Social media has connected people all around the world like never before. Students of today have also never not known a world without social media, and many would say it’s a very important part of their lives. That’s one of the reasons behind CJ’s 2018 Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week campaign, “Social media CAN make a difference.”
Make a Difference Day is one of the largest service days of the year for CJ students. All are encouraged to help in the Dayton community by spreading their love and support by volunteering. The two-day event is part of a combined area-wide effort with the United Way of Greater Dayton. Students volunteering include several Eagle sports teams, clubs, and student-led organizations. Make a Difference Day was showcased to the CJ community through posters around the school encouraging others to attend and volunteer.
Two CJ educators traveled to Italy this summer for separate reasons, but came together for memorable experiences.
School chaplain and math teacher Fr. Bob Jones, SM went to Rome as a delegate in the 35th General Chapter of the Society of Mary.
Finding a few moments of peace during a day is difficult for most, especially high school students with their school work, after school activities, and home lives.
That’s one reason why CJ Chaplain Fr. Bob Jones, SM initiated a new opportunity for students to take time out of their day to pray and be with God.
New life springing forth from our Marianist heritage
This spring, in conjunction with the Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC), students volunteered in completing an environmental restoration project just outside of Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the CJ Eagles.
Peter Evans ‘13, who was with MEEC through his volunteer year with Marianist PULSE (Partners in Urban Leadership, Service and Education) coordinated this project. He shared his reflection on the culmination of the project below:
Current CJ students and faculty, along with alumni, came together for a pilgrimage to Ireland this summer. The experience was through the group 4Mary Inc., which serves the spiritually and materially poor.
Shortly after the 2017-2018 school year ended, Eagles came back together to volunteer their time and talents to those in Solsberry, Indiana.
The group worked hand-in-hand with students from fellow Marianist high school, Moeller, in Cincinnati.
While students only spent five days in Taos, New Mexico, they brought home a lifetime worth of memories.
11 students traveled to Taos as part of a service mission trip the week of June 11. During their time there, the students not only volunteered, but learned more about the history and people of Taos. They also spent a lot of time outdoors, including taking several hikes.
“New Mexico feels like a different world, and the hike we took only made me more excited for this trip,” said Josie Forsthoff ‘19.
A traditional start to the end of the school year was held on Wednesday, May 2 as the CJ community gathered for the annual Service Awards. In addition to recognizing students for their service throughout the school year, students involved in service-oriented organizations were also honored.
At the award ceremony, students involved in F.L.I.G.H.T. (Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today) and L.I.F.E. (Living In Faith Experience) were first recognized. Then, a special award from by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati was presented.
The Class of 2018 will present their findings from their Senior Capstone Projects during the Sister Stang Symposium on Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
The Sister Stang Symposium is named in honor of Sister Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN ‘49 whose work among the farmers in Brazil served to raise awareness of human dignity and justice for the poor and of sustaining the balance of the rainforest. On February 12, 2005, she was murdered in Anapu, Para, Brazil.