1/18/2011 2:47:00 PM Community involvement essential at St. Matthew
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St. Matthew School leadership students volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank during the Christmas break.
HILLSBORO — Fourth graders carrying frozen 18-pound turkeys. Eighth graders labeling and packaging beans. Letters to the homebound. Prayer cards for priests and vocations. These are a few of the school-wide activities that are a part of the fabric of Catholic education at St. Matthew School here.
The school-wide learning expectations at St. Matthew incorporate not only the academic, but also include community service and responsibility for the world. Students learn, integrate and model the expectations both at school and beyond. They are to be Christian role models, effective communicators, responsible citizens and lifelong learners. Woven throughout the school year are chances for students to get involved in the community and help others.
In the weeks prior to Thanksgiving, each class was assigned a specific item to bring for food baskets for needy families in the area. The school and religious education program donated 30 full baskets of food, with an additional eight boxes, eight hams and more than 20 turkeys to be distributed by the St. Vincent de Paul food bank.
The Oregon vs. Oregon State Civil War football game canned food drive spurred students to bring canned goods to vote for the team of their choice. The Beavers were the victors of the canned food drive, but the real win was being able to donate 726 cans of food to the St. Vincent de Paul food bank.
Leadership students in grades 6 through 8 volunteered a day to wash cars. The students earned $200, which was donated to the parish mission.
During the Christmas Break this year, several eighth grade students and parents volunteered at the Oregon Food Bank. While assigned to labeling, bagging, and bundling beans, the volunteers each helped feed 78 people with three hours of volunteer time.
At the Christmas parties in the fourth and sixth grades, students took time to make scarves for people who are homeless. The scarves were distributed at the shelter at Orenco Station.
St. Matthew is located in downtown Hillsboro and serves students K-8. Starting in fall 2011, a preschool for children ages 3 and 4 will open. An open house is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30. For more information, contact the school office at 503-648-2512 or [email protected]