need.
Thirty-eight students from both schools worked together to assemble more than 450 "Blessing Bags."
The Arrows donated close to 1,500 pounds of produce and proceeded to slice, dice, and chop the food for later use by the shelter.
Members of the junior class continued the tradition of helping the Paulist Center's Community Breakfast Project on Saturday, December 15.
The collection of new gloves, mittens, hats, jackets, and socks was wrapped by National Honor Society students on the last day of classes before the Christmas break.