On Thursday, March 30, members of the Class of 2017 will present the findings of their Senior Capstone Project during the Sr. Stang Symposium. The students explored social justice topics and implemented projects to better the Dayton community and beyond.
On March 3, 4, and 5, 12 sophomores and juniors traveled to Cincinnati as part of the Urban Plunge learning experience.
“Going into Urban Plunge, I was hoping just to help others and give my time to those less fortunate than me,” Megan Piatt ‘19 shared.
“I was hoping to just gain more knowledge about poverty,” added Katie Bardine ‘19. “I have never come face to face with it, and I knew that going on this retreat I would be. I really was looking forward to learning about different ways to serve those experiencing homelessness.”
Teen boys from the Boys & Girls Club of Dayton, along with officers from the Dayton Police Department, spent an afternoon on the basketball court building up community and discussing the dangers of gun violence.
Seniors Jaime Cambron, Jacob Johns, and Jimmy Wittman brought the groups together for a basketball tournament with a purpose on Saturday, February 18 for their Senior Capstone Project.
On Valentine's Day, a Senior Capstone Group offered a fair trade to students - write a note thanking a Fair Trade cocoa farmer and receive a piece of chocolate produced by Fair Trade farmers.
The Senior Capstone Group of Erin Colbert, Danielle Ostendorf, Nate Reuter, and Maia Wagner had heard about Fair Trade prior to their senior year as CJ has been a Fair Trade school since 2014.
"I always knew what the concept of Fair Trade through previous Senior Capstone Projects on Fair Trade and through my dad who sells Fair Trade coffee at my Parish," said Reuter.
Four members of the Class of 2017, who have a passion for sports, are influencing younger students through their Senior Capstone Project. Michael Fugate, Mike Poteet, Evan Rhea and P’Hariz Watkins are mentoring younger boys while engaging them through athletic activities such as basketball.
In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, more than 70 blankets will be delivered to kids and adults at St. Vincent de Paul thanks to a student-led effort by a Senior Capstone group.
Seniors Lauren Cartone, Marcie Meyers, Kelly Pleiman and Megan Stefan organized a blanket-making project after school on Wednesday, February 1.
One day before the 12th anniversary of her martyrdom, Sr. Dorothy Stang ‘49, SNDdeN, will be honored and remembered through the national touring opera, Angel of the Amazon.
With a blessing from members of the Chaminade Julienne and Carroll High School communities during a Mass in the CJ Chapel, students, faculty and staff from each school embarked to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life on Thursday, January 26.
“I have always wanted to go on the March for Life trip but never had the opportunity,” said Nate Reuter ‘17. “Fortunately, I got to go last year, however we didn't get to march due to the inclement weather so this year was the first time that I actually marched.”
Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service describes the foundation of Catholic schools. It also serves as the theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week from Sunday, January 29 through Saturday, February 4.
"We are blessed to be part of community that has strong academics, commitment to faith and service, and this week is an opportunity to celebrate those blessings," said Director of Ministry & Service Kelli Kinnear.
At CJ, the school is celebrating Catholic Schools Week in several ways throughout the week:
Throughout the week of January 17, the Senior Capstone Group of Kayla Chumack, Brianna Gavin, Caroline Nevius, Hannah Schwager and Lydia Stamper held a Mental Health/Depression Awareness Week at CJ.
“There are so many teens who feel they are all alone with their mental illness and I wanted to show them that they are not alone,” shared Gavin.
Chumack agreed, “I don't want anyone to feel alone and I want them to know even the small things count, even the small wins are something we should appreciate.”
Each day throughout the week had its own theme: