Providing service to others, the environment and the community, has always been a part of the Saint Lawrence Elementary and Middle School philosophy. From monthly service projects to all-school participation in giving and volunteer work, the idea of truly being involved in the surrounding community has been very much alive for decades. However, service projects and community involvement have a fresh and vibrant look this year! Led by Religion Coordinator, Sherry Scott, the students and staff have been provided the unique opportunity of joining in the Sunday Friends Program. Sunday Friends is a non-profit organization founded by a mother of three in 1997, that collaborates with three elementary school sites in San Jose to bring their program to local students. The Students of Saint Lawrence and their families are invited to attend monthly outings of charity work, interacting and giving to those in the community. The outings have not only provided community building for the students of Saint Lawrence, but have made the idea of charity work relatable, accessible and hands-on.
Providing service to others has also become more relevant in the curriculum itself. Inspired by Principal Martin Procaccio, students in the middle school were challenged to create service projects and spring them into action. One example of those project ideas was a knitting service. Students taught themselves how to knit, practiced with their teachers and peers, and got all of their supplies donated. They worked on their knitting for over a month, and dropped off over 50 hand-knit scarves to The Bill Wilson Center! The success of this story has spread throughout the Community, inspiring others to find unique and diverse ways to achieve charity work. The desire to help others, learn about others, and give to others is more alive than ever throughout the campus of Saint Lawrence Elementary and Middle School!