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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.

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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

SJB Student Leadership Team

The SJB Student Leadership Team explores social justice service learning opportunities at recess times that offer practical outcomes within communities. They are identifying real problems and working towards solving them and making a difference. They work on building awareness and discussing what anti-bullying means towards shifting attitudes into action and moving kids from being BYSTANDERS to UPSTANDERS!

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 to 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 

At SJB, we’re MAD! We’re not angry, we Make a Difference” …through our Social Justice Service Learning Projects. We made an amazing difference on Sunday, January 21 from 9:45-11 AM at Clansman Park with the We Care Marketplace, helping the homeless. Parents, students, staff and staff family members came out to serve. 

During the season of Advent, we were all inspired by the school-wide read aloud of “The Sparkle Box.” Our Leadership Team began with the end in mind and started making “Happy New Year” cards in December executing their plan to meet and greet the homeless people by giving a gift from the heart! Every Wednesday they collaborated and communicated through art and writing cheery, inspirational messages.

Our Leadership team also eagerly organized all We Care Marketplace bins throughout the school and ensured they were properly labelled so that we could begin collecting items. 

In January, our Leadership team began advertising on broadcast and inspiring the entire school to start bringing in items! Global Citizens and Missionaries sharing the “Good News,” the grade three leaders collected, sorted, talked and counted the various donated items. Excitement filled the air of SJB and school-wide challenges emerged. 


Our energetic Principal, Mrs. Esposito-Brady did a read-aloud over our morning broadcast of the inspirational book called, “A Chance to Shine,” which summed up how “every heart needs a chance to shine!”

There was an electrifying energy in the school on Friday, January 19 as the Leadership Team and grade 3 volunteers did the final count and loaded donations into vehicles. 

No words could possibly describe Sunday, January 21.” We’re all God’s hands, God’s eyes and God’s mind” as eloquently sung in Jewel’s song, “Hands.” It was an experience, we will all remember! At SJB, we “Make a Difference” – we’re MAD!

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

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