Giving Back During Catholic Schools Week
Students From PreK through Grade 8 Learn Important Lesson of Giving Back
Throughout Catholic Schools Week, teachers showed and shared a variety of ways to give back as part of the week’s curriculum. Students as young as PreK discussed the qualities of being a leader and the importance of being thankful and appreciative when someone does something nice for you. Students from Loyola Academy spent time reading to K2 students in their classrooms and also visited The Campus School at Boston College to work with children with multiple disabilities. Students also had a visit from a member of the Boston Police Department to learn about the service of police officers to the community. Former Peace Corps volunteers also spoke with multiple grades about community service and what giving back means to them.
“Giving back has three parts,” says PreK teacher Anne Krane. “Acknowledging the gifts that have been given to you, feeling inspired to respond in gratitude, and finally, taking action to shows you want to emulate the behavior of these “gift givers” in your life (whether it be friends and family, God, or your school community).”
Grade 6 students braved the snow on Tuesday, January 30 to volunteer at the Yawkey Family Inn in Brookline, which is affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital. The Inn houses families while their children are treated at the hospital, providing an affordable place to stay, quiet rooms, play areas for children, a kitchen for preparing meals and a comforting staff for support.
Saint Columbkille students helped prepare bags of Valentine’s Day cookies for families to take with them to the hospital, sanitized toys and organized the Inn’s food pantry. One particularly special moment was the connection made between one student and a sibling of a sick patient visiting from Beijing. After sharing that she speaks Mandarin, the STCPS student spoke extensively with the patient’s sibling, playing games and coloring.
“The joy on the young girl’s face to have an American student speak her language was an absolutely beautiful thing to experience,” says Community Service Coordinator Alanna O’Grady. “These moments are what giving back is all about.”