Faith in service to others
"I have one life and one chance to make it count for something... My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference." Jimmy Carter
Service to the community to help build a more kind and just world is an integral component of Catholic education. When our schools carry out service-learning or social justice projects, it always presents the opportunity to learn more about putting our faith into action to address social issues and inequalities that exist locally and globally.
Our schools engage in many social justice projects throughout the year as part of their Christ centered learning experience. We collect information about this learning at the end of the school year. Last year, our schools undertook 1,263 social justice projects, learning about and serving 68 different causes or organizations!
Our Annual ECSD We Care Challenge is a highlight of our social justice as all our sites are invited to participate. Schools and departments hold bike-a-thons, raffles, bottle drives, dress-up days, movie days and many, many other fun and fantastic events to raise funds for the Edmonton Catholic Schools Foundation's Dreams for Kids Campaign and Catholic Social Services' Sign of Hope Campaign.
The generous support from our students and staff means that children in our own schools will benefit from programs offered by the ECS Foundation in areas such as school lunch and snack programs, support for mental health issues, programming for socially and educationally disadvantaged young children and many other areas. Their support also means that families in the greater Edmonton area will have access to programs supported by the Sign of Hope Campaign, such as the LaSalle House shelter for women, or the McDaniel Youth Program for young people living with FASD.
This year, our schools raised a combined total of $194,811.51 to support both organizations. Our Division staff donated a total of $37,063. Our grand total for the We Care Challenge for this year is an amazing $231,874.51. And, of course, the learning about care for others that occurred during the Challenge is priceless. Well done!