Dozens of balloons, popping in succession, could be heard from the Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gym recently. Inside each busted balloon was a positive message for the sophomore girl who did the popping. This activity was done through a Senior Capstone group, with the focus on growing female relationships within CJ.
It's a competition, where everyone, especially those in need, win.
The CJ Hunger Games II: The Fight To End Hunger and Homelessness, will be held Monday, November 16 through Monday, November 23. This year, the week has a theme modeled off "The Hunger Games" movie franchise.
"It's been a couple years since we did a 'Hunger Games' theme," said Jenna Mathile '16. "People had a lot of fun and it got them excited about the week."
The week also correlates with Pope Francis' call to end hunger by 2025.
For two days, CJ students will be “joining hands” with others in the Dayton area, volunteering at service sites.
Join Hands Miami Valley is the area celebration of National Make a Difference Day, which is held near the end of October each year. This year's Join Hands Miami Valley is taking place October 23 and October 24.
"You are listening to Radio Maria, a Christian voice in your home. We are joining you live from Dayton, Ohio at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School."
On the fourth Monday of each month, you can hear Mary Pyper '76 say those words before students and faculty pray the Rosary during the Radio Maria program. The group broadcasts live from the St. Mary Conference room in Marianist Hall.
"Today I am being voiceless to represent the fact that aborted babies don't have a voice."
Clara Mussin-Phillips '17 joined dozens of other CJ students by participating in the national Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity on Tuesday, October 20. This was the 11th year for the national campaign. Eagles for Life moderator Karen Emmerich said this is the third year CJ students have participated in the movement.
Three seniors took action at the beginning of the school year to help ensure healthy food would be available for those in need through current national nutritional programs. For their effort, Kat Dranchak '16, Amanda Draeger '16 and Michaela Linehan '16 will be recognized during the Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley 2015 Speaker Series Event: Having Faith, Ending Hunger with Rev. David Beckmann.
#MarianistsinAction is more than a fun way to connect with others on social media. The hashtag represents the call to take time building community, and engaging in service, during the week of October 4 - 11. The final day of the week also marks the Marianist World Day of Prayer.
The CJ Marianist Life Community (MLC) is holding a rally and Mass on Saturday, October 10 in conjunction with the action.
Most families in America use more than 300 gallons of water per day, per home, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The bureau also states that around 70% of that water usage occurs indoors.
For those who live in underdeveloped countries, these same statistics are not a possibility.
Volunteering is at the heart of CJ students. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have to meet service hour requirements through their religion classes, while seniors complete their service requirement through their Senior Capstone Project.
On Friday, September 18, members of the Class of 2017 met with nearly 20 local agencies to discuss potential volunteering opportunities during a Service Fair. During their junior year, a student is required to volunteer at least 25 hours.