MONDAY: Celebrating Your Community
A central aspect of Catholic education is learning the importance of service to others. When students take part in service activities—both local and beyond—they demonstrate the values and faith they gain through their Catholic education and learn how to make the world a better place. When they observe how others serve the community, they gain an appreciation for how they can continue to serve others their entire lives.
Inspiration and Ideas
- Visit a local nursing home and play bingo or challenge residents to a friendly competition such as a Wii bowling match.
- Hold a baby shower for a pro-life group.
- Invite a missionary to speak to the classes.
- Host a dress-down day fundraiser, asking students to donate $1 toward Catholic Charities to earn an out-of-uniform pass.
- Host an after-Mass pancake feast in parish hall.
- Host a parish clean-up day with students.
- Donate educational materials for students in under-served communities.
- Sponsor a Walk-a-thon or Dance-a-thon.
- Hold a community service fair.
- Host an awards assembly recognizing students and teachers who have demonstrated outstanding community service.
- Have students put together care packages to send to active duty military.
- Write notes, make posters or decorate treat baskets and deliver them to community leaders.
- Have students visit military or veterans’ hospitals.
- Write to lawmakers to thank them for supporting Catholic Schools.
National Day of Service
Join NCEA and its partner, Catholic Relief Services, to celebrate the National Day of Service on Monday, January 28.