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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Caroling members of FLIGHT (Faith Leaders in God's Hands Today) wished residents at the Sanctuary at Wilmington Place a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The upperclassmen spent an hour singing holiday favorites (video) at the assisted living facility located  2.5 miles southeast of school. Students volunteered during the late-start time (8 to 9:37 a.m.) one block Wednesday morning before Christmas break.

Family Hosts Christmas Shoebox Party

Christmas is a time for giving gifts to loved ones, but for one Chaminade Julienne family, the giving begins in November and benefits children around the world.

Each November, Clara Mussin Phillips and Noah Mussin Phillips (pictured right), both members of the class of 2017, along with their parents, Mark Phillips and Liz Mussin, host their annual, Operation Christmas Child "Shoebox Party.” They gather friends for a meal and ask guests to bring two things: a toy and a shoebox.

Advent & Christmas Happenings at CJ

Advent wreaths adorn classrooms, offices and even the windows of the Ludlow Street entrance outside the Welcome Center as an outward sign of hope, peace, joy and love.

These signs are ever-present; not just within the hallways, but also in the hearts and actions of those at CJ. And in the days ahead, a myriad of events and activities will help reflect the light of this sentiment on all who partake.

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.


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