Service Learning Department
Theology Curriculum Coordinator
816.942.3282, ext. 1148
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As a Catholic institution, Notre Dame de Sion School believes in the Biblical imperative to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We are all one human family. When our sisters and brothers are in need, we respond by feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked and caring for the sick as Jesus taught. In fact, all major faith traditions contain a version of the Golden Rule. So where do we begin and how do we grow, in order that the works of charity and social justice become an integral and meaningful part of our lives?
In keeping with our mission, our grade school campus is committed to engaging students of all ages in direct service. Through their service experiences, students grow in their understanding of stewardship and social responsibility and become aware of current ethical issues. Most service projects are completed by homerooms or Maisons, and 8th graders are asked to complete an additional 15 hours of individual service before graduation.
At the high school, each young woman begins her freshman year identifying service areas of interest and then visits a related non-profit on the Freshman Day of Service. As students continue through their four years of high school, after-school service opportunities and service hour check-ups are open to them, to help them build a service portfolio and work towards their required 100 hours of community service. Students are guided to find the place where their gifts and interests meet the world’s needs, so that service becomes life-giving for all involved. This culminates in the Senior Service Project in which each senior devotes at least 25 hours to a specific non-profit or cause that she is passionate about. The Senior Service Project is an exercise of leadership and love, as the students work to affect positive change in the world.
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