Social Justice Service Learning
St. John Bosco School continues to teach about the importance of Social Justice Service Learning as part of being caring and compassionate citizens. Social Justice is an important part of our Religious studies and teaches children early on the importance of taking care of our brothers and sisters.
Our work is founded on the work of Connie Fourre Zimney as she looks at social-justice education and identifies five steps on the continuum between charity and justice. Ms. Zimney sees these as a "natural growth pattern" for individuals and schools. The first three stages—collections, direct service, and empowering activities such as tutoring or coaching—provide a valid foundation for social-justice work. Please click on the link below for more information https://www.smp.org/resourcecenter/resource/2606/
We take our inspiration from St. Teresa of Avila a Carmelite nun from an early age understood fully the power of engagement through our daily actions towards helping one’s brothers and sisters in Christ. To that end, we hope to encourage and inspire our staff, students and their families to be a visible presence and support for our city’s homeless, who are in need of our good works. Praying for them is just not enough when we can really do something tangible for them. We invite and encourage students and their families to join us in various school-wide social justice initiatives such as, Operation Christmas Child, We Care Marketplace as well as regular Food Bank Collections throughout the school year.
In addition to school wide initiatives, teachers teach and collaboratively work towards specific social justice projects closely linked to their curricular studies.
St. Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)
Christ Has No Body
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
Social Justice School Wide Initiatives
Operation Christmas Child
We are happy to share the good news that the SJB school community collected 200 Operation Christmas Child boxes. We thank everyone for their enthusiasm and contribution towards making this Social Justice experience such as great success. Many of the kids were talking about the shoeboxes and shone with pride as they shared their shoebox with another child across the world.
Congratulations to all for your contribution to our school wide social justice project Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child here at St. John Bosco School. We look forward to this program once again next year!
We Care Marketplace
We are committed to making a difference through Social Justice Service Learning year round! Staff work hard to instil in students an understanding of the need for social justice works by teaching about the 5 stages of social justice. Staff, students and homeroom classes collaborate and commit to SJSL projects, both as school-wide and class-based homeroom projects focused on teaching about the value of and need for ongoing social justice.
We are reminded by initiatives items for the 'We Care Marketplace'; an organization committed to helping the homeless. Parents, students, staff and staff family members came out to serve.
Students and staff collaborate with SJB families to gather items to donate to the We Care Marketplace organization.
In January and February, our school begins their annual work towards supporting the We Care Marketplace by advertising on broadcast and inspiring the entire school to start bringing in items! As we teach about global citizenships and missionaries sharing the “Good News,” students throughout the school collect, sort, talk and count the various donated items. With electrifying energy, school staff and students load donations into vehicles and meet up on Sundays as part of the We Care Marketplace weekly efforts to feed and support our city's homeless. As eloquently sung by Jewel in her song, “Hands”, "We’re all God’s hands, God’s eyes and God’s mind”.
The driving forces behind the “We Care Marketplace” are members of the Sherwood Park Alliance Church, who show up weekly, every Sunday of the year, along with some other denominational groups to minister to the less fortunate. St. John Bosco School, as a Catholic community, has been blessed to join these groups, to contribute in a small way to Edmonton’s homeless. We would like to thank all those who came out to help as this was certainly a team effort.
We invite and encourage all schools in ECSD to consider participating at least once in the school year. They are a wonderful organization and would welcome our support. If you are interested in getting involved in the We Care Ministries contact, Zane Nykiforuk at email@example.com.