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Central Catholic shows energy on day of service
Central Catholic High School photo
Central Catholic students prepare meals at Blanchet House.
Central Catholic High School photo
Central Catholic students prepare meals at Blanchet House.

Central Catholic students, faculty, and a few alumni took advantage of the statewide in-service in October to do service at many sites in the Portland area. In total, 128 students of all grade levels served at  Blanchet House, Camp Howard, St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church, the Providence Child Center and Loaves and Fishes. Each year, Central Catholic’s Christian Service Program holds close to 30 school-sponsored projects
Held close to the start of the school year, the day of service helps freshmen and transfer students meet classmates and form connections with older students. The aim is to create community in the hallways for the rest of the year.

Each student performs 20 hours of Christian service per year, independently and in school-sponsored projects. One added benefit of introducing students to various service sites early in their high school career is that students are able to find sites that resonate with them, allowing for ongoing relationships.

“Central Catholic has made a real effort to approach service as an ongoing part of life at the school,” says Alisa Sinnott, director of Christian service.

Students perform service during all four of their years at Central Catholic. They are recognized through weekly “Person for Others” awards for displaying selfless behavior, and their experiences are woven into the religion curriculum in the form of reflections on their personal growth and insights as a result of service.

Modeling duty to the community during this year’s day of service were three alumni from the class of 1976, who tagged along with this year’s Camp Howard clean-up crew. Bill Leineweber, Phil Moran and Steve Holmes took the day off work to help supervise students and clear brush.

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