Students and graduates of Our Lady of the Assumption School are living examples of the Mission Statement and Philosophy of the school, which challenge them to “develop an awareness and practice of social justice and respond to opportunities for Christian outreach and service.” The opportunities begin as early as Kindergarten with the “Got Milk?” program, which allows students to donate their extra pennies, nickels, and more, to provide fresh milk for families served by the parish food locker. Service opportunities continue to build through eighth grade with involvement in programs like the Sacramento Life Center’s “Baby Bottle Project” which provides financial support for mothers-to-be and new mothers in need.
Here are just a few examples of how during the school year OLA students give of themselves:
- The seventh grade “God Squad” plants and harvests fresh vegetables in their on-campus garden to provide for neighbors served by the parish food locker.
- Student Council hosts a school-wide Thanksgiving food drive that generates donations of hundreds of food items for the food locker.
- Eighth grade students volunteer to stock the shelves of the food locker twice weekly before school.
- Seventh grade students sell snow cones to support a variety of service organizations.
- Eighth graders volunteer their time for the Knights of Columbus Veterans’ Day “Tootsie Roll Campaign” to benefit the developmentally disabled.
- Students donate coats to the “Coats for Kids” program in town, as well as blankets for local shelters.
- Eighth grade students bake cookies and decorate placemats monthly for The Sharing Place.
- Students help load the donation truck for the St. Vincent de Paul Society on “Bundle Sunday.”
- Students contribute to a food drive for Wellspring and a fundraiser for Loaves and Fishes.
- Seventh students host a school-wide “book swap” and donate several hundred books to the parish Ladies Council for an annual book sale to support their ministry.
- Junior High students provide service to the parish by preparing the Christmas mailing, and to the school by serving at the auction and Christmas pancake breakfast, as well as assisting with the weekly school bulletin.
- Individual students give of themselves by altar serving at funerals, volunteering in the American River Parkway Cleanup, sewing quilts for local charities, assisting seniors with yard work, participating in the “Team-A: Teens for the Education of Adolescent Maasai-Africa,” and many other projects.