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VIDEO: 12 Days of #GivingTuesday

Chaminade Julienne is celebrating #GivingTuesday on Dec. 2.

#GivingTuesday is a global movement, first initiated in America in 2012, that takes place all over the world on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This day reminds us to be generous and give back.

“Around the world, #GivingTuesday is a grassroots movement that illustrates the impact we can have when we all pull together,” according to a White House memo from the President. “The investments we make — in both time and funding — can help solve the urgent problems of today and will make the next generation stronger.”

Faculty & Staff Setting the Example

Teresa Spanel '10, alumni relations coordinator, had volunteered her time during CJ's Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week (HHAW) in the past, but never in this capacity. It had actually been four years since she last participated.

But on Wednesday morning, the 2010 grad who joined the staff in June, found herself back in the school cafeteria making sandwiches and bagging lunches; no longer as a student, but with her former teachers — now colleagues — as part of the annual HHAW faculty and staff service project.

CJ Community Serves Hungry, Homeless

THANK YOU to our amazing students, teachers, families, alums and friends who helped us exceed our Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week (HHAW) donation goals.

Once again, the CJ community pulled together to give back and educate others during the week before Thanksgiving. CJ raised a total of $2,943 and contributed 2,832 items for donation during the week of Nov. 17-25.

F.L.I.G.H.T. prepares to distribute collection boxes to Period 1 classrooms before HHAW 2014.

Vocation Awareness Week Roundtable

As a part of National Vocation Awareness Week, senior members of FLIGHT (Faith Leaders in God's Hands Today) heard from a panel of four CJ faculty and staff members and one guest speaker about their path in life and how they chose their vocation.

Educators Caitlin Bennett, Jama Badinghaus, Fr. Matt Robben, and Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI, each shared their unique story on Nov. 4. Gabby Bibeau, a 2011 University of Dayton graduate, also spoke about her journey pursuing sisterhood with the Marianists.

CJ, Rosary Partner in Walk to the Kroc

Joining with various Dayton community partners, students from CJ and Our Lady of the Rosary made a memorable “Walk to the Kroc” together during this fall’s Red Ribbon Week.

Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 23-31, 2014) is meant to educate and galvanize communities in the fight against drugs and alcohol. The week has been sponsored by the National Family Partnership nonprofit organization since 1985.

JHMV Calls Students to Serve Dayton

Approximately 120 CJ students and 18 faculty and staff members joined the community in service during Join Hands Miami Valley the weekend of October 24-25.

Join Hands Miami Valley (JHMV) is a celebration of the United Way’s “Make a Difference Day,” which is a national day of community service that annually falls on the fourth Saturday in October. This community-wide service collaboration is an opportunity for students to work together throughout their own communities.

Rwandan Genocide Survivor Shares Story

Immaculée Ilibagiza shared her inspirational life story with all students in the auditorium Thursday morning.

Immaculée is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, an atrocity which took the lives of approximately 800,000 people. Overcoming tragedy, Immaculée spent 91 days huddled silently together with seven other women in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor's house in order to avoid certain death at the hands of their fellow compatriots.

Teaching Students Servant Leadership

Five Eagles classmates attended a service leadership workshop hosted at the University of Cincinnati this September. The group joined more than 650 high school students and teachers from 72 area schools. CJ students were accompanied by teacher Sr. Nicole Trahan and Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service (pictured above).

Hear more about the day-long event from junior Emily Thie '16 as she reflects on participating for the first time this year:

VIDEO: Tour the Junior Service Fair

The office of ministry and service hosted the annual CJ Service Fair in Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gymnasium the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 18.

The Junior Service Fair is an annual in-school event that provides students with an opportunity to become involved with a local community service agency. As part of their religion curriculum, all juniors are required to complete 25 hours of community service at one location.

Not Your Typical Abstinence Talk

Guest speaker Jason Evert of the Chastity Project does not give the typical abstinence talk that your parents probably heard years ago when they were in high school, and for good reason. The scare tactics synonymous with school presentations about sex simply do not work, he admitted to students at the opening of his whole-school presentation.

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