“To stretch [the children’s] intellects, to make them classicists, to form budding scientists and mathematicians, to give them academic excellence will have no worth unless they are also integrated, committed, respecting, loving, and caring individuals.”
Margaret Stephenson (Montessori teacher trainer), Cosmic Education
“I would like to thank you for organizing the community service projects for The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori. Having your students volunteer at our organization has been a blessing. I have heard over and over again from staff and volunteers that the students who have come have been very polite, courteous, and helpful. Again, thank you.”
Jessica A. Wabler, Executive Director, Madisonville Education and Assistance Center
Values in Action
Gospel values are put into action through service, in a wide variety of venues. At The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori, our students participate in a variety of age-appropriate service-learning activities. Some activities have become annual traditions:
- Christmas caroling: Each year, 50-60 students of all ages, along with parents, spread the Joy of Christ’s coming by caroling in our Madison Place neighborhood.
- Easter flowers: Each year, all of our classes, from preschool through eighth grade, deliver potted flowers to residents of our neighborhood as an Easter greeting.
- Hands Together: GSCM actively supports Hands Together in serving the poorest of the poor in Haiti. Led by Father Tom Hagan, Hands Together provides education and free hot meals to children in an area of Port-au-Prince called Cite Soleil which is built on a garbage dump. Hands Together has so far succeeded in providing Cite Soleil with 8 campuses (including a high school), an elderly outreach program, a free clinic and hope for the future. We will be raising money to help improve school classrooms and add learning materials like maps and charts and basic hand outs. The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori is excited to help this amazing organization continue their charitable work of responding to the needs of the less fortunate. If you’d like to know more about this organization and its important work, go to www.handstogether.org.
Age-appropriateness is key to service learning.
Clearly, a 5-year old will experience service in a totally different way than a 14-year old. For this reason, the core of our service learning is activities that grow out of each classroom and age level.
For an account of an upper elementary service outing to the Rose Garden Mission, a pro-life ministry to young mothers and the poor residents in Covington that is run by the Franciscan Daughters of Mary, click here.