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 Preschool and build through Eight Grade with increasing involvement and understanding.
Here are just a few examples of how during the school year OLA students give of themselves:
- Our Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten students make reverse Advent Boxes for our SVDP Food Locker clients.
- Our Kinder Rich and Extension students made blessing bags for our SVDP Food Locker clients.
- Kindergarten students participate in 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.
- 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.
- Junior High students provide service to the parish by preparing the Christmas mailing.
- The December school theme is the virtue, “Kindness”. We teach the children about caring for others’ needs and they teach us how to embrace this virtue as well. What time is better than Christmas to perform kind and loving deeds? As we progress through Advent, preparing for Christmas, we will have many opportunities to attend to others’ needs. Four of these opportunities are: Our Student Council’s fundraiser for Wellspring Women’s Center, OLA’s Giving Tree, the eighth grade’s fundraiser for Camp Fire victims (Santa Grams), and our ongoing support of the St. Vincent de Paul food locker. Supporting these worthy causes is a wonderful opportunity for us to model the virtue of kindness.
- 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.