“Not all of us can do great things, but we all can do small things with great love”
~ Mother Teresa
Eighth Grade students at Lakewood Catholic Academy are the second cohort to participate in the International Baccalaureate Community Project. The IB Community Project aims to integrate student interest and talent with the needs of the world. The project challenges students to engage in sustained, self-directed inquiry, demonstrate skills required to complete an extended service project, communicate effectively in a variety of contexts, take significant action, and appreciate and reflect upon the process.
We began this process in the fall, challenging students to identify a need in the local or global community for which they felt a passion. Many students chose to perform direct service, for example, tutoring refugees or helping children with special needs. Others chose to research an issue and then act as advocates for a vulnerable population. Still others chose to serve indirectly, using their talents to raise money or collect resources.
One of the common elements of the projects was to reflect upon the seven pillars of Catholic Social Teaching. Students identified which pillar was reflected in their own project. Group discussions reinforced our call and responsibility as Catholics to make time to work for justice.
As our students to prepare to leave us, we are confident that they will continue to use their gifts to make a difference in the world.
~Eileen McGuire, Dean of the International Baccalaureate Program