Community Service is fundamental to Catholic education

Service activities to our local communities are a core part of our Catholic schools. Just as service to others is core to Catholic discipleship.

Volunteering outside the school allows students to witness Catholic social teaching in action and be a part of living mercy firsthand.

Take these two photos as example:

This is a group from Archbishop Bergan Catholic School posing between HOURS of work cleaning up local parks in Fremont.  All as part of the school’s annual Day of Service. Go Knights! 

And this is a group of freshmen from Creighton Prep fueling up prior to spending some time with their senior big brothers to complete a project.

We could write blogs about the good works done in the community by our Catholic school students every day and not run out of stories.  It’s a real pleasure to see our students bring their energy and skills to help others in so many ways. And not just to give back, but to “build up” their communities and the Church.

Shine a Light in the Community Challenge

We are challenging students even further to discover how they can be of service to others. We brought back our community service challenge for its second year. Last year called “Awaken Greatness in the Community,” we’ve changed the name to “Shine a Light in the Community.”  Any currently enrolled Catholic school student can submit a video (under 2 minutes long) to that outlines their project idea–before October 14, 2019.  Then we’ll choose a winner in late October to surprise with up to $1,000 to bring their idea to life – and all0w everyone to follow along as it’s enacted. The winner also receives a $200 Amazon gift card. You can read more about the contest online.

“This effort shines a spotlight on both the unmet needs in our community, and the capacity our children and their families have in identifying and addressing those needs,” said Michael Ashton, superintendent of Catholic Schools. “Catholic school communities in the Archdiocese of Omaha recognize this capacity and seek to promote, encourage and support these efforts.”

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