Faith in Action
An important part of the religious formation of students at San Carlos Catholic School is the focus on Catholic Social Teaching, Social Justice, and responding to the call of the Gospel. Students learn to spread the love of Christ by being the hands and feet of Jesus in this world by sharing our blessings.
Each grade level plans and implements a service project to aid in the work of a community agency or parish during the school year. Projects specifically support a diverse range of needs to introduce students to the many opportunities of giving they can participate in once they graduate from San Carlos School.
Projects by Grade Level
TK & Kindergarten
Transitional Kindergarten students have participated in the “HUG project”, have made an Angel tree for someone needing prayers, routinely make cards for families battling cancer in our community, and have also hidden painted “Love Rocks” to spread love throughout the school and community. Kindergarten projects range from making placemats for The Meals on Wheels program to the Crayon Initiative to Cleaning the Earth.
The first-grade classes held a teddy bear drive for the Monterey Fire Department.
Students choose a person or family in their community to offer a bag or basket of prayers and other items chosen carefully. Students share their experience of “giving’ with their class.
Students supply everything needed for breakfast for women and children enrolled in the I-HELP for women program. Students prepare placemats and bless the food before delivery. Over 60 Monterey-area churches and other faith communities and service organizations provide meals on a rotating basis once a month.
Students make blankets from tied fleece for comfort and warmth for the animals at our local SPCA!
Over 60 Monterey-area churches and other faith communities and service organizations create the I-HELP organization to provide, on a rotating basis, overnight accommodation, warm meals, and person-to-person support for homeless men in the program. Students provide bag lunches each month for the men. The lunches are blessed and prayer cards made by students also enclosed to give encouragement.
“Box of Joy” provides gifts to children in Guatemala, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Along with sharing the joy of Christmas, the program plants seeds of hope through the Gospel. The sixth graders give presentations to the school to promote the program, collect the boxes from each grade level, organize, and help prepare the shipment.
Paper cranes are folded by Sixth-grade students and given to local hospital patients to promote peace. This project follows through with the novel, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes with the goal of folding 1,000 cranes as a class.
Students construct fleece blankets for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets. The blankets are lovingly created by our student “blanketeers.” Blankets are taken to JoAnne’s Fabrics which distribute them to Children's Cancer wards in hospitals.
Eighth Graders vote at the beginning of the school year for their focus. Past projects include Kindness Rock Project for Santa Rosa and Paradise, CA; School-wide Book Collection with personalized bookplates benefiting Guilianna’s Playroom in Texas for at-risk families through The Live Greater Foundation, preparing bagged lunches for Loaves and Fishes organization, Collection of Winter Items and non-perishable foods for Dorothy’s Place in Salinas; Prayer Bouquets for those battling serious illness in the SCS community.
For many years, the school staff participates in the Relay For Life. We honor all our family members, friends, and school community members in this outreach while raising funds for the American Cancer Society.
Student and Staff Inspired Projects
Each year, student leaders step up and request help for communities and events close to their hearts in addition to our planned service projects. Past impromptu service projects have included: in-school recycling programs with money donated to adult care centers, Save the Elephants, Socks for the Homeless, Military care packages, and classroom libraries.
Student Council members are called upon to act as tour guides during our school open houses and to assist with other school-wide assemblies and events. Any student can volunteer as speakers at all local parishes to “kick-off’ our annual Catholic Schools Week Celebrations in January.
Schoolwide and Parish Projects
San Carlos Catholic School commits as a school community to a Thanksgiving Food Drive. The goal is to fill the principal’s office with bags of groceries so that she cannot reach her desk. Food collected is distributed to all food cupboards on the Monterey Peninsula (St. Francis, St. Angela Merici, San Carlos, Loaves and Fishes, St. Jude).
Our school community also supports Catholic Relief Services (CRS) during Lent, and the parish group Care for Creation with Saturday Beach Clean-ups as available.