Senior Christian Service
The Religious Education Curriculum includes a service-learning component for seniors. Those who choose to apply for this course and are accepted will spend one semester visiting four sites each week. These locations include elder facilities, preschools, elementary schools, and a variety of community locations. Listed below are many of the sites Ursuline students have enjoyed during the past several semesters.
Elder Care/Assisted Living
Sterling House, Heritage Manor, Inn at Christine Valley, Liberty Arms, Meridian Arms, Omni West, Ursuline Motherhouse Health Care, Windsor House
Candy Cane Workshop, Goddard School, Head start: McCartney and Renaissance, Oblate Sister, St. Christine, St. Patrick, Sunny Days, Ursuline Preschool
Alpha School of Excellence, Campbell, St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Lloyd, St. Joseph the Provider, St. Patrick (Hubbard), St. Rose
ACLD Mollie Kessler, Leonard Kirtz School, Potential Development, Potter’s Wheel, Rescue Ministries, Rich Center for Autism (St. Charles Satellite Center), St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry
Included in their work for this course is an on-site evaluation from their supervisors, excellent attendance, and academic assignments in order to receive their religion credit. Each student keeps a daily journal of his or her reflections for their service work. A research project on a topic, which relates to one of their locations, a storytelling project for the children at their preschool, in-class discussions and in-service training, elementary sign language, and reflection papers on videos comprise the curriculum for this course.
Students of Stewardship
Students of Stewardship is an extracurricular service organization dedicated to serving various local charities including the Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity, and Casa Madre, among others. They also raise money throughout the year to defray the cost of their culminating activity, a mission trip to an area in need, such as Appalachia. Students in grades 9 through 12 are welcome to join S.O.S., although the Mission Trip is open to only upper classmen.
Another extracurricular service organization is the Interact Club, which is affiliated with Rotary International. It is open to all students who wish to enhance leadership skills, serve their community and expand international understanding. Projects address today’s most critical issues such as hunger, the environment and illiteracy.
School Wide Service Efforts
In addition to the above activities, the Religious Education Department sponsors the following school wide service projects:
- Campus Clean-Up
- City Wide Beautification and Clean-Up Projects
- Thanksgiving & Christmas Food Drives
- Clothing Drives
- Collections for the Ursuline Sisters’ HIV/AIDS outreach
- Election Day Poll Workers
- Ursuline Family Emergency Fund