National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2014 is January 26 to February 1. Through a variety of events and activities, we’ll focus on the value Catholic education provides young people. Each day [...]
VillaTALKS presents “How to Keep Your Kids Safe” by Kim Estes of Savvy Parents-Safe Kids on January 30, 7 – 9 p.m in the Parlor. The event is free and open to the public. All parents and teachers are welcome. Topics to be covered include cell phones, sleepovers, neighborhood safety, “home alone” readiness, and the [...]
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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!