The Catholic faith is well known, and highly respected, for its focus on service to others. At St. Joan of Arc Catholic School, this is practiced and reinforced in a variety of ways to give students opportunities to participate in events that raise funds or collect items to help those in need.
"Each year our students participate in a school-wide service project initiated by our PSO," explained Cece Kenney, second grade teacher at SJA. "This was our first "penny war" competition; two grades comprised each team, and the teams competed to earn the most points during the week. Turning in pennies earned points for each team, but silver coins subtracted points. The winning team had the opportunity to choose the recipients of all the money collected during the week."
Service projects are very important at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School. "Service is an integral part of our Catholic faith," said Kenney. "Our faith teaches us to live out the message of Christ by helping and serving others."
Kenney explained that the students benefit in several ways from participating in this type of project. "The children truly enjoyed the competition, and were excited to engage in it each day," she added. "It required some level of strategy on their part. They also learned that it is in giving that we receive."
The first/second grade team won the contest, and chose to donate $1,500 to Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization aimed at creating friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and $432 to Wounded Warriors Project, which assists injured veterans and active military service members and their families. "Best Buddies has a special place in my heart, because my nephew is an Ambassador for them," said Kenney. "He goes to schools and businesses all over the country promoting the program. He believes that when he joined Best Buddies in high school, it changed his life for the better."
St. Joan of Arc Catholic School and Church
Pre-K through 8th grade
820 Division Street, Lisle, IL