Students are invited
to "Celebrate Service" by volunteering in the community or parish. In
response to the challenge, the administration at St. Cletus asked each
grade level to begin a service project. Some grade levels chose to team
up with their buddies to devote time to a service.
Preschool is helping the children of Constance Morris House. In the Fall, the students provide warm clothing such as hats, mittens and gloves for children up to age 12.
First and Fourth Grade
The first and fourth grade work together to collect paper for recycling. Every week, they take turns picking up the boxes of recycled paper from every room. Then, if the weather is good, we take it out to the dumpster in the parking lot. Occasionally, we send our flyers to encourage parents to help with recycling.
Second grade collects pop tabs to benefit the families at the Ronald McDonald House.
Third and Seventh Grades
The third grade packs food for the needy children of the world as a Lenten service project at the Feed My Starving Children warehouse. The 3rd and 7th grade students work together to create fleece blankets for Project Linus. Project Linus provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers." The 7th grade students assist with preparing for Food Pantry once a month. The students volunteer their recess time to help carry bags from the rectory to the vestibule. The Food Pantry provides meals to hundreds of families in the area.
Fifth Grade recycles aluminum cans. Students bring cans from home and also collect them from recycling bins placed throughout the school. These cans are sold to a recycler and funds are donated to our parish's St. Vincent de Paul Society.
According to The World Health Organization, 153 million people have uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism). Sixth grade collects used eye ware for the Lion's Club.
The 8th graders at St. Cletus, are concerned with the global economy and the need to help on a local level. As a parish and school community they participate yearly in the collection and distribution of Christmas Food Baskets. Families who are in need submit their names through the church and request, if possible, a basket of food to assist them in these trying times. Food items are then collected through the school and brought in by grade level. The eighth grade organizes, collects, and coordinates their gathering. Mrs. Mary Beth Ford oversees the dispersement of these baskets. Students are aware of the overwhelming need and the generosity is evident as the school lobby overflows with numerous items. Monetary gifts are also contributed by the students and their families. The students realize that they not only make a difference in a familys life, but add Christmas joy as well.