First-Ever House Service Learning Day

Our House System students recently enjoyed a first-ever Service Learning Day.

Middle-school students are divided into “houses” or teams at St. Benedict Prep that challenge students in faith formation, athletics, academics and team building.

The House System is modeled after the British House System, and has a unique Catholic school education approach. Our students are brought together in Houses dedicated to some of the many beloved saints of the Benedictine Order. Highlights of the day:

  • Students rotated through five experiences like writing their "Last Lectures," calculating their carbon footprint, creating tessellations (arrangement of shapes closely fitted together, without gaps or overlapping), exploring the "three P's" (Practices, Products and Perspectives), and understanding the science behind soccer.

  • Interactive discussions with Sister Jess of the Franciscan Order of the Eucharist about her calling to religious vocation in the beautifully renovated Kittler Hall; Mrs. McMillan, our director of youth ministry, led the students through an activity in the chapel reflecting Catholic Social Teaching; Mr. Hughes, our director of catechesis, spoke to students about service and its role in our faith, and Mr. Kiolbassa provided each house with a music ministry workshop.

  • A “virtual meeting” between our students and our “sharing” parish, Our Lady of the Snows.

  • Making fleece blankets for community children in need. These blankets are sent to hospitals and Gigi’s Play House., the neighborhood’s Down Syndrome Achievement Center.

  • Serving students and teachers of pre-K to third grade as classroom helpers. The older students read with younger ones, partnered on spelling and art projects and even got in some recess time.

  • Making lunch and hygiene kits that are provided to the homeless in our community. These kits are gathered and administered through our parish’s rectory.