“…for it is in giving that we receive…”
From the prayer of St. Francis
Community Service is an integral part of the curriculum, involving every student at Saint Hilary School. Among the many service opportunities, students meet with homebound seniors, participate in food drives at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and support local families during the holidays through the Giving Tree. We also have specific grade level service projects. We also have specific grade level service projects where each grade has a designated month to host a community outreach effort. As an example, Kindergarten collected used and broken crayons to be melted into new crayons for donation to schools in economically challenged locations. Our first grade collected sports equipment and our 8th grade collected winter coats for Play Marin. Due to COVID, we revamped many of our grade level projects but hope that they will return
We also have specific grade level school service projects . As an example, Kindergarten is in charge of the small yard clean up, Grades 1 and 5 maintain Biasotti Garden, Grades 2 and 6 help host the monthly Senior Lunch. Grade 3 monitors the school’s Lost and Found by periodically dispersing items back to their owners and keeping the bin tidy, Grade 4 has an important job as the school’s Safety Patrol, and Grade 7 helps daily with the hot lunch distribution. Grade 8 students are involved in multiple service projects throughout the school, and are able to fulfill their Junior High service hour requirement through various parish, school and community initiatives.
Service Hours Program
The Saint Hilary School Service Hours Program is a mandatory program for all junior high students. Our Service Hours Program is designed to help our community and those in need. At Saint Hilary School, we define service hours as outreach to those who are less fortunate than us. We live in the image and likeness of God.
Our Goals include:
- Strengthen and enrich our faith
- Create and engage faith formation
- To reach out to community
- To nurture a positive culture of stewardship.
Hourly Requirements per Grade:
- 6th Graders: 10 hours
- 7th Graders; 20 hours
- 8th Graders; 20 hours
Get Some, Give Some (GSGS)
Students are encouraged to participate in the Give Some Get Some (GSGS) spiritual service club, planning activities that contribute to the betterment of the school and the greater community. Led by three teacher moderators, this group is helping others on both the international and local levels: sending clothing to families in Cambodia, pencils/books to children in Africa, money through Mercy Beyond Borders to young girls who are now able to attend school in South Sudan, books/school supplies to students in Central America through the Fabretto Foundation in Nicaragua and to students in a small town in the high sierras of Peru. Locally, our students tutor underserved children in the Canal district of San Rafael, sing in nursing homes, host soup suppers, and serve dinner to and collect supplies for homeless in Marin County. They help with the monthly Parish Senior Luncheon and make cards/prayer baskets for those in need.