“Since the Gospel message is one of peace, brother and sisterhood, love patience and respect for others…Today’s Catholic schools must respond to these challenges by developing in its students a commitment to community and to the social skills and virtues needed to achieve it.” (To Teach As Jesus Did, A Pastoral message on Catholic Education)
St. Dominic School instills a commitment to community in its students beginning in Kindergarten. Throughout the lower grades, students participate in community service through class projects as well as school-wide involvement.
Junior high students have a further responsibility to community service as a component of their religion classes.
Each year, students in the junior high grades must meet community service requirements set forth in the school handbook. Service hours for which students receive credit are categorized into three areas: service for school, service for parish, and service for community. Students must complete a variety of service activities from the different categories for the designated number of hours. Students participating in CJSF must meet extended requirements established by the federation.
The required hours for different grades are listed below.
|Grade||No. of hours||No. of Activities||Categories|
|CJSF||1 extra per earned semester||school/parish/community|
Activities need to have pre-approval by the Principal or homeroom teacher. Students keep track of their service hours and verifications of completion on the Community Service Record Sheet.
As stated in the Schoolwide Learning Expectations, as responsible citizens, students are to show a commitment to volunteerism and public service. Students are encouraged to go beyond the required service and St. Dominic School recognizes students for outstanding service.