The goal of the Christian Service Program is to teach St. Anne students to serve others who are less fortunate than themselves. As students serve others, they learn profound and life-changing lessons. In the Christian tradition, service to others is both our responsibility and our blessing, for it is God who first served us. This manual depicts the goals and objectives for St. Anne School's Christian Service Program.
GOALS OF SERVICE
St. Anne students shall:
- Gain a greater and deeper understanding of their community and themselves as contributing, caring human beings.
- Experience a heightened awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of others, not only within their School community, but also in the larger community.
- Develop the conviction to serve and the responsibility to follow through on this conviction.
- Continue to serve beyond the minimum by organizing their time, talents, and resources to enhance the quality of life in their community.
- Enter into relationships with people in the community with whom they might not otherwise interact.
- Incorporate Christian Service into the culture of their School.
- Use this program as a tool for academic success and enrichment.
- Assess community needs.
- Discover how our School can make a difference in the community.
St. Anne School requires every Middle School student complete 24 hours of direct service to the community each year. This service experience will be fulfilled as part of an annual Christian Service Project undertaken in the student’s Religion class and under the direction of the student’s Religion teacher. Projects are intended to complement the Religion curriculum at every grade level. The service project represents twenty percent (20%) of a student’s Religion grade for the academic year. The timeframe to be served is between July 1 and the last day of school each year. Any time spent toward Christian Service that goes beyond a minimum 24 hours is credited to the student but it cannot cover the service agreement for future service projects in succeeding grade levels.
Sixth and Seventh grade students are required to complete a written summary of their Christian Service hours in a report due by the end of the academic year. Eighth grade students are required to make a presentation to class and faculty describing their involvement. Awards and recognition will be given by each Religion teacher for Outstanding Christian Service.