The Apostles had the extraordinary privilege of learning directly from Jesus Christ. As we all know, learning at the foot of Jesus was only the beginning of their work. The teachings of Christ, His passion and resurrection, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost necessarily sent them forth to proclaim the Good News and love as He loved. So too, the learning and prayer that takes place at our Parish school sends students forth to share Christ and serve those in our community.
All K-8 classes at St. John the Baptist School completed a service project this year. All totaled, our students gave 730 hours of service to the community. Students sang songs and visited with residents at Cardinal Ridge Nursing Home, collected food and helped to organize it at The Giving Tree, packed meals for Feed My Starving Children, and many projects around the St. John the Baptist Parish campus.
Our parents put in many service hours to help raise funds for our school. Parents organized our Annual Auction, the Fall Harvest, and many more events and fundraisers. Our school relies on money raised from these events to contribute to our annual budget, in effect, keeping tuition affordable and supporting efforts to provide the best resources for our students to learn. In total his year, parents donated 3153 hours which directly supported our school community.
All this volunteering is part of the “learn, then serve” model put forth in our Parish Mission Plan. Everything the school community does brings to life the mission Jesus set for us, His disciples, namely love God and serve Him in serving our neighbor. Together, the parish, school, and all ministries of our parish make a difference in our community.