With “love of God, love of self, and love of others” (from the Great Commandment of Jesus Christ) as the overarching theme of our Sacred Studies program, sacred action is a significant portion of what we are about as a Christian academic community. As an Episcopal school, we pride ourselves in this component of our identity where community service speaks boldly of our will to be servants to all in words and actions. Our involvement with the community of West Palm Beach has been a source of pride for both staff and students alike.
School-wide projects, individual class programs, random acts of kindness, school cleanup, recycling, environmental awareness, and giving to the poor and unfortunate are natural extensions of our education and awareness that we are only a small part of the whole human family. What we do at Saint Joseph's has enormous effects on others as well as ourselves not only in the larger community of West Palm Beach but also through the country as our students go forth in their lives.
Some of the projects we have participated in are:
Thanksgiving Food Gathering for “Food for Families”
Thanksgiving Turkeys for the “Community Caring Center”
Gifts for the “Angels Tree Project”
Assisting with the Delray Christmas Tree
“Angel Tree Christmas Dinner” (Serving 250 Homeless)
Pennies for Peace
Place Flags on Veterans’ Graves for Memorial Day
Student Leading Boynton Beach City Council Meeting Opening Prayer
Letters and Cards for Soldiers at War
As a school-wide program, beginning each year at the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi in October, and on a monthly basis, we award the Saint Francis statue to a class that best demonstrates selfless love, service, and compassion for the school or broader community. Individual certificates are also awarded to outstanding students or adults.
All Middle School students are required for graduation to perform at least 60 hours of community service, split between on-campus and off-campus volunteer work. A “Saint Francis Prayer” service award is presented to the graduating eighth grader who accumulates the most hours in their Middle School academic career. We have had honored students with as many as 700 hours!