Students at the food bank, raising awareness for cancer, and collecting items for the parish festival

Service is an important part of a Catholic education. All grades participate in service learning projects throughout the year, including activities with and singing for residents of the Western Home.

Student Council initiates larger projects for school-wide service. Recent projects have assisted the Humane Society, Catholic Worker House, Matthew 25 Food Pantry, UNI/Univ. of Iowa Dance Marathons, Operation Christmas Child, and our "adopted" student in Guatemala. Students have learned about recycling from Waste Trac, completed projects for veterans and the homebound, and assisted with many activities at St. Patrick Parish.

Starting in grade 5, students are required to document service done outside of the classroom and reflect on how they assisted others and what it means to them. Many families have participated in our monthly service at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, working together to sort food and package items for the Backpack Project. Our students enjoy helping in school, church and the community.

Having a faith-based curriculum through 8th grade reinforced certain values and beliefs that I may not have otherwise been reminded of.

—Jon, alumnus