Eight students spent what they described as a life-changing week with more than 60 people from around the world as part of the Marianist LIFE Week at Mount Saint John.
“I gained a lot from my time at LIFE week, although most of which is very difficult or impossible to put into words,” said Andrew Buchanan ‘18. “I met a ton of new people who I became very close with and I am grateful to call them my family. I grew closer to God than ever before and grew closer to the other CJ kids who went with me.”
Incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors recently spent five days in Solsberry, Indiana to serve those in the community and to learn more about themselves as part of a mission trip at Solsberry Hill.
"I attended the same trip last year so I knew what to expect, but I also knew there were parts of myself that I hadn't discovered quite yet," shared Brianna Gavin '17. "I knew those parts of myself may be used to make improvements within the community to make it a better place."
The itinerary for the pilgrimage to Lourdes may not have gone exactly to plan, but organizers and students on the trip said their experience created life-long memories.
Students from schools including CJ, Alter, Carroll, Centerville, Fairborn, and Tipp City, college students and adults attended the pilgrimage to Lourdes, organized by the group 4Mary Inc., from June 4-13, 2016.
Thirteen students and three adults made the nearly 3,000 mile journey to Belize to serve at St. Jude Elementary School. During the mission trip, the group was asked to paint a bathroom building and a structure for hand washing at the school.
A Class of 2017 Senior Capstone Group is looking to put more animals in forever homes with their event, Paddle for Pups, on Thursday, June 16.
"My dad owns Adventures on the Great Miami and last summer, we started doing Doggie Paddle Days where people brought their dogs to go canoeing," Kayte Jackson '17 explained. "I talked to the Humane Society and they said this would be a great way to hold a fundraising and adoption event."
In January, CJ students and students from the Dayton Regional STEM School began working on an art project with high school refugee students connected with the Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley's Refugee Resettlement program. The art projects will now be on display during the art exhibition: HOME at the Dayton International Peace Museum.
Students who went above and beyond the expectation of service during the 2015-2016 school year were recognized during the 10th annual Service Awards on Wednesday, May 4.
"CJ is unique in having an assembly to just honor service," said Kelli Kinnear, Director of Ministry & Service. "Every school has academic and athletic ceremonies, but it's also important for us to award students who are doing amazing things in the community."
The Dayton Dragons weren't the only winners at the ballpark on Sunday, April 17. The Senior Capstone group of Matt Allaire, Will Huffman, Connor Jordan, Tommy Krug and Matt Weckesser helped more than 40 kids feel like winners after the group took the children to Fifth Third Field.
More than 80% of the world’s forests have been destroyed and only 10% of original forests in the United States still remains. Those facts, discovered by the Senior Capstone Group of John Craighead, Morgan Rogers, Tim Menker and Thomas Wilimitis, ignited the students' goal to spread awareness about deforestation.
"We saw trees being cut down and I'm distantly related to Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN '49, so that made sense why I felt like something needed to be done," said Menker.