In our schools, we strive to promote growth of the whole child: physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually.
Students learn the importance of service to others, to their communities, and to the world as a whole. They are challenged to make Christ-like decisions every day — not with the goal of earning praise, but because it’s the right way to live.
Social justice teachings are one of the foundational pillars of our schools. Charitable acts and stewardship are woven into the very fabric of our school communities, and our incredible students show great pride in undertaking a variety of social justice projects and initiatives.
STAR Catholic students accomplish so much in this area, it was hard to choose just a few projects to highlight! Read on to learn about some.
Académie Saint-André Academy
Lenten Service Project
This Lent, students from Saint-André Academy worked to collect monetary donations for St. Katharine Drexel Place, which is run by Catholic Social Services in order to assist mothers and children experiencing hardships. The money raised was used to purchase supplies and necessities for the current residents of St. Katharine’s. Together, students raised $795 in donations.
Christ the King School
Mother's Day Paint Night
Rotary Interact Club students raised over $250 for their first Mother's Day Paint Night, whcih was held on May 3rd, 2019. It was well received by over 20 participants ranging in age from 2 to 70 years old! Grade 12 artist Ryan Young lead participants in creating their masterpieces, and Rotary students brought in baked goods for participants to enjoy.
Volunteerism and Compassion
Rotary students help out at Catholic Women's League fundraisers, and many volunteer at Leduc Recreation Centre events and activities such as the Festival of Trees kids zone and Halloween haunted house.
Around Christmas, students visited the Leduc Community Hospital to sing Christmas songs to those being cared for there. Students also collected more than 20 gifts and delivered them to seniors at Extendicare Continuing Care Services.
The Rotary Interact Club has raised over $1,000 in bake sales over the school year. The money collected has been donated to charities such as Heart and Stroke Foundation, Dogs with Wings, and the Terry Fox Foundation.
École Notre Dame School
Drive Away Hunger
Earlier this year, École Notre Dame students took part in the Drive Away Hunger food collection campaign for Leduc and District Food Bank. Students collected a whopping 1,158 pounds of food, which was prayed over by Father Silvichan before being sent out to community members in need.
Random Acts of Kindness
School staff gave back to their community through random acts of kindness. They began by praying together, raked up leaves at St. Michael’s Church, brought coffee and snacks to first responders, and left treats and messages of kindness written by students for people around the community to find.
Wreath of Warmth
During December, students, parents, and staff collected donations of toques, scarves, and mittens for the Leduc Hub Association. The Kindness Club connected with the Hub for the school’s Lenten Service Project in order to help collect needed items such as small towels, canned meats, and deodorant.
Jackets for Jesus and Coats for Christ
The school is currently participating in the Catholic Social Service’s campaign to collect 1,000 gently used coats and jackets of all ages and sizes to be distributed to vulnerably housed men, women, and children during the annual Uplift Day.
Father Lacombe Catholic School
Miurine School Project
Students from Father Lacombe are currently raising money to build a lunchroom at Miurine School in Kenya, Africa. Currently, the students eat their lunch sitting on the ground in the nearby fields. Not only is this messy and unhygienic, it also becomes tricky during the rainy season when the soil of the fields turns to mud. Throughout their fundraising efforts, Father Lacombe students have been in touch with the students and Principal of Miurine School via social media, and they’ve even received a video of thanks from the kids!
Wrapped in Love
Father Lacombe “adopted” Edmonton’s St. Katherine Drexel Place, which offers supportive transitional housing for women and children in need. The students undertake many projects for the facility. Past initiatives have included the Wrapped in Love bedding collection campaign, building “move out” baskets for women transitioning into a permanent home, and selling posters to raise $600 for the facility’s Thanksgiving meal in the fall.
Father Leduc Catholic School
Father Leduc is a proud WE school, and every year students attend WE Day, an annual event in efforts to end child labour, support international development, and encourage social activism among youth. All year round, the school collects dead batteries for the WE organization to exchange for zinc pills to be sent to underdeveloped countries. They also collect pop can tabs for LINX Connect Centre in Leduc to be melted and turned into wheelchairs.
Dylan’s Hope Foundation Donations
Students collect small hotel size toiletries year-round to be distributed to local homeless populations through the Leduc Hub Association. The toiletries and other needed items are donated through Dylan’s Hope Foundation — a charity created in memory of former Christ the King School student Dylan Zerr.
Thirst 4 Change
For this year’s Lent, Father Leduc participated in Chalice’s Thirst 4 Change campaign, which aims to help alleviate the global need for clean drinking water, particularly in underdeveloped countries. Students of Father Leduc worked together to raise $1,500 for a water filtration system for a school in Kenya.
Sacred Heart School
No Stone Left Alone
Sacred Heart School students participated in No Stone Left Alone, Nov. 3 at Diamond Jubilee Park in Wetaskiwin. Students Zahara Effon and Gabrielle Amyotte read the Commitment to Remember in English and French before the group proceeded to the Wetaskiwin Memorial Cemetery to lay poppies for the veterans laid to rest in Wetaskiwin.
Grade 5 classes rallied fellow students to bring in 1000 socks for St. Zita Ministries, and two teachers offered to shave their beards if the collection goal was met. Students came together and reached their target of 1000 socks for donation. Grade 2 classes also collected toques, mitts, and socks for NOW in Wetaskiwin just before Christmas.
S.H.A.E (Sacred Heart Angel Elves)
Each year, students and staff donate food and Christmas gifts to create Christmas Hampers for their own families in need. When families have been determined, the school creates a “Giving Tree” in the library with each leaf listing an item such as “10-year-old boy toy” or “5-year-old girl pjs”. Students and staff then choose a leaf and then donate the item. Collected items are confidentially organized, wrapped, and collected. This year, four families were helped while their privacy was maintained.
St. Anthony School
Awaso Academy International
The main focus of social justice activities at St. Anthony School is the support of a preschool to grade 9 school in Awaso, Ghana. The longtime project began 11 years ago with St. Anthony raising money to help build the school. Awaso Academy International is now fully operational, and the first class of grade nine students will graduate in 2020.
The school provides students with nutritious meals by raising chickens and fish, and growing vegetables and fruit. A bakery has been built on the school grounds and wells have been dug. This fresh water supply and baked goods are available for both the students and community as a whole. Currently, the money raised by St. Anthony goes toward sponsoring two students to attend the school, as well the purchase of items such as a freezer, agricultural implements, and materials for water filtration systems. This project provides education, employment, and sustainable resources allowing the entire community to be self-sufficient.
Social Justice Ambassadors
In February, junior high students were inspired by a presentation from Catholic Social Services about social justice. A committee of junior high students was formed and works to spread the message that social justice in not just about charity, but about helping change root causes of problems. The committee does classroom presentations, participates in fundraising activities, and creates displays around the school to promote the social justice message.
St. Augustine School
This April, students from Grades 7-10 put their faith into action during St. Augustine's Annual ThinkFast weekend. Together, 18 students raised $1350.00 for Development and Peace. They participated in a variety of engaging activities focusing on refugees, and had the opportunity to connect with one another through prayer, Stations of the Cross, discussion circles, team building activities, and games.
Once a month, grade 8 students visit the Sunrise or Rimoka retirement homes to participate in LINKages. This program pairs up students and elders to create connections between generations and foster a love for volunteering in both the students and their seniors. They share stories of past and present, pass down traditions and heritage, and teach each other to play different games.
HUGS for the Homeless/Goodwill Cup
Red Deer Catholic Social Services’ St. Zita Centre and St. Augustine School teamed up to collect new underwear and socks for the Safe Harbour House in Red Deer, which helps those in crisis due to homelessness, addiction, or other circumstances. The grade 4 Roots of Empathy classes and SALT and LITE youth groups promoted the event and all St. Augustine students were invited to participate! The Goodwill Cup admission was a donation of HUGS or cash donation. Representatives from St. Zita were presented with approximately $2000.00 and a large number of garments.
STAR Catholic Outreach
STAR Catholic Outreach
Food Bank Drive
This Lent, STAR Catholic Outreach began collecting food donations for the Leduc and District Food Bank (LDFB). The LDFB relies on volunteers and community donations in order to assist a population of roughly 85,000 people. STAR Catholic Outreach will wrap up their current food drive on May 10.