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"Capstone" projects complete faith formation at Madeleine
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Members of The Madeleine’s class of 2014 prepare to run their last jogathon.
The Madeleine School photo
Members of The Madeleine’s class of 2014 prepare to run their last jogathon.

As the 2013-’14 school year winds down, eighth graders at The Madeleine School in Northeast Portland are busy completing service capstone projects.

Before graduating, each student selects a social issue to further investigate and research. Upon building a stronger understanding of the issue, he or she partners with an organization or agency in which they coordinate 10 hours of volunteer work.

Organizations include Children’s Healing Art Project, Oregon Food Bank, Blanchet House, St. Francis Dining Hall and the Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children. Upon completion of his or her volunteer work, each student writes a reflection identifying how he or she grew from the experience, how  service connects to Catholic social teaching, and how the work meets the school’s spiritual or academic learning expectations.

“I grew in many ways, the first of which being that I grew in humility,” one student wrote. “I say this because I was the one doing the behind-the-scenes work, stocking shelves, and didn’t receive recognition for it. It was at one of those moments of doing unnoticed work that I finally discovered what humility is: humility is helping others or doing kind acts without recognition and still being happy that you helped others.”

Graduation is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, at The Madeleine Church.

Here are the graduates: Peter Ataras, Samantha Berman, Isaac Cannon, Ryan Dooris, Tony Gianotti, Michael Gill, Rivers Hardin, Mariah Hendricks, Henry Kayser, Ian Kelleher, Luke Kennedy, Grant Lance, Anders Langhus, Fiona Lindsay, Nicky Markantonatos, Jaida Mitchell, Hughes Mundy, Michelle Nguyen, Vinnie Perry, Addie Pinomesa, Clara Porter, Isabella Posovich, Grace Rosebrook, Dean Santos, Sophia Sherlag, David Sullivan, Alexander Widmer, Emma Witka, Evan Yazzolino, Ezra Yemane-Berhan

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