One key aspect of the middle school curriculum, is the community service projects our middle school students complete in their religion coursework with Mrs. Urban.
Eighth grade oversees mass projections, assists with prayer services, serves at the senior luncheons hosted by St. Mary of Lake, makes quilts for local nursing homes, and brings to life new projects that can be shared in the community to inspire faith and love. For instance, there is currently an art project on display on our playground fences that our eighth-grade students designed.
In seventh grade, the students assist with various sewing projects (like the creation of the quilts) and also train for mass projections.
In sixth grade, in addition to the sewing projects, they too look for new ways to share our Catholic faith in the community, and this year designed one of the displays for our fences.
In February, all of the middle school students work on a partner project with the White Bear Historical Society, creating valentines for residents at nearby senior housing facilities. In April, they help with the Almsgiving baskets in the classrooms, and in May, they make pillowcases and share those fresh pillows with other senior housing facilities and long-term care homes.
This year, in particular, the students have taken to the sewing projects and have enjoyed learning how to sew using sewing machines!
The students and their families have donated fabric and new pillows, and then the students got to work pinning, threading, and sewing!
It is amazing to see the way these students connect with their work, knowing the way it will impact others’ lives!