By working on a variety of service projects throughout the year, students st St. Joseph Regional Catholic School contribute to the community, and in the process develop an appreciation for their own blessings while helping the less fortunate.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta Harvest – Every member of the SJRCS Community (teachers, students, staff, and parents) is asked to bring fresh produce (vegetables, fruits, and bread) to this Mass. Our families are encouraged to bring items from their own garden that they have harvested. However, a “supermarket harvest” is just as wonderful. All donated produce is placed in the sanctuary and presented at the opening of our liturgy. (In the early church, people would bring farm animals to be presented to the priest.) After our liturgy, the offertory harvest is delivered to Lazarus House.
Thanksgiving Food Drive – Each Thanksgiving, the students and parents of SJRCS donate turkeys along with complete Thanksgiving dinners and make over 40 Thanksgiving baskets. The baskets are delivered to needy families throughout the four supporting parishes of SJRCS.
Project Kenya – SJRCS students have developed a special relationship with the orphans of the Nagolie Children’s Home in Kenya. Junior High students have a “buddy” from the orphanage and write letters and send pictures. Items are donated directly to the orphanage and several times a year the Kenya representative returns with videos and messages from the children for all the students. Visit http://www.watotoworld.com/#!main for more information.
Soldiers Project – Students write letters and give toiletries to our troops overseas.
Hoops for Hearts & Jump Rope for Hearts – Students participate in an annual drive for the American Heart Association by “shooting hoops” or jump roping.
Clothing Drives – Each year students participate in donating warm winter clothing for the Lazarus House.
Toys for Tots – SJRCS participates by donating toys for the local Toys for Tots program.
Blankets for Babies/Advent Wreaths/Rosary Beads – On the community service night before Thanksgiving, Junior High students make baby blankets, advent wreaths, and rosary beads for donations.