Eighth graders Sierra Archibald, Madeline Craven and Iain Hovey gather supplies at OLL.
Eighth graders Sierra Archibald, Madeline Craven and Iain Hovey gather supplies at OLL.
LAKE OSWEGO — In keeping with the U.S. Catholic bishops’ 1972 pastoral letter, “To Teach as Jesus Did,” Our Lady of the Lake School has students do outreach that fits the categories of spreading the Good News of the Gospel, building community and giving service.

Throughout students’ nine years at Our Lady of the Lake, exposure to a wide variety of community service activities is utilized to encourage a life-long desire to serve.

This past Advent season, Our Lady of the Lake students and staff collected food for the St. Vincent de Paul Society and gathered coats of all sizes for donation to the Portland Rescue Mission.

In addition, for the last five years, the student body has partnered with Intel to collect needed items for deployed military serving in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Hand warmers, jerky, energy bars, etc. were among the items gathered and packed in decorated boxes.

Each box included handcrafted Christmas cards thanking the soldiers for their dedication and bravery.

Students, faculty and staff look forward to their annual Lenten school-driven parish dinner in which every student participates.

Students create and color placemats; primary students make table decorations; intermediate age students set up or clean up the parish hall; middle school students greet and serve; staff prepare and cook the meal; and student council representatives staff a root beer float stand to collect additional revenue.

Patrons are entertained throughout the evening by Our Lady of the Lake’s Honor Choir and can view a school wide art display.

Proceeds from the event benefit local and international charities.

Our Lady of the Lake’s annual ongoing projects include serving meals at the Blanchet House, working at the Oregon Food Bank, and participating in the Clackamas County “Fill a Stocking” project.