Community Service

At St. Gabriel Catholic School, we recognize the value and dignity of all people and acknowledge our responsibility to be good stewards of the gifts God has given us. Through participation in community service projects throughout the year, our students learn about the needs of others in our community and discover that even at a young age, they can follow the teachings of Jesus and help those in need. Some of our many community service projects include:

Thanksgiving Thursdays
Every second Thursday of the month, students are invited to bring to school a donation of canned food, dried foods, diapers, or toilet paper. These items are then provided to local families in need through Catholic Social Services. Through this act, students have an opportunity to help others just as Jesus did.

Catherine's House
Throughout the year, our school supports Catherine's House, a local ministry sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy that provides transitional housing for women and children who are homeless. Community service projects include:

During Christmas, each classroom sponsors a resident at Catherine's House and contributes items on their Christmas wish list. Presents are wrapped and delivered to Catherine's House two weeks before Christmas.

In the spring, we collect "birthday bags" (each with a box cake, frosting, candles, and balloons) to be used at Catherine’s house throughout the year.

Throughout the summer, students organize lemonade stands in their neighborhoods with all of the proceeds used to purchase school supplies and clothes for children at Catherine's House.

Crop Walk
During October, our school supports Charlotte’s CROP Walk by raising funds and holding our own "CROP-Walk Mini" on our school track. This project helps our students learn about how real, widespread, and devastating hunger can be – and that even at a young age, they can do something to help feed the hungry in our city and around the world.

Monthly Dress Down Days for Charity
Once a month, students may wear regular (non-uniform) clothes to school. On each of these days, a charity is recognized and students are invited to bring in a small donation to support this charity (e.g., canned food or $1)

Recycling Program
Our school-wide recycling program helps our students be good stewards of the beautiful earth God created. Students learn proper recycling methods and help take recycled paper and plastic from their classrooms to a central location in the school. Special recycling drives have included a used crayon drive (to donate good quality crayons to underprivileged children) and a “Caps Campaign” – a friendly classroom competition to collect and properly recycle plastic caps.

Jump Rope for Heart
By participating in the American Heart Associations’ annual “Jump Rope for Heart” program, our students learn about the importance of staying healthy and ways to take care of their own heart. They also learn about children who have special hearts and have an opportunity to collect donations that will help these children.

4th Grade Nursing Home Grandbuddy Program
Our fourth grade students have the privilege of working closely with the residents of a local nursing home as they learn to live out the beatitudes and put our faith into action. The students learn to interact, interview and form relationships with their "grandbuddies". Students make birthday and holiday cards, tray favors, and room decorations and present musical programs. Each student also participates in interviewing an individual resident and then compiling a biography of that person's life. These books are presented to the residents at the end of the school year.

4th Grade Grandbuddy