Service

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TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE

Middle School Service Trips

Service learning at Holy Family School is a dynamic element of the religion classes in the middle school.  Mrs. Anita Bihun leads the 6th grade program and Jill and Steve Haberman lead the 7th and 8th grades.

The middle school service learning program seeks to engage every 6-8th grade student in active, meaningful 1:1 service in the Milwaukee community.  The outreach programs are aligned with Catholic Social Teaching and the Corporal Works of Mercy.  Students demonstrate awareness of these in reflecting about their service experiences.  Prayer, scripture, oral and written reflection included before and after service experiences enable students to connect service learning to their faith.

The 6th grade students focus on the Corporal Work of Mercy: Visit the Sick.  Groups of 6-7 visit, play games and do crafts with residents of the memory care unit at Bria Health Care.

The 7th grade students focus on the Corporal Work of Mercy: Feed the Hungry.  Groups of 6 serve and eat lunch with homeless and working poor guests at St. John’s Cathedral- Open Door Café.

The 8th grade students focus on the Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor.  Students are reading buddies to 2-5 year olds at the Next Door Foundation.

Service learning at Holy Family School is a dynamic element of the religion classes in the middle school.  Mrs. Anita Bihun leads the 6th grade program and Jill and Steve Haberman lead the 7th and 8th grades.

The middle school service learning program seeks to engage every 6-8th grade student in active, meaningful 1:1 service in the Milwaukee community.  The outreach programs are aligned with Catholic Social Teaching and the Corporal Works of Mercy.  Students demonstrate awareness of these in reflecting about their service experiences.  Prayer, scripture, oral and written reflection included before and after service experiences enable students to connect service learning to their faith.

Prior to beginning the monthly service outings, students participate in a reflection appropriate to their service project.  Essential outcomes of this experience touch on religion curriculum themes such as:  how we are to behave toward others, integrates the skills of justice and peacemaking into actions, and explains how “Catholic” means global and universal.

Each student has 3-4 small group service trips per school year.  “We all have so much experience gathering piles of goods to deliver to a shelter or pantry, and that’s great”, says Jill.  “However, it can be life-changing for a student to actually meet a person and help him.  I loved that our students have a face-to-face experience with individuals in need.”

“Watching the students “live the Gospel” through these interactions is one of the most rewarding parts of these young people grow into loving and giving Christian adults.” Says Anita.

The outreach focus for grade 7 is Corporal Works of Mercy: Feed the Hungry; Give Drink to those who Thirst.  Groups of 6 seventh graders serve and eat lunch with homeless and working poor guests at St. John’s Cathedral- Open Door Café.

“As we were cleaning up the Café, a woman showed all of us drawings she made.  These drawings were extremely detailed and realistic.” recalls 7th grader, Nicholas.  “She showed me that even through you are homeless and have to rely on others for a meal, you can still be talented and you have potential for success as everyone else does.  Although this lady is homeless, she does not hide her talents.  Instead she shares them with the whole world. This moment reminded me of the Gospel.  We cannot hide our talents from the world.  Jesus tells us to go out and share the many gifts God has given to us.”

The outreach focus for grade 8 is Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor.  Students are reading buddies to 2-5 year olds at the Next Door Foundation.

“When I walked into the little classroom, I looked around and saw so many joyful little kids.” says 8th grader, Hope.  “After 10 minutes with my assigned little buddy, two more 2 year olds toddled over and plopped in my lap; I had 3 little cuties cuddled up in my lap.  It made me feel so happy seeing how eager they were to read a story with me.  Sometimes we don’t ever stop to enjoy each other’s presence, but in that moment I realized how important it is to talk and feel included and loved.  These little kids were so eager and joyful about being with me and the books.”

“These are moments when the Beatitudes, the Corporal Works of Mercy and Catholic Social Teaching are made flesh for the students, helping them realize our faith is spirited by compassion and personal acts of charity.”  reflects Steve. “And students, as much as those served, are blessed.”

The outreach focus for grade 6 is Corporal Work of Mercy: Visit the sick.  Groups of 6-7 sixth graders visit, play games and do crafts with residents in the memory care unit at Bria Health Center.

House of Peace

Each November, Holy Family School students pack 100 boxes of Thanksgiving Dinners for families in need.  Students and their families donate the food items that go into each box, then students, along with their Guardian Angels, pack the boxes.  The House of Peace pick up the 100 boxes of food and delivers it to those in need.  It ensures that everyone can have a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner, regardless of their financial situation.

Middle School Safety Cadets

The Middle School Safety Cadet Program gives the 6th-8th grade students a unique opportunity to help the rest of the school.  The cadets are scheduled on a monthly rotation, starting with the most experienced 8th grade.

Some students are in charge  of the morning shift which begins at  7:30 am.  Students work as crossing guards, helping other students and parents cross the streets.  Parents can also pull their cars up to designated spots to drop their child off.  The cadets are there to greet the student by opening their door and wishing the parent a good day.   On rainy days, the cadets hold umbrellas for the students and parents as they are entering the building.

At the end of the day, two cadets escort students to cars in the back parking lot and one to two students monitor the traffic on the north end of the lot.  The job would not be complete without each student sporting a blaze orange vest and hand held stop sign.

The cadet program teaches students responsibility, allows the students to offer a valuable service to their school community, and gives them a daily opportunity to interact with students and parents.  It has been a very successful program for over 20 years, and hopefully will continue for many more years to come.