Community Service Projects and Programs
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.
Goals of Service
- 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 the 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.
Community Outreach Projects
The following is a brief list of the outreach programs we participate in annualy at St. Anne School.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
“Scouting for food” our food drive helped two food banks; Second Harvest Food bank with the total of 2,313 Lbs collected and South County Outreach with the total of 946 Lbs. collected.
Christmas Giving Projects
Preschool- 5th grade “Warm feet…Warm Hearts “ 325 pairs of shoes were collected in our shoe drive. These shoes were delivered to loaves and fishes by students, parents and staff members. The shoes were received with tears of joy by the families.St. Anne daycare and middle school build 220 gingerbread houses with the children of loaves & fishes.
“The Operation Homework Holiday” project, an incentive program operated by the boys and girls club of San Juan Capistrano was headed up by our Middle School Students. Our Middle School Students also had an extremely successfull Christmas Toy Drive. Over 100 toys and gift cards were collected!
Our goal this year is to be able to provide 300 baskets for the children in need. this is a project that NJHS and student council are very involve in it, from the collection of the items, putting together the baskets and spending time with the children in need on holy Saturday.
Mandatory Middle School Service Requirement
St. Anne School requires every Middle School student complete 24 hours of direct service to the community each year. This service experience will be filled as part of an annual Christian Service Project under the direction of Mrs. Rouleau. 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. Sixth and seventh grade students are required to journal their experiences every time they volunteer at their designated charity. Eighth graders are required to present a power point to their class and faculty describing their involvement. At the end of their Eighth grade year a Christian Knight Award is awarded to a student for outstanding Christian Service. The time frame to be served is between July 1 and the last day of school each year. Anytime spend toward Christian Service that goes beyond a minimum 24 hours is credited to the students but it cannot cover the service agreement for future service projects in succeeding grade levels.
Students choose from an approved list. Some of the recommended agencies and activities that qualify for St. Anne Christian Service credit are:
- Operation Christmas Child
- Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen
- Project Linus, make blankets for children in foster care and hospitals
- Surfrider Foundation
- Shea Center Therapeutic Riding Center
- Challenger Program, local sports program for special needs kids
The hope is that the student will continue to serve their community as they continue on to high school and college.