Catholic school students make a difference with Day of Service
The Corporal Works of Mercy were carried out in special, creative and even fun ways as thousands of Catholic school students around the Diocese of Trenton spent a day performing works of service April 28. Initiated by the diocesan Department of Catholic Schools, the third annual event, held in as many years, had students in grades Pre-K through 12 participating in various projects including collecting canned goods to be given to the poor, spending some quality time with senior citizens, hosting breakfasts for first responders and military personnel and cleaning and sprucing up nearby park grounds or beaches.
A highlight of the Day of Service in St. Joseph School, Toms River, included the annual “Canned Sculpture” contest in which each grade created a sculpture using the canned goods they had collected over the past several weeks. Once completed, a friendly contest was held with teachers judging their students’ sculpture creations. Later in the day, all of the canned goods were gathered and delivered to the food pantry that is hosted by St. Joseph Parish.
While the contest “is the fun part” of the Day of Service, teacher William Dudley said it was “also great to have the service aspect and see these youngsters being active in their community and school.
“It’s just fantastic,” he said.”
Students Alexa Gonzalez and Olivia Lechner agreed that while they had a lot of fun during the Day of Service, they also learned important lessons from doing good works.
“We are collecting canned goods to help the food pantry and those who are less fortunate,” Gonazlez said.
“Everyone deserves a nice meal and it feels good” knowing that students of St. Joseph School are helping people in need to have a nice meal, Lechner added.