As Thanksgiving approaches, we are reminded of, and thankful for, the blessings in our lives. Understanding that there are people in our communities who are less fortunate creates opportunities to help and serve others in need.
Service to others is inherent in Catholic values, and at St. Joseph School in Downers Grove, it is practiced consistently as part of a faith-based curriculum. After the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida, students and teachers prayed for the flood victims, and raised almost $1,800 to help support their restoration efforts.
“Service to others is part of our faith formation, which is woven into our curriculum and instilled in our students every day,” said Rita Stasi, Principal of St. Joseph School. “We encourage our students to find ways to serve others, whether it’s helping a classmate, raising money for a charitable cause, collecting necessities for those in need, or working together to help our community.”
Last winter, over 70 sixth grade students at St. Joseph volunteered at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora by mixing, packing, labelling, and boxing up over 21,000 meals that will feed nearly 60 hungry children for a year. As is tradition every March, 17 seventh grade boys from St. Joseph, along with family and friends, participated in a St. Baldrick Foundation event where they shaved their heads and raised over $11,000 for children’s cancer research.
St. Joseph partnered with another school last fall for “Baseball Monday” to raise over $2,400 to help with medical expenses for a family in the community with two children battling a very serious illness. The family was included in daily prayers at the school.
In addition, St. Joseph students participated in events to collect non-perishable foods for area food pantries, to raise money to support Catholic Education Foundation need-based scholarships, and to create Valentines to support people experiencing hardships in their lives. For more information about St. Joseph School and how its students serve others, please contact:
St. Joseph School
4832 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515