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Capstone Focuses on Literacy

Statistically, many underprivileged children in the U.S. grow up without an emphasis on the importance of reading or with any books of their own. As a consequence, children brought up in lower income families are often at a disadvantage later in life when it comes to literacy. Seniors Danielle Ames, Haleigh Shaw, Erin Staley and Rachel Stayer are using their Senior Capstone project to contribute a creative solution to this nation-wide problem.

Donation Drive For Goodwill

Calling all spring cleaners! Creative CJ seniors are partnering with Goodwill to create an exciting donation drive this April.

After last year’s successful e-cycling drive, seniors Connor Bramlage, John Mescher, Anthony Genovesi, and Zakery Shrewsbury have decided to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors. This group of dedicated young men has decided to use their Senior Capstone project as an opportunity to gather donations from the community and educate others about Goodwill and the donation drive process.

Students Serve in Cincinnati

They could have been hanging out with friends or staying at home going to sleep in their own beds. But instead, 11 students recently chose to immerse themselves with the homeless and help those in need.

This year's annual Urban Plunge retreat focused on serving the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Cincinnati. Students stayed at the facility, helped and prepared meals, and got a better understanding of urban poverty.

Historical Marker Announcement

"She lived what she believed."

And Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN lived a life loving all God's people and helping others. Which is why the CJ community is pleased to have the approval of a State of Ohio Historical Marker in her honor.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Sr. Dorothy's martyrdom. On February 12, 2005, Sr. Dorothy was shot six times in Brazil. She had been there for several years working for the future of the Amazon rainforest, fighting for farmers' rights and the poor.

Making A Difference For Students

For many high school students it’s hard to imagine how different life is in another country, let alone how difficult life is for young adults in some countries. This year, two groups of CJ students have made it their mission to raise awareness about the issues facing teenagers in impoverished areas of Africa.

Two separate groups of seniors at CJ are working on similar Senior Capstone projects that aim to make a difference in the lives of African teenagers in Kenya and Uganda.

Senior Capstone: Body Image

In today’s world, only 11% of girls world-wide feel comfortable using the word “beautiful” to describe themselves. To combat this lack of positive body image, four courageous CJ seniors are using their Senior Capstone project to inspire freshmen girls to be confident in their own beauty.

Seniors Taylor Banks, Gretchen Theil, Kayla Lamantia, and Sarah Downing chose this topic because it is close to their hearts.

“It’s an issue that’s near and dear to us,” said Banks. “We’ve all had issues with body confidence."

Sister Dorothy Lives!

Today, the entire CJ community gathered in prayer and reflection on the 10th anniversary of Sr. Dorothy Stang's, SNDdeN '49 martydom. Hymns, readings and general intercessions were based on the beatitudes, hallmarks of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and the example of Sr. Dorothy. We are reminded that we are called to serve, come together in community, and act on behalf of justice and peace in our world.

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