At Sts. Simon & Jude school, we believe that service to others is an integral part of a Catholic education. Each year we look for projects that not only help people in need, but also bond us together in a unique way as we fulfill Jesus’ command to serve others. Every year, the SSJ School community generates more than $10,000 in donations for the American Heart Association as we participate in Jump Rope for Heart.
In previous years, the faculty, staff and students of Sts. Simon & Jude School raised funds in an effort to help children with the fight against cancer. Our school’s Math-A-Thon began on Ash Wednesday to raise vital funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier centers for research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.
In conjunction with our efforts to help St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, another aspect of our Lenten Christian service project succeed in bringing a bit of happiness to the youngest patients at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). All throughout Lent, our students overfilled the “chest of hope” on campus with lots of NEW and simple toys, coloring books, crayons, puzzles, books, etc. that will be used by the children at CHOC to help make their hospital stay a bit more comforting.
As part of our “Hope for Haiti” prayer walk-a-thon, the Sts. Simon & Jude School community collected over 1,400 pairs of shoes to send to those devastated by the natural disaster in Haiti! Our eighth grade students assisted the staff in loading up the truck that delivered the shoes for shipment to Haiti.
Every year there are different Christian Service Projects developed as needs arise and the students, parents, faculty and staff of SSJ commit to helping our brothers and sisters in need.