From January 31 - February 6, 2016, Catholic schools across the nation are celebrating Catholic Schools Week. This annual event honors the value of a Catholic education and is observed with activities for students, families and the community. The theme for this year's Catholic Schools Week is, "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service."
5-2-1-0 more than a math problem. It's the name of a campaign to help stop childhood obesity and the focus behind a Senior Capstone Project.
Seniors Carlos Estrada-Sanchez, Anna Miller, Colin Monroe and Natalie Murray said, "Moving into college we understand that it will be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We wanted to get into the habit now so that we can avoid that dreaded freshman 15. Research on 5-2-1-0 really helped teach us about our upcoming lifestyle choices."
More than 30 students, parents and faculty left on Wednesday, January 20 to participate in the 43rd National March for Life in Washington, D.C.
"It was important for me to take this trip because I wanted to show what I believe through my actions," shared Mo Zopff '16. "I believe by taking these steps to go on this trip, I may be motivating others to do the same."
It was a dream more than 10 years ago by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN) to bring solar panels to Africa to create electricity, provide internet communication and access to clean water. That dream has since become a reality in several parts of the continent, and now, the Sisters are training to become experts in how to repair solar panels used overseas. Two senior capstone groups are hoping they can assist the Sisters with their goal as part of their senior capstone projects.
The cutting of scissors could be heard as dozens of students divided material to make blankets after school earlier this month. The blankets weren't going home with the CJ students, they were being made for students in preschool and kindergarten classes at Ethel M. Taylor Academy in Cincinnati.
The project was initiated by Brooke Cartone, Ellie Cronin, Manisha Kullar, Allison Huffman, and Lauren Peltier's Senior Capstone group.
This Christmas season, four crèches from around the world were placed in the offices of Marianist Hall and in the chapel. The crèches are on loan from the Marianist Library at the University of Dayton.
On Thursday, December 3, the Chaminade Julienne school community, along with representatives from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, gathered to commemorate and celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Sisters’ arrival in the U.S. The celebration also served as the unveiling of the Sr. Dorothy Stang '49, SNDdeN Ohio Historical Marker.
"The marker will be a great addition to the city and community," said Sr. Judi Clemens '58, SNDdeN.
Dozens of balloons, popping in succession, could be heard from the Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gym recently. Inside each busted balloon was a positive message for the sophomore girl who did the popping. This activity was done through a Senior Capstone group, with the focus on growing female relationships within CJ.
It's a competition, where everyone, especially those in need, win.
The CJ Hunger Games II: The Fight To End Hunger and Homelessness, will be held Monday, November 16 through Monday, November 23. This year, the week has a theme modeled off "The Hunger Games" movie franchise.
"It's been a couple years since we did a 'Hunger Games' theme," said Jenna Mathile '16. "People had a lot of fun and it got them excited about the week."
The week also correlates with Pope Francis' call to end hunger by 2025.
For two days, CJ students will be “joining hands” with others in the Dayton area, volunteering at service sites.
Join Hands Miami Valley is the area celebration of National Make a Difference Day, which is held near the end of October each year. This year's Join Hands Miami Valley is taking place October 23 and October 24.