Service and Social Justice
Saint Columbkille Partnership School teaches that service to others is a person’s first priority in life. As part of the school’s religion curriculum students gain an understanding of their role as stewards of God’s creation.
Students and teachers at Loyola Academy are actively involved with the planning and organization of service activities that allow students to learn about and respond to the needs of others in the community, particularly the marginalized: the homeless, the elderly, the ill, and the poor.
One day of every month, students participate in a “Spirit Day.” Students make a donation to a local charity, and enjoy a day out of uniform. Typically on Spirit Day, students wear the colors of the cause, for example pink for breast cancer.
As a very powerful presence in the local community, Saint Columbkille Partnership School sets an example for helping those in need. Occasionally during the course of the year, circumstances may create need for families and neighbors in the school community. We respond to these needs as they are brought to the school’s attention.
Middle School Community Service Projects
A Basket for a Vet: Students contribute toiletries, socks, stationery and money to buy supplies. In December, a crew of volunteers fills Christmas gift baskets, which are delivered to our Veterans who are confined to the hospital
Boston College Campus School: Students visit the Campus School at Boston College, a day school for students with severe special needs. The St. Col’s students have performed for the Campus School students, and have worked on art projects with their differently-abled peers. They even enjoyed a “field day” where they all played kickball and baseball.
Society of Saint Vincent DePaul: Early in the year, students participated in a 5k walk-a-thon. Through the school year, students have overseen food drives at Thanksgiving, Easter, and after the blizzards this past winter. The food collected stocks the food pantry at Saint Anthony’s in Allston. During Catholic Schools Week, students collected toiletries for a local women’s shelter. Students also assist the volunteers from St. Vincent DePaul with the assembly of holiday food baskets.
Greater Boston Food Bank: Eighth graders work to package groceries to feed needy families in the Boston area.
Wingate Nursing Home: Students visit the elderly, and spend time talking with them
Cradles to Crayons: Students assist with organization and distribution of donated goods. Students also operate a donation drive in school for Cradles to Crayons.
In the past, our Middle School students have supported:
Amigos de Jesus, an orphanage in Honduras
Students in grade six collected toothbrushes, toothpaste and socks to send to thechildren.
El Colegio de Los Ninos, Dominican Republic
Middle School students have collected school supplies to send to this elementary school in a rural area of the Dominican Republic.
Ronald MacDonald House
Eighth grade students collect aluminum can pull-tabs which are redeemed for a cash donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Pennies for Peace
Sixth graders collected pennies, which were used to support education in impoverished areas. (This effort tied in to the reading of “Three Cups of Tea”, a reading selection from BC’s Share Aloud program.)