St. Justin School’s Community Service Program Recognized in The Valley Catholic
St. Justin School is very proud of the following article that ran in the August 25 edition of The Valley Catholic:
ST. JUSTIN SCHOOL’S COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
St. Justin School lives its faith by serving the community. One way is through the Service Project in which our middle school students participate. Ms. Alicia Aguilar, our 6th grade homeroom teacher and Jr. High Religion teacher has led the Service Project for six consecutive years. This community service project focuses on how to become a life-long learner and responsible citizen of the community. In the past, 7th and 8th grade students were involved in sharing their time, energy, and skills. Beginning this 2015-2016 school year, 6th graders will be given the opportunity to do the same to serve the community. Students can choose various ways of serving. Aside from helping with the St. Justin parish food bank, students can help the elderly tend their garden, work with children, and even help with making blankets for pets, among other service opportunities. St. Justin middle schoolers help out after school or on weekends despite their busy school schedule and extra-curricular activities.
At the end of each school year, students present their service projects by writing an essay and a service reflection that explains what they did, who they served, how those they served benefited from their work, and what they as students personally got out of the whole experience. Students also included pictures of their service. At the end of the 2014-2015 school year, faculty members gave recognition to the service projects done by Bryce Vargas (7th grade) and Kate Conaway (8th grade). Bryce’s service project was devoted to Laurelwood Preschool and the Family Giving Tree. Kate’s service project focused on St. Justin classrooms and fundraising events, St. Justin’s Community Ministry, and Scouts’ Creek Clean-up.
Service at St. Justin School keeps going even after the end of the school year. Our dutiful middle school students take time out from their summer vacation to help water the plants at our Community Garden. They assist in keeping our garden overflowing with summer vegetables and flowers. The harvested crop then goes to the St. Justin Parish’s Community Ministry, which is greatly appreciated by our less-fortunate neighbors.
St. Justin School is LIVING THEIR FAITH by doing for others as Jesus taught us.