The students and families at St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School are involved in numerous service activities throughout the school year. To enrich our school, there are many opportunities for students to grow in the virtue of charity by sharing their time, talents, and treasures with others through these service projects.
Baby Shower — Kindergarten students will collect baby items for Birthright and work with 7th grade students to make gift bags for expectant mothers
LifeCare of Gwinnett — First grade students will visit the nursing home monthly for games and refreshments
Family Promise Breakfast Bags — Second grade students will donate breakfast items and organize “to go” bags for the clients served by Family Promise
Grey Nuns and Adopt a Soldier — Third grade students will create cards, seasonal crafts, and gifts for the elderly Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart and for a SJN parishioner and Eagle Scout in the service
Amigos for Christ — Fourth grade students will collect and make puzzles for Amigos for Christ and work to help their modern bathroom project in Nicaragua
Seminarian Project — Fifth grade students will pray for and send notes of encouragement to seminarians in the Archdiocese of Atlanta
Help the Homeless — Sixth grade students will collect travel sized toiletries and organize them into gift bags for the homeless served by Clyde’s Kitchen
Birthright Project — Seventh grade students will create gift bags for expectant mothers using items collected by kindergarten students and make baby blankets for Birthright at their retreat
Clyde’s Kitchen — Eighth grade students will collect fruit monthly and visit the Atlanta soup kitchen to distribute the fruit and help to prepare and serve lunch
• Amigos for Christ – Several collections throughout the school year benefit Amigos for Christ – a non-profit organization to help the poor and disadvantaged people in Nicaragua. Families may donate used uniforms at any time. At the end of the school year, gently-used school supplies are also collected. These items are collected by the local chapter at Prince of Peace Catholic Church and sent to Nicaragua on scheduled mission trips.
• Breakfast with Santa – Students in seventh and eighth grade become Santa’s elves as they assist at the annual Breakfast with Santa on a Saturday in December. Volunteers serve breakfast, help with the Cake Walk and Bake Sale, and assist at Santa’s Secret Gift Shop, and pictures with Santa. In addition to being a great help to the Home and School Association, students have a lot of fun at this event.
• Candy Grams – Each year before Valentine’s Day, the SJNRCS Student Council sells, sorts, and delivers Candy Grams to students in grades four through eight. Candy Grams are sold during student lunch periods and delivered on Valentine’s Day to the students. Kindergarten to third grade students sharpen their estimation skills by guessing the number of candy pieces in a container. The closest estimation wins the candy. Proceeds from this project are donated to a selected non-profit organization.
• Catholic Schools Week – During Catholic Schools Week, St. John Neumann students and their families donate to a variety of projects. A used book sale is held from books donated by families. Bags of freshly popped popcorn are sold each day at lunch time. The money collected from these projects is donated to a selected non-profit organization.
• Clyde’s Soup Kitchen – Since 1994, on one Tuesday each month, students are asked to bring fresh fruit to school. The fruit is collected by a handful of eighth grade students who deliver it to Clyde’s Kitchen, part of the Crossroads Community Ministry at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. These students also help prepare and serve lunch to the homeless at the Atlanta shelter. Eighth grade parents volunteer at the beginning of each school year to accompany students to the soup kitchen in Atlanta.
• Eighth Grade Assistants – Students in eighth grade volunteer for various service assignments throughout the school year. Each morning and afternoon, two students respectfully raise and lower the flag at the school entrance. Holy water fonts in the middle school hallway are also refilled each week by other eighth grade students.
During Thanksgiving and Christmas, eighth grade students help coordinate the collection of food from the classrooms for delivery by parents. These assistants are a blessing to the school.
Facility assistants help the maintenance supervisor with cafeteria set-up when needed during the school day.
• LifeCare of Gwinnett Nursing Home – During the 1993-94 school year, the students in first grade began visiting the residents of LifeCare of Gwinnett Nursing Home in Lilburn. Their parents commit to drive the students and to bake cookies for the monthly visits at the beginning of each school year. During their visits, the first graders play B-I-N-G-O and sing songs with the residents. Although the first visit can be a little intimidating, the children quickly warm up and look forward to their trips, and the residents enjoy spending time with the children. The last visit of each school year ends with an “Ice Cream Social…B-I-N-G-O Bash.” Influenced by these trips, some of the children continue to visit the residents with their own families after the school year has ended.
• Math-A-Thon – Each spring, students sign-up to take part in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-A-Thon. This program has successfully helped students improve their math skills and raise millions of dollars in the fight against childhood cancer and life-threatening diseases. To participate, students ask family and friends for pledges to solve math problems. The funds raised by the students benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN.
• Ronald McDonald House – Pop tabs from soda cans are collected by students to be donated to the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House. Collecting these pop tabs is a great way to teach students about philanthropy and the importance of recycling and raise funds to help children and their families at the same time. The charity collects the pop tabs because they are made from high-quality aluminum and are easier to store than whole cans.
• St. John Neumann Church – Students from the SJNRCS Altar Server Society assist at the daily mass at St. John Neumann Church. Eighth grade students also help with various service projects throughout the school year – preparing paper bags for the Thanksgiving Food Drive, splitting palms for Palm Sunday, and replacing monthly missals.
• St. Vincent de Paul – Collections for the SJN St. Vincent de Paul Society are held several times during the school year. At Thanksgiving and Christmas, families are adopted by each grade level. Food and household items for these specific families are collected and delivered by parents. At Christmas, donations are also collected to present the adopted families with Walmart gift cards. When the local SVdP pantry needs food, students are asked to bring in canned items to replenish the food pantry’s shelves.
The St. John Neumann School Community is called to love and care for one another as Christ loves and cares for us. Parents, faculty and staff support each other in these different ways during times of need.
• Care Team – The SJNRCS Care Team wants to ensure that the members of our community know that they are cared for in the event that their family faces a crisis. The Care Team was established to better serve and support our students, their families, and the faculty and staff. The role of the Care Team is to identify, assess, and co-ordinate support for students facing a crisis.
A crisis is defined as an event in a student’s life, either a single catastrophic occurrence or a series of successive events that place the student and his or her family in a vulnerable state and would prevent the student from being successful, safe, and happy at SJNRCS. All support is designed on an individual basis and could include: meals; help in coordinating transportation; academic assistance; clothing or uniforms; other needs as determined by the particular situation. In the event of a catastrophic occurrence, contact the Care Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Meal Train Ministry – The Meal Train Ministry encourages fellowship and community within our school by providing prepared meals for St. John Neumann School families recovering from surgery, enduring illness, or facing a similar circumstance. This service is available to all teachers, staff members, and student families. MealTrain.com helps shepherd this service by enabling easy sign-up on a live calendar viewable to all, but managed by the administrator and the meal recipient.
Families who could use some assistance with meals are published in The Crusader Chronicle with a link to a calendar. Parents are asked to sign-up to provide a meal to show their love and support of the family. For more information about the Meal Train Ministry, please contact the school office.
• Parent Prayer Group – Special prayer intentions are collected in every homeroom and placed in a basket on the altar at the school-wide Mass each week. Intentions may also be sent to the SJN School office. The Parent Prayer Group meets monthly to pray five decades of the rosary for these special intentions of our students, families, faculty and staff. All parents are invited to join the Parent Prayer Group. Meeting dates and times are posted on the website calendar.