Catholic schools join ONE Campaign with community service pledges
The nearly 40 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Sacramento will join Catholic schools across the nation to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week, slated for Jan. 26 to Feb. 1. Catholic Schools Week provides an opportunity for schools to put their faith into action through special projects and initiatives that serve the greater community. The time students spend on these activities will not only continue to support the work of Jesus but will also help to meet their 1.5 million hour pledge to the ONE Campaign community service goal.
Traditionally, for Catholic Schools Week, Holy Spirit School in Sacramento hosts a diaper drive for Maryhouse, a daytime shelter for women and children within the Loaves and Fishes shelter. Throughout the month of January, students bring in diaper donations, which are displayed as a reminder throughout the drive.
While many schools will implement similar signature service projects in honor of Catholic Schools Week, others will launch new initiatives that tie in their ONE Campaign service pledges.
St. Mel School in Fair Oaks will participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients program with a student council-set fundraising goal of $1,000. The cause is especially close to the student body as fifth-grade student Garrett Heisinger undergoes treatment for Leukemia and has been selected as the 2014 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Hero of the Year. Garrett will be honored at an assembly to kick off the fundraiser.
Visit OneRevival.org to pledge your community service hours and join the ONE Campaign.
Of the $50 million expected to be raised as part of the ONE Campaign, $15 million will support the ministry of Catholic education in the Diocese of Sacramento.