Sunday, January 25, 2009

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week began today with a lovely mass (our new choir sounded beautiful, Mrs. Alonso!) and then Open House right after. I take a great deal of pride in the set up of my classroom, and I must say that it looked outstanding today! 

Our CSW theme this year is Catholic Schools Celebrate Service. One of the ideas that we Catholics celebrate as part of our faith is the need to serve, not only our church, but the community and our country also. Last week I asked my students to write a few paragraphs about what serving others means to them. Here are a few highlights:

"Serving others is just one of the many things that we can do to live the way that God wants us to."

"Remember that we are servants of the Lord, and our charge is to be stewards and stewardesses of His creation, including our fellow humans."

"Serving others is important to me because it shows respect."

"Every time you serve someone not only do you benefit from the experience, it makes your community a better place."

"Albert Einstein once said, 'Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.' That's what service is: putting others before yourself, thinking before you act, and executing random acts of kindness whenever you can."

I think Katie's quote comes closest to my feelings:
The world may be a big place, but really there aren't that many of us who really dedicate themselves to serving others. Isn't that why we are all here? To help a neighbor when he is in need. Or to lend a helping hand to someone who has nothing. Again I ask, isn't that why God sent us to Earth? To help each other be the 'best possible versions of ourselves'?
We will be talking a lot about service this week in my classroom and as a school community. So I would like to ask my incredibly wise PLN the following question: What does 'service' mean to you? Feel free to add your comments here, and I will share them with my students as we move through our week.

One last thing...my favorite picture from this weekend is the seventh grade's answer to the question "Can we change the world?":


2 comments:

Helen said...

I love this quote that you had:

""Albert Einstein once said, 'Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.' That's what service is: putting others before yourself, thinking before you act, and executing random acts of kindness whenever you can.""

Service underlies almost every part of my life. I truly believe it's giving people, no matter who they are, more than they expected. It's going that extra step to be kinder, nicer, more helpful, and more understanding--without expecting anything in return. What a different world we could live in if we all were service-driven! I hope your students choose to inspire us with their service!

Ann Oro said...

Our principal asked us to have some sort of "Celebrate Service" display in our room. I thought for a while and decided that I would focus on our use of the Free Rice website.

Sometimes the service we do can be in the silence of our hearts. We contribute grains of rice as we play the game. We do not keep track of how much we donate. We do not really know who we are helping, but we perform a service as we use the site.

Here is the little display I put up on a closet door in my room.