Little Angels Outreach Club
“Called To Serve Not To Be Served”
Since St. Bernadette School began, learning to serve others has been a part of the curriculum. The students and families have always been very generous with school wide collections of can goods, coats, and toiletries among other necessities. However, during the 2009-2010 school year members of the school community began to notice how much the students enjoyed hands on school wide service projects such as making sandwiches for the Mustard Seed Soup Kitchen or collecting food for Thanksgiving Meals. The children enjoyed service projects and wanted to go beyond what was possible during the school day. The idea of an after school outreach club was born. With the children in the driver’s seat a club name and motto was created and a yearly schedule was made. Now, each year the The Little Angels Outreach Club has been made up of over 75 students in 5th-8th grade who are “Called to Serve Not To Be Served.”
The students visit the elderly for Halloween and Christmas, donate, collect and deliver Halloween candy to area shelters, collect, organize and sort 60+ Thanksgiving meals for Senior Citizens, perform a live Nativity Play to benefit a Women’s Pregnancy Shelter, Visit local family shelters and host Christmas and birthday parties, cook and serve meals at two area soup kitchens and for families living in motels, create Valentine’s for Veteran’s, and organize a school wide Lenten Collection of canned goods and toiletries for local food pantries. During these activities as they spread the joy of Christ through the eyes of a child, they learn how to put into action the faith they are learning in the classroom.