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CJ Students Serve in Spirit of Advent Season

For senior members of FLIGHT (Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today) and Eagle softball players, serving others is just as much a part of celebrating Christmas as decorating the tree and hanging the stockings.

Both groups were spotted spreading Christmas cheer among the young and elderly members of the greater Dayton community during the first week in December. According to Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service, creating a holiday tradition of giving back helps keep students reminded of the real reason for the season.

CJ Raises Awareness Before Giving Thanks

Each year, Chaminade Julienne students, faculty and staff use the week before Thanksgiving to actively raise community awareness about the local, national and international issues of hunger and homelessness.

A combination of donation drives, service opportunities and co-curricular enrichment experiences make up CJ’s “Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week,” organized by the office of ministry and service. During the week of Nov. 12-19, all members of the school community are being encouraged to choose one way to become involved in the plight of others.

CJ Joins in Doubling JHMV Efforts

More than 155 students and 17 members of the faculty and staff pitched in during this year's area-wide community service project known as Join Hands Miami Valley (JHMV), a local celebration of National Make a Difference Day.

Members of the CJ community again joined with hundreds of volunteers from Dayton-area schools and corporations October 26-27 to do their part on one of the nation’s largest days of volunteerism. JHMV is one of five community-wide volunteer service days organized by United Way of the Greater Dayton Area's Volunteer Connection.

Reflecting on the 2012 SNDdeN Conference

Have you ever wondered what faculty and staff are up to during the late-start period between 8 and 9:37 a.m. on block Wednesdays?

Unlike students who may choose to catch up on sleep, teachers and other employees at CJ schedule different gatherings for the hour and a half before school starts. Their morning “Block Wednesday” calendar includes time for things like technology training, strategic planning meetings and bi-monthly Faith Sharing sessions.

South American Students Stay Over

Several CJ families hosted teenagers from Marianist high schools in Peru and Argentina this summer as a component of a three-week course put on by the University of Dayton's Center for International Programs.

During the weekend of July 20, host families and visiting students performed service at sites around the Dayton area, enjoyed a variety of leisure activities together, and shared dinner at a group cookout after attending Mass.

Spirit of Sr. Stang Shines Through at CJ

For the third consecutive school year, a member of the Chaminade Julienne community was recognized by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for living out the legacy of one of its own.

Guidance counselor Susan Eichenauer was named one of 10 recipients of the 2012 Spirit of Sister Dorothy Stang Award. The award is given to Catholic faculty members, parish lay ministers, and graduating high school seniors who work to advance social justice by demonstrating the values of Sr. Stang, SNDdeN, a 1949 graduate of Julienne High School.

CJ's St. Luke Grads Honor Beloved Teacher

Twenty former St. Luke students, now Eagles, attended a special Mass at their alma mater May 15 to pay homage to legendary staff member Fran Bruns, who retired this spring.

“When I received the invitation from St. Luke principal Leslie Vondrell I knew our students would be grateful for the opportunity to attend.” said Dan Meixner, CJ President.

After leaving from CJ Tuesday morning, the St. Luke grads arrived early to greet and thank Ms. Bruns, their junior high reading and language arts teacher, for all of the lessons she taught inside and outside the classroom.

Service Awards Recognize Impact for Change

For the sixth consecutive spring, Chaminade Julienne students, faculty and staff gathered together to celebrate the impact of their service and charity on the local and global community at the annual Service Awards assembly Wednesday, May 2.

“This is a day of celebration and recognition of accomplishment for change that each of us can make in our world,” said Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service. A total of 10,386 volunteer hours, over and above religion curriculum requirements, was recorded by members of the CJ community during the 2011-12 school year.


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