7th & 8th graders complete service for Confirmation. For the 2016-17 school year, these totaled 1081 hours, averaging 24.5 per student.
- 7 & 8 Service Hours
- Thanksgiving Food Drive
- Catie's Wish
- Clean Up the Park
- Catholic Schools Week
- Mission Club
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 Creekview Park – 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. Good Shepherd’s commitment to service is shown on a large scale as the entire school participates in a Play-Doh drive for a local charity, Caitlin’s Smiles. In 2018, we collected 143 pounds of Play-Doh!
The Mission Club at Good Shepherd School is an opportunity for our 5th-6th grade students to raise funds for the Missionary Childhood Association, which is a diocesan-wide charity. Club members meet monthly to learn about the missions and poverty, raise awareness among the school, collect and count monetary donations, and plan and run events. Some events that the Mission Club has done are themed dress down days, the Cutest Teacher Baby Photo Contest, and the Used Book Sale.