Our goal in performing service learning is to help St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School students develop their own beliefs and convictions according to gospel values. We hope to nurture their character formation so that they will become persons of inner strength who strive for friendly interaction with others. Our service projects promote these values by encouraging participation in various activities which foster good citizenship in the community, the country, and the world. Each service project helps by heightening the awareness of students to the circumstances of others throughout the world.
Kindergarten - The Sullivan Center
In December, our Kindergarten class participates in a school-wide Toy Drive to collect items for under-privileged children. The Sullivan Center provides help to families and individuals in crisis.
1st Grade - Sandy Springs Police Department
In October, the 1st grade class partners with their 8th grade buddies for the Teddy Bear Drive. They collect teddy bears and donate them to the Sandy Springs Police Department which uses them to give to children during stressful situations.
2nd Grade - Our House Day Care Center
In October, our 2nd grade students promote a school-wide Diaper Drive including basic needs of infants/children. All donated items are delivered to Our House Day Care Center which provides day care and support for homeless families.
3rd Grade - Hammond Glenn (Assisted Living Center)
In March, the 3rd grade class brings joy to local seniors through interaction, song, and treats for St. Patrick's Day.
4th Grade - Men's Homeless Shelter at Central Presbyterian Church and Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
During two separate visits in January and February, the 4th grade classes prepare and serve meals to the homeless. The churches provide evening shelter and meals to the homeless of Atlanta.
5th Grade - Community Action Center
The 5th grade class promotes a school-wide Canned Food Drive during the month of March to help fill the shelves at the Community Action Center in Sandy Springs. CAC provides assistance to individuals and families in need.
6th Grade – Atlanta Community Food Bank
New this year, our 6th grade students will work on a Community Garden Project at ACFB. Students will learn about how community gardens help teach skills and build communities as well as feed the hungry. The Atlanta Community Food Bank provides 50 million pounds of food and groceries to over 600 partner agencies serving families and individuals in 29 metro Atlanta areas.
7th Grade - Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children
During the spring, the 7th grade plans a special on-site event such as a spring Mother's Day Luncheon with activities for the women and children. ADS is a daytime shelter and resource center for homeless women and children.
8th Grade: 7Bridges to Recovery
7 Bridges to Recovery is a Christian-based non-profit ministry rescuing the last, the lost, and the least from the streets of Atlanta and beyond. Our 8th grade students brought the love of Christ, along with lunch, to the homeless and lost living in the streets and under the bridges of Atlanta.
8th Grade: Daffodil Project
This service project aspires to build a Living Holocaust Memorial by planting 1.5 million daffodils around the world in memory of the 1.5 million children who were murdered during the Holocaust. The first daffodils were planted in 2010; to date, over 279,307 have been planted worldwide. Our students added 500 daffodils to the count, planting them along the path of the Stations of the Cross between the rectory and school.