Catholic school faculties consistently teach their students about the value of community service, but Saint Lawrence Academy faculty members took it a step further on Jan. 5. They devoted a day to modeling community service. Following the pattern of reflect/act/reflect, they gathered first for breakfast and prayer, then moved in two groups to Sacred Heart Community Services and to Our City Forest for service projects, and reassembled afterward for reflection.
The work they completed at each agency met a need in the greater community. At Sacred Heart Community Services, they sorted clothing and food and worked with clients, filling requests for coats, socks, and warm clothing. For Our City Forrest, they planted trees at Fowler Creek Park in San Jose. They learned to score the sides of the roots, otherwise known as “tickling the roots,” to help with root development.
“Planting trees is an investment in our planet,” pointed out biology teacher Christian Wimer.
Principal Bridgit McGarry finds that devoting a faculty in-service day to community service yields multiple benefits.
“Not only does it set a positive example for the students and help deserving agencies,” she says, “it also builds community by enabling colleagues to spend meaningful time together.”