The participation of Catholic schools in community programs has a vital impact on the lives of not just the underprivileged of Orange County but also on the lives of the students. They are taught at a young age of their social responsibility to give back, enhance their relationship with others, and be grateful of what they have.
Mission Basilica School encourages its students to become “good Samaritans” to their less fortunate brothers and sisters in the community. They have Service Projects in place depending on the academic level of students. These are as follows:
Pre-K. The students are encouraged to contribute peanut butter and jelly to Serra’s Food Pantry, a parish ministry which has been running for over 20 years now. It started off serving food and hygiene items to a limited number of church families, which has now grown to more than 520 families each month. This program has touched the hearts of many donors who have given generously to the program.
Kindergarten. One of the most celebrated holy days amongst Catholic schools is Christmas and Mission Basilica School encourages its kindergarteners to remember Christ’s birth by donating baby clothes to babies born to less fortunate families.
First to Eight Grade Students. First to eighth-grade students have given their time, effort, service, and goods to different communities. They have collected tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, wrote letters for the service members, baked cookies for the Parish community, made blankets for Cancer patients, donated books to Serra’s Pantry, crafted cards for different communities, volunteered at a special needs facility for children and harvested surplus produce to feed the communities of Orange County. All of these aim to instill the importance of the “gift of giving” through hospitality and brotherly love which extends beyond their immediate families. This shows gratitude for the blessings they are fortunate to receive.
Catholic schools like Mission Basilica School do not only focus on the students’ academics but in the formation of their values at an early age which impacts their families and the Orange County community as a whole.