Catholic education is about more than simply acquiring knowledge. It involves the formation of the whole person. Academic knowledge only reaches its fullest impact when the mind is integrated with the heart, and when students can use what they have learned to help the world around them. Therefore, service to others is an essential part of a Catholic education, as students use their intellect to recognize and uphold the dignity of all human beings.
Service is a part of every student’s experience at Christ the King. From the moment they enter pre-Kindergarten, students engage in service to others. By the time they graduate as 8th graders, they have served in a variety of settings and have been exposed to many populations, including the elderly, the developmentally disabled, the poor and those facing unplanned pregnancies. The Student Service Program is structured so that students receive a strong foundation for service and gradually assume more individual responsibility as they mature. By the time they graduate, we hope that they have acquired the heart of a servant, which inspires them to a lifelong commitment to service.
Pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade
Each grade partners with a local service agency throughout the school year, including:
- At least one field trip to the agency
- In-class activities to benefit the agency
- Class presentations given by agency representatives to educate students on the underlying issues served
- Regular prayer for those they serve
Mission of the Service Program
The Christ the King School Service Program seeks to develop Christian stewards who receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.
(Adapted from USCCB website description of stewardship)
- Receive God’s gifts gratefully – We celebrate the gifts that God gives us, especially our faith, our minds and our hearts. We pray in thanksgiving. We have a positive attitude towards each other, our teachers, our school.
- Cultivate them responsibly – We participate in the sacraments and sacramental preparation. We do our best. We attend Mass on Sunday. We continually practice stewardship (inside and outside of the classroom). We participate fully in academic learning to cultivate our minds, and engage in service to cultivate our hearts made for loving others.
- Share them lovingly in justice with others – We share our gifts of time, talent, and treasure with our brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ by engaging in service with a variety of community groups and reflecting on these experiences in the classroom.
- Return them with increase to the Lord – We strive to use our gifts to build God’s kingdom here in our community. We look forward to our vocations, and we pray for the grace and courage to respond to God’s call for each of us during our time at CKS and beyond.
The Program Consists of:
Kindergarten & Pre-K: Wellbrooke, a senior living community offering rehabilitation and long-term care for the elderly.
Kindergarten and Pre-K visited Wellbrooke at different times during the year to deliver crafts for Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, as well as to sing Christmas carols. In the classroom, the teachers taught children about the aging process so that they understood more about the needs of the elderly. They remembered the residents of Wellbrooke every day during prayer intentions, and they dedicated decades of the rosary to the residents and staff of Wellbrooke. They also introduced a Christmas service project by collecting over 100 puzzles and delivering them to the residents.
1st Grade: St. Joseph County Soil & Water Conservation District, learning how care for God’s creation is an important aspect of Catholic Social Teaching.
First graders learned about care for the environment as an important part of service. The District’s Education Coordinator came into the classroom several times to talk about soil and composting, and waste vs recycling. She taught the students how to set up and maintain a compost with red wiggler worms in the classroom. This culminated in a day at the Mishawaka Reservoir, where they examined the outdoor environment for signs of decomposing matter and also signs of a healthy environment, including micro-invertebrate life in the river.