Students embarked on a new adventure when they traveled to Solsberry, Indiana for a week-long mission trip.
Earlier this month, a group of students and two adults traveled to Taos, New Mexico for a mission trip. This is the first time a group from CJ has traveled to serve in Taos.
“I have gone on four mission trips through CJ during my time as a student and Taos exceeded all my expectations,” shared Dani Ostendorf ‘17. “I wanted to go on this trip specifically because I really wanted to learn more about the culture that I was serving.”
Students came together for a cause as they traveled nearly 3,000 miles to Belize during the week of June 12. The group went to overseas as one of CJ's summer mission trips led by CJ parent Dr. Steve Huffman. The 11 students and three adults served at St. Joseph school by painting and building a classroom.
Art students used their talents to create paintings that will be displayed in the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur's Photovoltaic Learning Lab.
CJ STEMM students have been connected to the Photovoltaic Learning Lab since its inception in the winter of 2013. The lab was installed at the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur's Cincinnati campus in the winter of 2015.
For the 11th year, the CJ Ministry & Service office recognized students for serving in the Dayton community and beyond at the Service Awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 3.
The idea of going without technology for an entire day was unfathomable to juniors in Dr. Mick Mominee's religion class. However, students were challenged to do just that as part of an assignment connected with Pope Francis' encyclical.
On Thursday, March 30, members of the Class of 2017 will present the findings of their Senior Capstone Project during the Sr. Stang Symposium. The students explored social justice topics and implemented projects to better the Dayton community and beyond.
On March 3, 4, and 5, 12 sophomores and juniors traveled to Cincinnati as part of the Urban Plunge learning experience.
“Going into Urban Plunge, I was hoping just to help others and give my time to those less fortunate than me,” Megan Piatt ‘19 shared.
“I was hoping to just gain more knowledge about poverty,” added Katie Bardine ‘19. “I have never come face to face with it, and I knew that going on this retreat I would be. I really was looking forward to learning about different ways to serve those experiencing homelessness.”
Teen boys from the Boys & Girls Club of Dayton, along with officers from the Dayton Police Department, spent an afternoon on the basketball court building up community and discussing the dangers of gun violence.
Seniors Jaime Cambron, Jacob Johns, and Jimmy Wittman brought the groups together for a basketball tournament with a purpose on Saturday, February 18 for their Senior Capstone Project.
On Valentine's Day, a Senior Capstone Group offered a fair trade to students - write a note thanking a Fair Trade cocoa farmer and receive a piece of chocolate produced by Fair Trade farmers.
The Senior Capstone Group of Erin Colbert, Danielle Ostendorf, Nate Reuter, and Maia Wagner had heard about Fair Trade prior to their senior year as CJ has been a Fair Trade school since 2014.
"I always knew what the concept of Fair Trade through previous Senior Capstone Projects on Fair Trade and through my dad who sells Fair Trade coffee at my Parish," said Reuter.