Students participating in service opportunities is important. As a result, students at St. John have routine opportunities to serve at school and beyond. As part of engaging students to participate in service opportunities, our 8th grade students have been working to identify specific organizations to support through chapel offerings. Recently, students have identified Crisis Nursery of St. Louis as an organization to support.
Throughout the process, STJ students have spoken with representatives from Crisis Nursery about specific ways our school can help their organization. As part of these conversations, Crisis Nursery has indicated a need for diapers to our 8th grade students. In response, students have created and placed signs around the STJ campus communicating how chapel offerings will be used in the upcoming weeks. As part of this effort, we are challenging every student to bring in $1 per week to place in the offering basket to help support this cause. The goal they set is to collect $800 for this organization. After one week, students raised $179 through chapel offerings, which is a notable increase from the previous weeks.
We value leadership opportunities at St. John. It is encouraging to see students utilizing their unique gifts to lead and serve. It is why our students take an active role around our campus. They have already served our STJ community by setting our campus up for our eclipse day, creating and sending scripture to a support a prison ministry, organizing and cleaning office spaces, and collecting and emptying campus recycle bins every week. It is exciting to see our students take an active role in supporting others. As student leaders, they are making a difference in our community. They are setting an example by using their gifts to serve others. May God continue to bless the efforts of these students as they continue serve in our school and beyond.
Encouraging Leadership! Character Building! Positive Attitudes!
We are excited to provide students with leadership and character building opportunities. Through these values, it is exciting to see students work to build a better community within their classrooms while working on character traits that encourage leadership and positive behavior. Our House mentors continue to discuss leadership and character traits at the middle school level through our adaptation of Tim Elmore’s Habitudes. Additionally, teachers are also discussing specific topics in our elementary grades that encourage these values.
Students in grade three have begun to look at specific topics to encourage positive character traits. Since the beginning of the year they have explored topics such as responsibility and respect as a class. While STJ students display outstanding traits, we recognize the importance of exploring and discussing these topics with students.
As scripture reminds us, setting an example and leading ourselves in a Christ pleasing way is important. These conversations with students help foster our value of faith development, but also support our mission of developing and equipping students to courageously serve Christ in a changing world. We know that when students are able to understand and put into practice positive character traits, they not only become stronger, but they are also able to develop a stronger sense of community by establishing mutual respect and relationships within their classes.
We are excited to work with students as they develop these virtues. It is encouraging to witness student growth in these essential areas. May God continue to bless STJ as we together nurture student traits that support our value of faith, academics, and community!
In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. - Titus 2:7-8