St. Michael’s in the Community
Each year, the St. Michael’s community gets involved with various organizations in Rhode Island and around the globe. The students might raise money or food for these organizations. They host bake sales, dress down days, and even book sales to help the community. The concept of community service begins as early as the preschool. By lower school, students have started to work regularly with organizations such as the Martin Luther King Center, Lucy’s Hearth, St. Jude’s Hospital Math-A-Thon, Heiffer Project, and the Potter League.
Many community service initiatives begin with the Student Leadership Board (SLB). This organization made up of sixth through eighth grade volunteers, and headed by two faculty members, coordinates many of our school-wide community service efforts. At Thanksgiving and the holiday season, the students organize food and clothing drives as well as a collection for Christmas presents for the Martin Luther King Center and Ronald McDonald House. The SLB has held a trick-or-treat drive for UNICEF, raised money for a plaque at the new Potter League Animal Shelter, and sent books to Africa.
8th Grade Community Service Program
Before our students graduate from St. Michael’s, we feel that it is important that they first give back to the community that helped to get them this far in life. As a requirement, each eighth grader completes 20 hours of community service before June. This ranges from participating in walk-a-thons, to serving meals at soup kitchens, to working with younger students at the Martin Luther King Center.