CJ Raises Awareness Before Giving Thanks

Each year, Chaminade Julienne students, faculty and staff use the week before Thanksgiving to actively raise community awareness about the local, national and international issues of hunger and homelessness.

A combination of donation drives, service opportunities and co-curricular enrichment experiences make up CJ’s “Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week,” organized by the office of ministry and service. During the week of Nov. 12-19, all members of the school community are being encouraged to choose one way to become involved in the plight of others.

“It is our responsibility as a faith-based community to challenge students to be people of compassion, justice, integrity, service and peace throughout all aspects of their education,” said Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service. “The activities in place during this week give students a deeper understanding of these values by allowing them to intentionally live out each with a call to action.”

Activities each of the six days include:

Daily morning prayer and song, played over the PA, that align with the themes of the week.

An optional homeroom lecture series Tuesday that featured dietitian Jennifer Dalton, the University of Dayton’s Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics.

An all-faculty and-staff service project Wednesday morning during the teachers' planning period in which educators prepared bag lunches for St. Vincent Hotel and hot meals for children in the after-school program.

A student-led REACH service site visit to The Foodbank after school Wednesday.

A school-wide, optional “Fast Day” Thursday. Instead of eating lunch, students who choose to participate will also pack lunches for St. Vincent in the cafeteria.

A daily collection of monetary contributions and non-perishable food, clothing and toiletry items during first period classes. Money and goods will be donated to OxFam, Catholic Charities and various Dayton-area food pantries.

Thanks for Your Support!

Due to the tremendous support of students, parents, faculty, staff and the greater CJ community, the school raised $2,973.05 and collected 2,515 non-perishable items, all of which will be donated to local, national and international service organizations (including The Dayton Food Bank/Holiday Aide, St. Vincent Hotel, Catholic Charities and Oxfam).