December first marks the first Sunday of Advent, a time of waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus. During Advent, we wait in joy, in hope, and in anticipation for the wonderful event we are about to experience-the feast of Christmas, the coming of Christ into our lives in new ways. This waiting is [...]
Congratulations to the Villa 6th grade girls soccer team on winning the CYO Championship! Despite wind gusts that blew the actual ball at times, the Vikings, led by Katie O. with two goals and Rachel R. with another, defeated St. Francis 3-0. Goalies Lizzie K. and Katie O. combined for the shutout, marking the third [...]
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At Villa Academy, the tradition of service to others is grounded in the legacy of our founder, Mother Cabrini, and Catholic Social Teaching.
Yearly, each grade level chooses a theme or agency to partner with that is developmentally appropriate for the age of the students. Background information about the agency or theme is studied so students understand a bit more about the needs and the people served. The teachers, students and organization then discuss ways the students can help! As much as possible, students engage in the act of service, and not just collecting money.
For our younger students, this means service to the local Villa community through on-site activities and school-sponsored outreach. For our middle school students, we require 9 hours of community service per trimester to be earned through a combination of on-site activities and individual off-campus work. Middle school students must obtain the form to log their hours from their religion teachers and/or from the school’s website. Students who perform 15 or more hours of service in any trimester earn the “Mother Cabrini Award.” Grade 8 students who have received the Mother Cabrini Award for 7 or more trimesters receive the Mother Cabrini Medal when they graduate.
A unique part of our community service is the reflection students do after an activity or event. This profound reflection (discussion, journal writing, drawing, etc) allows teachers to draw connections between what students did, what they felt, our faith, and what it means to have a compassionate heart.
Take a look at the journey of service students at Villa Academy travel!