Students Donate Over 1,500 Food Items to St. Patrick's Parish
West Roxbury, Mass.— Catholic Memorial School students donated over 1,500 non-perishable items to St. Patrick’s Parish in Roxbury after the school celebrated its Campus Ministry Knight Day and athletic pep-rally on Tuesday morning.
Together, CM middle school students and freshman collected over 1,000 cans of vegetables, cranberry sauce, and canned gravy. Students in Grades 10-12 added over 500 boxes of dessert, stuffing mixes, and boxed potatoes.
“Today, we’re donating hundreds of goods to better serve those in need,” said CM President Dr. Peter Folan.
“The amount of hard work and time that our students took to accomplish this is simply incredible.”
Over the course of November, the school’s Campus Ministry Department tasked all six grade levels with bringing in a different kind of non-perishable food item for its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. The food drive culminated on Tuesday during the Campus Ministry Knight Day, one of four Knight Days offered at CM throughout the school’s academic year.
Each Knight Day highlights a different component of CM: academics, arts, athletics, and service. Over the course of the day, students take a break from their regular routine and engage in collaborative workshops. These workshops focus on interdisciplinary topics or problems that apply to the real-world.
During the Campus Ministry Knight Day, students work together to address problems related to advocacy, stewardship, and service. This year, students participated in work-shops on mindfulness, meditation, masculinity, and emotional wellness. Several members of the faculty presented personal testimonies related to these topics. The talks and work-shops reinforced the importance for a healthy lifestyle and emphasized the impact of food donations on families during the week of Thanksgiving.
Before the day ended, the school paused for a brief pep rally in honor of CM’s fall sports teams.
“This school is all heart and soul,” said Athletic Director Mr. Craig Najarian.
“It really is. We’re doing some amazing things here. This is a special place, this is a unique place.”
At the end of the rally, Dr. Folan addressed the student body. He thanked the students for their outstanding contribution to the food drive and announced that an anonymous donation of turkeys had been made to their food drive.
Numerous students and faculty members stayed after dismissal to assist in packaging their non-perishable food items. A truck from St. Patrick's arrived afterwards to collect the donations.
Catholic Memorial, the Christian Brothers School of Boston, prepares boys for college, manhood and a world full of unknown challenges, ambiguity and complex problems and the importance of relationships.