Savio Steps off Campus to Serve the Community to Celebrate Imago Christi Day
On Thursday, February 2, 2017 St. Dominic Savio students stepped out of their comfort zone at school and visited many organizations / service sites in the Georgetown, Round Rock and the greater Austin areas. The students served in designated groups of 15 to 30 students in mixed grade levels as they served the community.
The tasks that the students were asked to complete varied based on the location. Some organizations asked the students to complete service projects like painting a fence or clean a space outside. While others were asked to spend time with children or the elderly as they painted together or played games.
Each location asked the students to help in different ways exposing the students to different experiences and needs in our communities.
Some of the locations that the students served were Age of Central TX Adults in Round Rock, Williamson County Animal Shelter, Capital Area Food Bank, Brookdale Retirement home, Round Rock Serving Center, Casa Marianella, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald, the Annunciation Maternity Home and many more.
Each group visited one location from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The total number of service hours for student, faculty and staff that participated, amounted to over 1,130+ hours!
After the day of service, the Savio students arrived back at the school to reflect on their experiences from the day. Many shared their testimonies about their experience:
“feeling closer to God”
“coming out of our comfort zones”
“realizing our impact in one day”
“using our individual gifts to help someone in need”
Together, the students, faculty and staff truly felt like they made a difference in one day and were humbled to truly practice the vision statement of our school,
“forming servant leaders in the image of Christ.”
The feedback St. Dominic Savio received for their participation at these locations was positive, all the businesses were thankful for the extra help:
“Thank you and the awesome Savio students for your amazing work today! It was such a blessing to have you all join us. The students did such wonderful work with the crafts and especially with spending time with the children!”
- Nursery/Childcare Coordinator at St. William Catholic Church
One parent wrote in to express their gratitude on behalf of their family for the Imago Christi Day experience.
“Thank you for everything that each of you (and the rest of the faculty) did in preparing, organizing and executing this service experience for our students. Please pass along our sincere gratitude to the faculty and staff and to all the parents who were able to assist.”
-St. Dominic Savio Parent
Thank you to everyone that participated in this service opportunity to help the needs of our community.