“The contribution I made [at a senior living facility] was making people smile."
- Current 4th Grade Student
Service Learning is an integral part of the St. John’s experience. Service learning projects provide our children an opportunity to give back to others while learning more about themselves. They foster a sense of responsibility and allow students to understand the importance of each individual’s role in making contributions to create positive change. Incorporating the theme,”Stewards of God’s Creation,” service learning projects encourage responsible citizenship, as it seeks to deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
Upper Elementary projects include:
- Restoration and cleanup activities at O’Neill Regional Park
- Visits to residents at Park Terrace Senior Living
- Distribution of produce from our Seeds of Hope Garden at the Rancho Santa Margarita Food Pantry
Middle Division projects include:
- Restoration and cleanup at O’Neill Regional Park
- Gleaning at nearby agricultural fields with produce being donated to Second Harvest Food Bank
- Support for the homeless community through Catholic Worker in Santa Ana
Reflection is the heart of Service Learning. When students return to school, they are given the opportunity to write a reflection and include what they learned about themselves and others because of their service.
School-wide service projects include monthly contributions to Students for Safe Water along with the Thanksgiving Food Drive, Christmas Angels Project, Souls for Souls, and the Birthday Project for nearby Orangewood Home.