Each year since 2007, the Chaminade Julienne community has uniquely taken time to recognize its own for their volunteerism at the annual Service Awards Assembly. The office of ministry and service hosted the celebration again this year on May 7.
“This morning’s celebration is an example of being centered in our mission to honor those students who hear and answer their call to be people of ‘compassion, integrity and service,’” said Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service, in her opening address.
The ceremony included prayer, special video presentations, a welcome to “Little Sibs” from Ruskin Elementary and Immaculate Conception (pictured above), a blessing for summer mission trip participants, and individual and group recognition of servant leadership.
Take a look at the eighth annual CJ Service Awards by the numbers:
Number of service hours completed by the CJ community during the 2013-14 school year beyond what is required of students through religion curriculum. The total represents a contribution of $220,810 to the local, national and world economy according to the Independent Sector’s valuation of an hour of service.
Number of service hours completed by senior Jordan Stemple over her four years at CJ, a record for the Class of 2014.
Community Service Homeroom Representatives. These sophomores, juniors and seniors are responsible for regularly communicating service news and information to their peers.
Senior Capstone projects. Members of the Class of 2014 are the first to participate in the cross-curricular service learning program as part of graduation requirements.
Number of years the Little Sibs Program has been in place at CJ. Twenty-six “Littles” in grades K-2 at Ruskin Elementary and Immaculate Conception were introduced on stage with their “Bigs” from CJ. The pals enjoyed a picnic lunch together in the courtyard following the assembly.
Number of years CJ has offered summer mission trips. The students, faculty and staff attending this year’s retreats to Solsberry, Ind. and St. Louis were given a special blessing and a cross on stage.
Senior members of F.L.I.G.H.T. ‘14. Throughout the year, students selected to participate in this non-credit service leadership class help plan and organize activities including liturgies, retreats, service projects, donation drives and more.
Recipients of the Red Cord Honor Certificate of Achievement. These students donated blood at the CJ Blood Drive three of their four years of high school.
Leaders of CJ’s Marianist L.I.F.E. (Living in Faith Experience) group. This faith-formation group participates in an annual summer retreat at the Bergamo Retreat Center in preparation for the school year. This year’s group organized the Hunger Banquet in November.
Levels of awards for meeting yearly service milestones. Sixty students received the Bronze Award (25-49 volunteer hours), 37 received the Silver Award (50-99 volunteer hours), and 21 received the Gold Award (100 or more volunteer hours).
Awards of distinction. This year’s recipient of the Sr. Ruth Ann Bange Service Award is junior Sarah Downing. Receiving the George Early Scholarship is sophomore Clare Wade.
Individuals honored with special awards. Senior Kyle Shoup was recognized as a recipient of the Dayton LaSertoma Youth Service Award, and teacher Judi MacLeod was bestowed the first ever Faculty/Staff Founders Award. The award honors an adult member of the CJ community who best represents the spirit of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and Saint Julie Billiart.