Service Learning

Philosophy | Early Childhood-Fifth Grade | Middle School | High School


Philosophy

Pacelli Catholic Schools believes service in the community, parish, and home is a vital part of a student’s education.  Therefore, it is the foundation of our Catholic education.  

Pacelli Catholic Schools believe in the importance of service and helping others as part of our Catholic discipleship. As a system, we believe that learning and service are connected to the intellectual and moral development of each student. The goal for our students is to serve our community in a variety of ways:  service to community, service to parish, service to family, service to each other.

Through service, our students will gain a sense of compassion for others, leading to a desire to contribute to the greater good of the community. Service learning helps develop important skills including teamwork, leadership and Catholic discipleship.

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Early Childhood-Fifth Grade

At the elementary level the students internally do service for their fellow students, younger/older students, teachers, parents, and parish.  Some examples are:

  • Cards/prayers for homebound or hospitalized
  • Coats for Kids
  • Growing plants for the neighborhood
  • Birthday cards for senior parishioners
  • Working with residents at the Lincoln Center
  • Salvation Army
  • Cancer Center
  • May Baskets
  • Nursing home visits
  • Prayer Services
  • Fundraisers

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Middle School

Pacelli Catholic Middle School students are required to do 3 hours of service per quarter as part of their religion grade.  This helps them to understand the needs of their community while developing a genuine love of service.  

Some examples of service are:

  • Cards/prayers for homebound or hospitalized
  • Coats for Kids
  • May Baskets
  • Food collections
  • Nursing home visits
  • Prayer Services
  • Fundraisers
  • Make a Difference Day

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High School

High school students have numerous opportunities throughout the year to participate in service learning.  Teachers are encouraged to develop units and lessons that put students in activities that connect them to their parishes, community organizations, and others in need.  Examples include our support of local food pantries, St. Vincent De Paul, and crisis centers.  The students not only learn about the content, they also grow as disciples in Christ.

Each October, the senior class conducts a city-wide service day in which small teams canvas the city providing service to various groups.  The high school also support Make A Difference Day and the Empty Bowls Campaign.  

During our J-Term, students have opportunities to participate in classes such as Literal Service Learning and the Bi-Annual Mission Trip to the Diocesan Mission – Casa Hogar.

The high school students have adopted a student at the Diocesan Mission and fundraise to offset costs related to her education.

During the summer middle and high school students are encouraged to participate in parish based service opportunities.

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