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At St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School, we stress the importance of service. We want our students to realize that service can be a meaningful endeavor. Following our Student Learning Expectations for a Catholic Learner, each child learns to effectively display a spirit of Christian service to others. It is important that students recognize the impact and rewards of service and learn to be responsible citizens.Community
Schoolwide community service projects, led by students at all grade levels, include an annual canned food collection for COTS, Christmas Toy Drive, and a lemonade stand to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Each month a class sponsors our monthly “Free Dress for Charity” fundraisers. On this day, for a $1 donation, students are allowed to forgo their uniform for the day and wear free dress. The proceeds for these monthly fundraisers go to charities such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Catholic Charities, and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Our students in the 6th - 8th grades are asked to provide a number of hours each year in service to our community. These acts of humility teach them how they can make a difference in the world, even with a seemingly small outreach. Service takes a wide variety of forms and actions of selfless assistance to worthy non-profit organizations throughout Northern California. At the end of the academic year, students write an essay reflecting on their service, how they made a difference and how it changed them and their outlook.
Offering service to our parish church has a long tradition amongst St. Vincent de Paul students. Whether it is in altar service, acting as a reader (lector), sharing voices in song in the choir, beautifying the church with the flower ministry or helping parent volunteers teach Sunday school, our students are able to witness the wide variety of programs that St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church offers and then find their place in them.