7th & 8th grade complete service for Confirmation. For the 2013-14 school year, these totaled 1563 hours, averaging 30 hours per student.
The Thanksgiving Food Drive, done in correlation with our Thanksgiving Prayer Service, is an annual way for every student to give to local food banks. Each grade brings in different foods of Thanksgiving dinner – boxed stuffing, cans of cranberry sauce, canned corn, etc – and presents it at the prayer service.
Since 2008, Good Shepherd has had an annual dress-down day for Catie’s Wish. This foundation, raising money for eradicating pediatric cancer, was created when Catie O’Brien passed away from a rare brain cancer at the age of seven. Every dollar from the dress-down day goes straight to cancer research.
Student Council takes two trips a year to clean up local parks – once in the fall to clean up what may be left after the summer and once in the spring to help parks prepare for the summer season. This is a chance for our student leaders to get their hands dirty while giving back to the community.
An entire day during Catholic Schools Week is devoted to service at many levels. Each grade took on a service project to be completed that day – everything from preparing flood kits to cards for active military to singing at a local retirement center. Good Shepherd’s commitment to service is shown on a large scale as the entire school devotes a day to service.