The 2012 celebration of Catholic Schools Week is being observed January 29 through February 5. This year's theme is "Catholic Schools: Faith. Academics. Service," and to get in the spirit, members of the CJ community have planned some exciting events throughout the week.
Twelve Chaminade Julienne students, all girls in grades 9-11, made the conscious decision to forgo their weekend plans this January and rather join thousands of advocates at the 39th annual March for Life.
Missing out on socializing with friends at the big game Friday night and spending quality time with dad at the much-anticipated Father/Daughter dance that followed, the group instead headed to Washington, D.C to serve as “a voice for the voiceless.”
Every Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. a small group of CJ students, led by one senior member of FLIGHT and an adult chaperone, goes out into the surrounding Dayton community to help with a specific need. This service opportunity known as REACH, which stands for Recreating Earth as Christ Hopes, is offered weekly by the office of ministry and service.
In the week leading up to exams, two separate groups of students stepped out of the classroom and in front of members of the CJ and Miami Valley communities to share holiday carols and spread Christmas spirit.
Carolers taking American Sign Language with teacher Judi MacLeod signed song lyrics for faculty and staff Tuesday, Dec. 13 while senior members of FLIGHT (Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today) sang for residents of the Mercy Sienna Woods Retirement Community a day later during period 1 on December 14.
Students, faculty and staff at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School raised more than $3,100 and collected approximately 2,000 non-perishable items for local and world service organizations in the week leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Unlike students, who may only be confronted with the worldwide issues of hunger and homelessness during one November week at Chaminade Julienne, guest speaker Melodie Bennett literally faces the problem on a daily basis at the local level as the executive director of the House of Bread.