Scraping candle wax from church floors, serving food at a local soup kitchen, and sorting clothes for the less fortunate --- these are just a few of the jobs that the Grade 11 students at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) took up during the annual Grade 11 Service Day.
“The Grade 11 Service Day is a sample of who we are at St. Michael's College School,” says Andrew Kiel ’09, Coordinator of Spiritual Life at SMCS. “Our students enjoy this day, as it allows them to give back to the greater community.”
As part of the enriched Catholic, Liberal Arts education offered at SMCS, students must participate in Service Day as well as complete an additional 20 hours of Christian service in Grade 12 on top of the 40 hours of community involvement as required by the Ministry of Education in order to receive their high school diploma.
“For many of our boys, this is just another day in how much they give back to the community already,” says Kiel. “Many collect well beyond what is required of them, and they incorporate God's work in their daily lives.”
This year, 190 students and 11 faculty and staff members participated in Service Day. They visited two Catholic elementary schools, one university, four churches, one soup kitchen, as well as distributed food through our Sandwich Patrol and clothing through Canadian Food For Children.
“We helped load a 40-foot shipping container destined to El Salvador, as well as sorted clothing, packaged soap in containers, cleaned, and prepared the rear of the warehouse for a Thanksgiving mass to be held on [October 11],” says Dr. Robert Fantilli ’94, a teacher at SMCS. “We ended the day by laying hands on donated goods and praying over them as a commissioning and blessing. We received many compliments from those at the warehouse telling us our boys were fantastic.”
“We are extremely grateful to all charities and venues for accommodating us, as it was a rewarding experience for our students to see the impact a few hours could make,” adds Kiel. “We hope that our students will continue similar service for years to come!”
'Do to others as you would have them do to you.' (Luke 6:31).’