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Saint Victor School-wide Service Program

Saint Victor seventh graders perform upbeat tunes for members at the Eastside Neighborhood Center in San Jose.

When you think of students performing service, what comes to mind?

This year, led by Vice-Principal and Curriculum Coordinator Victoria Hinkle, Saint Victor adopted a new Service Learning Program for students in grades K-8. This school-wide program begins with social awareness in the younger grades and progresses towards social action and community involvement as the students enter into the Junior High level.

The second grade class organized a collection of baby clothes and items that were later donated to the Diocesan Layette. Families throughout the school and parish donated baby wipes, blankets, and warm clothing to benefit families in need. The sixth and seventh grade classes performed service at the Eastside Neighborhood Center in the Alum Rock neighborhood of San Jose. The Center provides participants with educational, recreational, wellness, nutritional, and social services. The majority of the participants are low-income Latino and Filipino seniors facing economic, language, educational, and cultural barriers. Some seventh graders performed upbeat musical numbers for the guests while others served lunch. The sixth graders organized a school wide effort to make Christmas decorations for the Center. Then, with the help of parent chaperons the sixth grade class visited the Center and decorated it with Christmas cheer.

It is the school’s goal that the students become actively involved in Jesus’ call towards the transformation of society. Saint Victor School’s Service Learning Program epitomizes its commitment to forming caring and responsible citizens.