In the spirit of the Dominican charism, community service is a guiding principle for all St. Agnes-St. Dominic students who lead and participate in a wide variety of service projects.
From the early days of the Dominican Sisters caring for their neighbors during the yellow fever epidemic, service to the city and the world has been a hallmark of St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School. Our students learn at a young age that they have a responsibility to build the Kingdom of God through their service to others, and that in fulfilling their responsibility, they will spread the Truth as St. Dominic did.
Each Lower School class has its own service project. All 8th graders and Upper School students spend a Day of Caring out in the community, learning about organizations that serve the poor, the disabled, the elderly and the outcast. Upper School students make and serve food at the St. Vincent dePaul Soup Kitchen every week throughout the school year. Students help build houses through Habitat for Humanity, ring the bell for Salvation Army, and tutor students at inner city schools.
The Jr. High Global Ambassadors have partnered with the Saruwe School in Selous, Zimbabwe. In addition to forming pen-pal relationships with the students in Zimbabwe, SAA-SDS students have also raised money to purchase textbooks, laptop computers, nutritional supplements, and even build a well for their friends at the Saruwe School.
Each year students raise tens of thousands of dollars for LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, St. Jude, Wings Cancer Foundation, and numerous other charities. For over 10 years the entire student body has participated in the Make-a-Wish Kids program, raising money and coordinating a special wish granting ceremony. Wishes granted over the years include a trip to Hawaii and many trips to DisneyWorld.
During the summer months our day campers serve the community making sandwiches for an area soup kitchen, filling care packages for military personnel and selling lemonade to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
The School’s commitment to service has been recognized by the Jefferson Awards for Public Service which has awarded the school Gold Banners in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 for leadership in service.
For more information on community service contact Gretchen Kirk, Director of Religious Education, firstname.lastname@example.org.