BRUNSWICK---Teachers and staff at St. John’s Catholic School in Brunswick constantly seek ways in which to instill a call to service in their students, an understanding of the difference that caring for those in need can make, and an appreciation for the special school community that provides a venue of encouragement to answer the call.
During Maine Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 28-Feb. 3), that hope will extend to those who seek assistance at the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP) in Brunswick. The MCHPP provides food for hundreds of local families through a food bank, food pantry, and soup kitchen. St. John’s students will fill large donation boxes, each labeled with a specific grade, as part of a weeklong competition that will produce two groups of winners: the grade with the largest amount of donations and the recipients of the food collected.
Catholic Schools Week celebrates the mission of Catholic Schools: to evangelize students by nourishing faith and encouraging academic excellence while accentuating the importance of community and service in a nurturing environment.
On Monday, January 29, Timothy Forti, the principal of St. John’s, will speak to the students about the military and the importance of caring for veterans. Forti is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as a commander for the 26th Personnel Services Company in Kirkuk, Iraq (2004-2005), and as assistant adjutant for the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade in Fort Lewis, Washington (1989-1993). He is a Bronze Star Medal recipient. St. John’s students will make letters, cards, and videos thanking servicemen and servicewomen.
Other special events scheduled for St. John’s during Catholic Schools Week include making Valentine’s Day cards for nursing home residents, homebound parishioners at All Saints Parish, and many others; an open house featuring religion fair projects and tours on Sunday, January 28; a career day with community professionals on Tuesday, January 30; and a variety of fun activities throughout the week including schoolwide Bingo, a spelling bee, a trivia game with clergy, and clothing theme days.
For a look at activities and projects taking place at other Catholic schools in Maine during Catholic Schools Week, click here.